As he prepares to run for the Republican nomination for president, Ben Carson seems to be getting dumber and more ridiculous by the day. In a Fox News interview, he said we need to send in ground troops to fight ISIS and that there should be no laws of war like the Geneva Conventions.
In a Fox News interview, Carson offered a broad criticism President Obama’s handling of national security. Asked how he would take on ISIS were he president, the neurosurgeon vowed he would “not hesitate to put boots on the ground.” He then suggested that the military should not be micromanaged or subject to any war crimes law:
CARSON: Our military needs to know that they’re not gonna be prosecuted when they come back, because somebody has, said “You did something that was politically incorrect.” There is no such thing as a politically correct war. We need to grow up, we need to mature. If you’re gonna have rules for war, you should just have a rule that says no war. Other than that, we have to win. Our life depends on it.
So then he’s perfectly okay if another country tortures our soldiers, right? That’s one of the most basic laws of war. He’s okay if other countries violate the Geneva Conventions in their treatment of POWs they take in war, right? Oh, I’m sure the answer is no. That’s what American exceptionalism really means — we demand that everyone else follow the rules but we can do whatever the hell we want without consequences. It’s the sort of thing a child demands, not a serious adult.
And this notion that this has anything to do with being “politically correct” is total bullshit. Soldiers are court-martialed for violating the laws of war by the military. He should go ask the Joint Chiefs of Staff what they think about war crimes and why they have rules forbidding many types of conduct. I bet he’d get an earful about why he’s completely full of shit.