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Friday, May 28, 2010


Hoist with their own petard

Almost literally, in this case:
"A senior United Nations official is expected to call on the United States next week to stop Central Intelligence Agency drone strikes against people suspected of belonging to Al Qaeda."
"[An Army manual defines] the charge of “murder in violation of the laws of war” as a killing by someone who did not meet “the requirements for lawful combatancy” — like being part of a regular army or otherwise wearing a uniform.
"But as the Khadr hearing approached, Harold Koh, the State Department legal adviser, pointed out that such a definition could be construed as a concession by the United States that C.I.A. drone operators were war criminals."
Needless to say, the U.S. solution was to rewrite the manual, not to stop the drone strikes.

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