The U.S. army says it will reduce personnel from 570k at the peak of the Iraq occupation and 558k as of March to 490k in 2017 in part by lowering the number of personnel with “moral, medical and criminal” problems.
Way too small a reduction if the U.S. is to stanch its long-term decline resulting from maintaining an empire. But nevermind that. Using criminals as occupiers is an invitation to atrocity — as is using teenagers as occupiers. U.S. policy, indeed that of all nations, ought eliminate any possibility of military employment for criminals and those under 21 years of age. Any other policy ought be a violation of international law.
Too little, too late, perhaps, depending on how quickly human military personnel are replaced by robots.
Perhaps of more longstanding relevance (it could include drone actions) invasion/occupation ethics also ought be a matter of international law.
The market euphemistically known as the community of nations must do a much better job of self-regulating…or else!
Have a good upcoming weekend, including those in places where Memorial Day is observed.