( – promoted by buhdydharma )
Well this would be a good sign, but it seems to me like a hollow gesture from the Obama administration. The New York Times reports on the Lawyer picked for the U.S. war crimes post.
Note that isn’t ‘U.S. war crimes’, but a U.S. ambassador coordinating policy for war crimes perpetrated by others in the international community.
The ambassador at large, who works for the State Department, coordinates American policy on a variety of legal issues, including the response to international courts and tribunals and to grave violations anywhere of international human rights law. The Obama administration, which has signaled its belief in a strong American role in upholding international law, is expected to give new weight to the office.
Too bad that in America, war crimes can only happen by the other guy. What we need, Mr. Obama, is a war crimes lawyer to prosecute the Americans who ordered and perpetrated the war crimes. But then, the president is too busy looking forward rather than holding Bush, Cheney, et al accountable for their war crimes.
Upholding international law begins at home. It is far past time to bring our own war criminals to justice.