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I'm pretty sure you call the activities described in this ABC News blockbuster "war crimes" and the people who committed them -- "the most senior Bush administration officials . . . members of the National Security Council's Principals Committee" -- are war criminals.

I once upon a time thought that Bushite detestation of the International Criminal Court was some kind of principled defense of war crimes and war criminals. It's become clear, however, that the concerns are all too practical and personal -- it's vital for the Bush administration that the guilty go free and the laws go unenforced, because otherwise they'd be looking at cells in the Hague. One doubts this crew ever will face legal sanction, but I can at least hope that the threat of prosecution crimps their travel plans in retirement.

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Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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