President Donald Trump just announced another war crime on the Internet.
“These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner,” he wrote Sunday. “Such legal notice is not required, but is given nevertheless!”
Georgetown Law Professor Marty Lederman, who used to serve as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel, pointed out a problem in the president’s “notification.” The problem was the promise of a possible disproportionate response to attacks from Iran.
Official “notice” of an acknowledged-in-advance violation of law! (“in a disproportionate