re: Importance of the Military Commissions Act

I’ve looked at the legislation from the vantage point of Senators John McCainJohn McCainDefense contingency misuse threatens national security Former Bush national security official backing Clinton over Trump Juan Williams: GOP sounds the sirens over Trump MORE, Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamDefense contingency misuse threatens national security Gun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA Bipartisan gun measure survives test vote MORE, and John Warner, given their experience and their particular knowledge of the subject. In addition, I’ve paid close attention to the differences that are emerging, and I’ve concluded that this is the best compromise that I see. It might be a different bill if I wrote it, but this is the bill that can pass.

There is certainly an argument to be made that this in some way modifies Common Article 3. I understand that argument, but in a sense so does the Army manual. What I’ve resolved is that this is the most appropriate way to get legislation through and resolve our differences.

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