Trump Shows Signs He Will Pardon Servicemen Accused or Convicted of War Crimes

These last few months have been so relentlessly exhausting that I haven’t really had much to say around here. But this…THIS…pardoning people convicted of war crimes?!? Do you know how hard it is to get convicted of something like this under the UCMJ? It’s as unlikely as a cop getting convicted for shooting a civilian. It’s THAT hard.

And what’s the point of this? Convicting the men and women who commit crimes such as these isn’t just done because it morally right; it’s also done because it’s in our own self interest, both narrowly as a military and more broadly as a nation.

If ever you wanted to do something to demonstrate to the world that we’ve never meant any of the things we’ve said, that our ideals were just a smokescreen hiding naked amoral self interest, I cannot think of much that would do so more clearly.

War crimes. He’s going to pardon people CONVICTED of war crimes. War crimes. On Memorial Day. War crimes.

Military officials received expedited requests for paperwork needed to pardon several military members on or around Memorial Day. — Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/05/18/us/trump-pardons-war-crimes.html

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