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Gen. Eaton: KSM ‘Is a Murderer, Not a Combatant’ « The Washington Independent

Jul 31, 2020
Retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, who helped command the training of the Iraqi Army during the early phase of the Iraq war, is distressed to hear that at least some of President Obama’s advisers are urging him to abandon a civilian trial for 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. “I do not see KSM as a combatant,” said Eaton, who is now a senior adviser to the progressive National Security Network. “This guy is a criminal, he is not a combatant. He is a murderer. He is not a combatant.” Combatants could reasonably be charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice in a courts-martial-like system — which the military commissions are not. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was arrested in Rawalpindi, Pakistan in 2003, far from any battlefield.
“Putting a military face on the American judicial system is counterproductive for our image abroad,” Eaton continued, recalling his work to convince Iraqi soldiers to obey the rule of law and civilian control of the military. “If you put the judicial system into the military’s hands, that is really a challenge to the premise that civilians and not the military are responsible for guiding and directing military activities. It is really a logic break to try these cases in a military setting.”
Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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