Deep in the midsts of endeavoring to recover from their malaise and depression, Charles C.W. Cooke and Kevin Williamson drop lower on the Hamilton Depression Scale by parsing the results from last night’s Nevada caucus. Then, on to a more cheery topic: Kevin’s Pulitzer Prize worthy expose on prescription drugs, How Prescription-Drug Abuse Unleashed a Heroin Epidemic. It’s sobering and required reading. Finally, some thoughts on the proposed closing of Guantanamo.

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  1. Profile photo of Austin Murrey Member

    Two podcasts in two days? What dark sorcery is this!

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    • February 24, 2016 at 8:09 am
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    Kevin should forget the Swiss option — they no longer want Americans to have bank accounts there because the long arm of the IRS will come for you regardless and foreigners find US law too complicated (as if we understand it ourselves, right?).

    It is no accident that the Obama Administration has even doubled the paperwork fees for dropping US citizenship. So you are in the same lifeboat as the rest of us, big guy. Grab an oar.

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    • February 24, 2016 at 9:46 am
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    Charlie,

    It was explained to me by a 23 year old electrical engineer who was in command of 10 other computer techs. His hair was turning grey! Literally. He asked me the rhetorical question “What is the drug of choice among computer techs?”

    He explained, “Generic Buffered Aspirin – The Large Bottle”.

    Please check out the post below before you jump from Buckley Tower.

    Actual Analysis Indicates We Aren’t Doomed

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • February 24, 2016 at 10:02 am
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    I liked your story about eh heroine epidemic, as someone who’s family has been touched by this, I can tell you in the Atlanta suburbs, as I a, sure Kevin discovered, this is truly an epidemic, and at its core is the formerly easy availability of prescription opiates, coupled with the over subscription of these to the kids who start in them’s parents (from whom they steal them). With the changes wrought by legislation and the pharmaceutical companies to address this, of course, the opiate addict turns to an easy and cheap alternative, heroine.

    It’s an extremely difficult addiction. Thanks for bringing it to NR.

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    • February 24, 2016 at 11:19 am
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    Austin Murrey:Two podcasts in two days? What dark sorcery is this!

    Kevin has a lot to work in before the move to Switzerland.

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    • February 24, 2016 at 11:33 am
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    I don’t think it’s such a slam dunk that executing them would not be a violation of International law. It may be that under customary international law, the US could execute them. But I think it’s a moot point, under the Geneva Conventions I believe no signatory can violate certain minimum requirements regardless of the status of the detainee.

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    • February 24, 2016 at 12:40 pm
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    Andy Blanco:I don’t think it’s such a slam dunk that executing them would not be a violation of International law. It may be that under customary international law, the US could execute them. But I think it’s a moot point, under the Geneva Conventions I believe no signatory can violate certain minimum requirements regardless of the status of the detainee.

    The Hague Convention of 1907 allowed partisans to be summarily executed without it being a war crime. Upheld at Nuremberg. The Geneva Convention of 1949 said you get POW treatment if you had insignia visible at a distance and were being directed. Not sure whether a non-state actor even gets this coverage. Since their non-state probably isn’t a signatory. Possibly a Law Talk topic.

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    • February 24, 2016 at 10:14 pm
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  8. Profile photo of Andy Blanco Thatcher

    Ya, like all these questions of international law, you can usually argue both sides pretty persuasively. I’d like to hear John and Richard talk about it as well.

    I did a little digging, and I think it’s right to say that even if they are not POWs (and I agree they aren’t) then any punishment must be in accord with the laws of the detaining state or with international law. Both would require fairly extensive due process and so I don’t think summary execution would be legal today.

    All that aside, I also don’t think summary execution is a very wise policy decision. For all the lofty claims by international human rights people, I think the bedrock of international law is reciprocation. Even though we are likely to be fighting barbaric jihadists in the near term who will violate the rights of our soldiers irrespective of what we do, it’s not unreasonable to think that our soldiers, intelligence people, etc. may be detained by states at some point in the not too distant future and this is not really a precedent that would bode well for their safety.

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    • February 25, 2016 at 7:28 am
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