Obama Picks His War Crimes Ambassador

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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 White House has nominated Stephen Rapp, a well-known figure in international criminal law, to be ambassador at large for war crimes issues.

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.

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  1. You’re under indictment!”

    It’ll never happen, but it would be a cool thing.

    • Heather on July 10, 2009 at 12:47 am

    What right do we have to judge others?

    I’m going to walk my dog.

    God.

  2. seems to be pretty good at.

    well, now Something The Dog Said can add this guy to his Mailing List.

  3. I would prefer to be appointed “war crimes prosecutor.”  Can we get that done?

    Pass the verdejo.

  4. There should be a new washing machine soap that proclaims it will clean everyone`s dirty laundry, not just the “other`s.

    Us consumers aren`t that stupid. (I hope)

  5. What are we gonna do, tell them why torture is wrong? Tell them that indefinite detention is wrong when they do it?

    IDKIUAAmerica

    • Edger on July 10, 2009 at 2:42 am

    that would look the other way from the biggest self confessed gloating war criminals on earth?

    He’ll do a great job as Obama’s ambassador considering the principles he has.

  6. Bullshit.  A number of top candidates are in the running, in fact, so many that Obama is having trouble deciding who the best bullshitter would be.  A recent Zogby poll indicated the public feels a democrat would be best suited to fit the bullshit role, as republicans bullshit is too obvious.  

  7. If you’ve appointed that guy to run a war, you yourself are a war criminal.

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