Just a few days in, the President’s accomplishments are piling up, for better or worse depending on your politics. However, one lingers as a troubling issue most Americans should agree needs attention. 32
On Saturday, before the hallowed Wall of the Fallen at CIA headquarters, Trump said this about the War in Iraq: “I always used to say, ‘Keep the oil’… maybe you will have another chance.” 66
Keeping the oil would have be a war crime. Worse, saying that we might keep it “next time” endangers troops currently in oil producing countries right now.
Our troops deserve better from their Commander-in-Chief.
No, keeping the oil wouldn’t have been a war crime. Conquering other nations isn’t such a thing. It could be argued – uselessly I might add – that it would have been a war of aggression at that point, something the UN is supposedly against, but even that could have been smoothed over by calling it the long-established term of reparations along with payment for our repairing and modernizing their extraction and refining capabilities.
Now, I’m not saying that I would agree with such a course of action, but your claims are spurious.
Nope. Geneva Convention.
Not really. It only forbids unnecessary destruction, not confiscation. A nice loophole that has been used before successfully.
I’ll also remind you that the US isn’t bound by the International Criminal Court so it’s laws don’t apply to us.
Kind of leaves out “war crimes” which doesn’t per se make it a good idea, just not a crime by any law the US is actually bound by.
Except, perhaps morality and human decency.
Which have only a tangential relationship with legality.
Hence, if your argument is that it would have been WRONG, OK; that’s a personal perspective. Arguing the legality, however, moves you into the realm or objective, if arguable, facts.
We wouldn’t want to drag facts into this presidency, now would we?
As for me, I’ll stick to my argument on moral and ethical grounds. Just because we might be able technically to do something does not ever mean we should do it.
Well, we’re not going to disagree about the argument, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”
That is great to know. This has been thrilling.