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By Rob Meltzer
Dec. 23, 2012 11:15 a.m.



I heard an interesting thing on a Sunday morning show on NPR (that right wing rag)–that one of the biggest challenges faced by Secretary of State John Kerry is that he may be the first S of S who has to engage in diplomacy by Skype, and that Hillary Clinton’s global tour may have been a swan song for the traveling diplomat. I haven’t really thought this through and nothing on NPR has much value, but the problem is this: Although some might have missed it during the election season, an international court has now ruled that the CIA policies of torture and extraordinary rendition in at least one specific case were illegal. As a matter of law, this finding may now form the basis for the transition from the specific to the general, meaning that if the torture and rendition in one case reflects a national policy, then the finding of the specific reflects a policy of crimes against humanity and war crimes.  By American insistence in the 1940s and 1950s, the war crime for crimes against humanity are not limited to the head of state, but to those, also, who don’t root it out. Meaning, that an international court, or any crazed Spanish judge, may now seek an indictment against Obama and this administration for crimes against humanity. No wonder Hillary picked this moment to quit. Not that its a problem. Obama can take his kids to Disneyworld instead of Europe, and John Kerry can enjoy the exquisite cuisine of Adams Morgan.

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