|I think you've hit the nail on the head. The U.S. successfully picked apart the EU when it came to the invasion of Iraq, revealing the EU to be far less than unified even when it comes to the most important of international issues- war.|
I think one should be careful here. That statement is perfectly correct, as long as the EU is taken to refer to the political leadership; the actual citizens of the EU were pretty much united in their opposition (I think the UK and Poland were the most pro-war, though I'm not sure it ever reached a majority of the population...I could be wrong). So while Slim may be right about a divided EU trying to reassert its principles, this is in the context of fairly widespread doubts about TWAT.
Having said that, I doubt that the EU politicians have particularly strong convictions against the use of torture, for instance, but it is unclear what there is to gain by supporting US imperialism. That is, I think that Slim's argument as regards to the ICC is refreshingly candid and, I'd say, accurately reflects US policy. Human rights, international law and terror(ism) are either irrelevant or are at the very least subservient to the goal of maintaining US hegemony. That doesn't leave much of an incentive for housing secret CIA prisons.