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February 18, 2009

Nonsense on Rollerskates

This is precisely why it is so stupid to criminalize policy disagreements:

The United States' presence in Pakistan and Afghanistan is only furthering the spread of terrorism and President Obama could be charged with war crimes, former Sen. Fritz Hollings (D-S.C.) wrote Wednesday.

"Why are we killing GIs to spread terrorism?" Hollings, a longtime (though now-retired) lawmaker asked in a blog post for the Huffington Post. "The best way to stabilize is to get out. It became a matter of conscience for me years ago."

Hollings argued that Obama's continuation of some of former President Bush's tactical strategies in the war on terror could make Obama liable for war crimes charges.

"Yesterday I read an article that it won't be long before charging President George W. Bush with war crimes for killing civilians in Pakistan with drones," he argued. "Now the same charge could be made against President Obama."

If ever there were a case to be made against ill considered deference to "international law", this is it.

Posted by Cassandra at February 18, 2009 03:11 PM

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In the slipstream of ideas, Will is low drag, high performance. Fritz, well to be generous, he can be considered to be a gondola tethered to a bag-o-hotaire about the tree tops.

Posted by: bt_bitter-n-clingin'-to-US-law_hun at February 18, 2009 03:37 PM

"Yesterday I read an article that it won't be long before charging President George W. Bush with war crimes for killing civilians in Pakistan with drones,"

Ah, yes -- pearls of wisdom from Fritz "Bush Invaded Iraq To Win The Jewish Vote" Hollings.

Former senator, current buffoon.

Posted by: BillT at February 18, 2009 03:45 PM

"... President Obama could be charged with war crimes,..."

Now I'm really confused. I thought it was Bush who was Evil Incarnate, and Obama who is the Anointed One who will bring Sweetness and Light over the whole conntry. Is Hollings stuck in a time-warp? Or just stuck on Stupid?

"... asked in a blog post for the Huffington Post."

OK, now I understand. Stuck on Stupid.

Posted by: ZZMike at February 18, 2009 07:29 PM

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