One way to reliably signal that our country doesn’t care a whit about human rights or international law is to go out of our way to pardon war criminals. It’s beyond idiotic, and something anyone with a thimble full of brain matter knows you shouldn’t do. Which is why Donald Trump is currently contemplating it.
According to a Saturday New York Times report, Trump is considering pardons for “high-profile cases of murder, attempted murder and desecration of a corpse, according to two United States officials.” And, no, this has nothing to do with Eric and Don Jr.’s latest trip to Nevada. These are war crimes — the very kind that have always given Donnie’s bone spurs a voltaic tingle.
But as with most things Trump has no experience with and hasn’t bothered to study up on or sit still for a lecture about, he has no clue what he’s talking about.
But Rep. Ted Lieu, a decorated Air Force Reserve lieutenant colonel and former military prosecutor, certainly does:
Dear @realDonaldTrump: You've never served. Military juries will convict members for war crimes based not just on morality. We who've served know that killing civilian children, women & seniors makes it harder to secure the peace & is a great recruiting tool for terrorists. https://t.co/fhppaoGskZ
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 19, 2019
Yup. By protecting bad apples, Trump will only succeed in making life more difficult and more dangerous for our active service members. In other words, he’s making the world a worse place for innocent civilians and our own soldiers in order to make a ham-handed political point and goose his gormless throng of cultists.
Then again, when has Trump ever thought a policy decision through or sought to do the right thing?