Gen. P.X. Kelley, Marine Commandant under Reagan, and Robert F. Turner, a Reagan-era White House lawyer, seem to have caught Bush Derangement Syndrome. There’s been a lot of that going around lately.
Having established by clear reasoning that the latest White House rules on interrogation are in violation of Common Article III of the Geneva Conventions, which the Supreme Court has ruled protects all detainees, Kelley and Turner go on to say:
Violations of Common Article 3 are “war crimes” for which everyone involved — potentially up to and including the president of the United States — may be tried in any of the other 193 countries that are parties to the conventions.
Kelley and Turner argue that even actions short of “torture” can still constitute war crimes.
Why does a four-star Marine general support the terrorists? Maybe Tony Snow can explain.
Since we’re not really going to send bush to the Hague for trial, and since the Military Commissions Act more or less completely immunizes him from domestic prosecution for his war crimes, President Obama should consider establishing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.