Glad to see he recognizes that he broke the law in a major way and there is a penance to be served for it. However I respectfully disagree with him (and many others I’m sure) about how wars are conducted. Here’s a little secret for him: War is fucking ugly. It’s an extremely nasty business and since it first reared its ugly head, non-combatants have been killed in the midst. Even when our enemies met us directly in battle, civilians were still killed from time to time. But unlike the savages we face in some areas of the world today, we don’t target civilian populations nor rejoice in it. They are not our target. We have worked extremely hard to minimize collateral deaths/damage in our tactics and technology. Nukes haven’t been dropped since WW2, carpet bombing is a thing of the past, even nearly all of our landmines are no-longer target activated (whoever put it out must trigger it) to avoid accidental detonations. We now have precision missiles, risk getting in closer to more accurately ID and kill targets with choppers, drones, and personnel, and the call for special warfare personnel is greater than ever because they excel at pinpoint action against individuals. We have not perfected the art of war so far that only those who would do us harm are killed and innocents go unscathed, but damnit if we haven’t made leaps in cleaning it up. Save for a relatively few sickos, war fighters want to kill their enemies and survive, they have no desire to see an innocent person killed. Moreover, an innocent’s death at their hands is usually a traumatizing thing. That’s no condolence to that civilian or their family, but it can’t be discounted in making the argument that our warriors are heartless killers of any and everybody. And those who act recklessly and criminally are more often than not held accountable for their actions. We do not send our soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen into hostile lands to hug or debate our enemies. They are trained fighters with a job to do and an arguably ridiculous amount of rules to follow in the execution of their missions. All the more reason serious debate, discussion, research, and planning should run their course before opting to unleash the hounds. Equally important is our citizens, our leaders, and military having the wits, the stomach, and the true understanding of what it is to be at war. Our barbaric enemies have taken Tsun Tzu’s lessons very well in that they do hide among the people like fish in water. Despite our efforts, civilians will die in this very nasty business. But do not forget it is not our policy or aim as that is exactly the goal of our enemy.