In 1997, the Cambodian government asked for the UN's assistance in setting up a genocide tribunal. It took nine years to agree to the structure of the court before the judges were sworn in. In 2008, John McCain ran for President in the United States, despite admitting repeatedly in interviews that he was "guilty of war crimes" and "intentionally bombed women and children" in the invasion of Cambodia, Vietnam, & Laos. The Bush administration was reelected after the illegal Iraq & Afghanistan campaigns. On September 19, 2007 Nuon Chea, second in command of the Khmer Rouge and its most senior surviving member, was charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity. He faced Cambodian and foreign judges at the special genocide tribunal and was convicted in 2014 to receive a life sentence. The Obama administration & the Clinton-led State Department did not assist or participate in the proceedings.