It’ll still be a war crime

Drat that pesky Geneva Convention.

The Pentagon has decided to omit from new detainee policies a key tenet of the Geneva Convention that explicitly bans “humiliating and degrading treatment,” according to knowledgeable military officials, a step that would mark a further, potentially permanent, shift away from strict adherence to international human rights standards.

They can ‘omit’ the Geneva Convention all they want, but such conduct will still be war crimes. And will make the US even more of a rogue nation.

The US is reaching new lunatic heights of imperialism when it decides to ignore rules it insists other countries must follow. But really, they’re failing, aren’t they? The wars are going badly, support at home is eroding. Rather than do something rational, they codify torture instead. They are sick, diseased, and it is they who are the real enemies of freedom.

The State Department fiercely opposes the military’s decision to exclude Geneva Convention protections and has been pushing for the Pentagon and White House to reconsider.