“Despite those who ignore the rules of the international system, the United States must remain a standard-bearer in the conduct of war. The United States will maintain and support international norms by upholding the Geneva Conventions and by providing detainees and prisoners of war the rights and protections afforded to them under international law.” Can we CC a copy to the Justice Department and the White House?

Also, pretty much all of Page 10 is great, including the subtle but clear-and-solemn insistence on saying that we can’t commit forces to war “absent a clear mission” supported from the “outset” by the American people, to whom responsible officials have communicated the “risks and costs” of war.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman