Secretary of State John Kerry, Our Newest “General” Leading Cambodia 2.0


Congratulations to John Kerry, who now has the job he has always wanted.

I do hope some enterprising journalist asks him about this, a key legal justification for the forever wherever war he is now a critical leader of.

The department has not found any authority for the proposition that when one of the parties to an armed conflict plans and executes operations from a base in a new nation, an operation to engage the enemy in that location cannot be part of the original armed conflict and thus subject to the laws of war governing that conflict, unless the hostilities become sufficiently intense and protracted in the new location. That does not appear to be the rule of the historical practice, for instasnce, even in a traditional international conflict. See John R. Stevenson, Legal Advisor, Department of State, United States Military Action in Cambodia: Questions of International Law, Adress before the Hammerskjold Forum of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (May 28, 1970), in 3 The Vietnam War and International Law: The Widening Context 23 28-30 (Richard A Falk, ed 1972) (arguing that in an international armed conflict, if a netural state has been unable for any reason to prevent violations of its neutrality by the troops of one belligerent using its territory as a base of operations, the other belligerent has historically  been justified in attacking those enemy forces in that state). [my emphasis]

I fear the projectiles he and his team will be throwing this time around will be far more lethal than the medals he once threw.

Update: Thanks to pushingrope for suggesting that this YouTube is more appropriate than old pictures of the Winter Soldiers.

Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Reddit0Share on Facebook0Google+0Email to someone

5 Responses to Secretary of State John Kerry, Our Newest “General” Leading Cambodia 2.0

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Emptywheel Twitterverse
emptywheel @dmon2112 A tribute to my respect for Marshawn Lynch and Carroll's dumb last call. @AllThingsHLS @49ers @kayak_nc
1hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @PropsRenee: 'Children of the Stone' a moving look at music's power in Palestine http://t.co/tFrxRGsMPC
1hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @kayak_nc Probably why Beast is wearing it and not Al La Mode. @AllThingsHLS @dmon2112 @49ers
2hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @AllThingsHLS Al La Mode wears a women's softball harness? @dmon2112 @49ers @kayak_nc
2hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @dmon2112 Yeah, I'm thinking @49ers. Gisele makes everyone but Gronk dress better than that. @AllThingsHLS @kayak_nc
2hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @barryeisler @jayrosen_nyu Here is the full glory of Fineman's timeline before the deletion: http://t.co/jfDhYHbwaE
5hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @ClaraJeffery nearly 30 years in and around criminal law seems to point clearly to the former.
6hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz .@JesselynRadack I don't see why. Evidence is that @paulabroadwell's own neurotic obsession with+invasion of Jill Kelley caused own downfall
6hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz Paper, plastic or Ducey bag? http://t.co/tEWs7SPl2v Uh so theres an IndieGoGo to help make reusable Doug Douchebags https://t.co/2SnrMC0HAI
6hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @yeselson @sbagen @LemieuxLGM Either way, what an ugly deal. Frankly, Smith is unwatchable even were it not for his roaring misogyny.
6hreplyretweetfavorite
February 2013
S M T W T F S
« Jan   Mar »
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
2425262728