Reason: Trump’s Shameful Pardons for War Criminals Undermine America’s Moral Authority

Steven Greenhut, writing at Reason:

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump pardoned a former Army lieutenant who was convicted of ordering his troops to fire on unarmed civilians. He granted a pardon to an Army major who had been awaiting trial for killing an Afghan man. Trump reversed the demotion of another officer, who had been acquitted of alleged war crimes charges but was convicted of a lesser charge of posing with a dead Taliban fighter.

[…] Pentagon brass, who urged the president not to issue these orders, fear that the president’s actions will undermine the system of military justice. Gen. Martin Dempsey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tweeted that it signals “that we don’t take the Law of Armed Conflict seriously.” He called it an “abdication of moral responsibility.” He’s right.

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