Butch Bracknell

Butch Bracknell is a retired Marine officer, an international law professional, a former international security fellow at The Atlantic Council of the United States, a member of the Truman National Security Project, and fellow at the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.  These opinions are his own and may not be attributed to any organization or institution.

Frankly, it might be a good idea not to drop bombs on oil trucks with drivers inside.  However wise it may be, it is not legally required.

Sunday marked the 50th Anniversary of President Johnson’s signature of the Joint Resolution to promote the maintenance of international peace and security in southeast Asia.

For an act to be a “war crime,” ideally there must be some tribunal with competence to punish it.

What does the developing world make of the current brand of legislative gridlock and social intolerance that prevails in the American political system today?

The challenges that our nation will face over the next four years measure up in quality and quantity against the yardstick of history - so stay strong down the stretch.

The killing of this (unprivileged, unlawful) combatant enjoyed ample legal authority under both international and domestic law, and is, as a matter of law and policy, uncontroversial.