If the Nuremberg principles were applied, every US president since WW2 would be indictable.
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What an absolutely impelling argument
I need to exclude the last two presidents. They were not covered in the video, although I’m sure they would also apply.
This is probably the war crime that you might think applies to US conflicts: “wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.” Which Presidents are you accusing of this?
I’m not accusing anyone of anything. I posed the question to you and everyone else.
Ok, I’m curious to see the responses too.
I think Chomsky does a good enough job accusing .... what part of what Chomsky said don’t you agree with super ...
My mistake not noticing that the poll had a link. I don’t disagree, in general, with the notion, but merely wanted to trigger the debate by asking for specifics.
Ok, so here’s one that you may be considering to be applicable: “Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression.” ...the key word is “aggression” meaning the country that starts the war. Which Presidents do you suggest indicting for this crime?
There are many examples in the link I shared. He goes through them fairly fast but I’m gonna go through and pause and look them up one by one to double check, probably tomorrow. But they sounded legit and I feel that Chomsky is a genuine person. Many are events I remember but may not have been privy to the entirety and some are events I never knew about at all.
Someone did it for you...
Truman for the atomic bomb (deliberate targeting of civilians as mass murder), plus counter-insurgency work in Greece
Eisenhower for role of CIA in the overthrow of the Arbentz government in Guatemala, maybe also intervention in Lebanon and role of CIA in Iran
Kennedy for Bay of Pigs invasion ("outright aggression"), Operation Mongoose, and Vietnam
Johnson for Vietnam escalation
Nixon for Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos
Ford he acknowledges as tricky but his support of Indonesian invasion of East Timor ("near genocidal")
Carter as "least violent" but supported Indonesian government despite atrocities
Reagan for "the stuff in Central America," support of Israeli invasion of Lebanon
Bush (Sr.) — doesn't say anything specific, seems to think it is obvious (probably would involve Gulf War)
Thanks for collating! I’m gonna check into them in detail and see if there’s a video of him giving more examples. I’m interested in what he has on Obama too. I’m sure some drone strikes at least.
Oh but he did go into a few with Bush sr and Clinton for sure. W Bush was the one he didn’t even entertain.
I think it’s a stretch to implicate our Presidents in the misbehavior of so-called “friendly” foreign governments, like the references to Indonesia. Also, the Gulf War was in response to the invasion of Kuwait, a country we (i.e., an international coalition) chose to defend through a United Nations resolution, hence not a war of “aggression” and with a firm legal basis in international law.
I would say that W Bush is guilty for attacking Iraq as Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11. www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/13/alqaeda.saddam/
Here are those... legal.un.org/ilc/texts/instruments/english/draft_articles/7_1_1950.pdf