Top Ten U.S. Presidents Accused of War CrimesAlpha101 We've had some great presidents and...some not so great presidents. Here they are.
The Top Ten
O'le Wubya started the War On Terror, in response to the 9/11 attacks. Because of this war, thousands of civilians have died from drone strikes. Also, captured enemy combatants were brutally tortured, which defies international law. - Alpha101
A former member of the CIA (which is also responsible for many war crimes and human rights violations), Bush aided Reagan's efforts in aiding genocidal dictatorships in Nicaragua and Guatemala. Bush also helped Reagan in illegally selling arms to Iran. He helped Reagan support Iraq, and later did a 360 and invaded the country. Thousands of civilians were killed, and vital infrastructure was destroyed. - Alpha101
Obama continued most of Wubya's policies, and even expanded some of them. He expanded drone strikes, which were revealed to kill unintended targets, meaning civilians, around 90% of the time. He authorized the use of double-tap strikes, which disproportionately kill first responders to original drone strikes. Obama also continued the torture of unconvicted enemies of war, which is, again, in defiance of international law. - Alpha101
Nixon expanded the Vietnam War, which saw the deaths of thousands of civilians. While most of these deaths were unintentional, some were actually purposeful. On top of this, he deployed chemical weapons. - Alpha101
Johnson also expanded the War in Vietnam, which saw the deaths of thousands of civilians. And, again, he deployed chemical weapons. - Alpha101
Reagan illegally sold weapons to Iran. He secretly supported Iraq. He helped fund brutal South American dictatorships in order to prevent the flow of communism. On top of all that, Reagan actually was charged for war crimes, just never prosecuted. - Alpha101
Arguably the Firebombings of Japan would also constitute as war crimes due to the indiscriminate killings as a result of Operation Meetinghouse.
Truman was the only president to ever authorize the use of nuclear weapons. While the necessity of the attacks on Japan are still debated today, their is no doubt that the attacks to constitute as war crimes. I mean, they were intentionally used against civilians. Necessary or not, this defies international law. - Alpha101
Revisionist history alert; holy crap have you been getting the full indoctrination. Papa Joe would be so proud of you.
Eisenhower authorized the overthrow of the government of Guatemala, which caused the deaths of civilians. He was also a major proponent of the War in Vietnam. - Alpha101
Clinton placed crippling sanctions on Iraq, which was estimated to kill around half a million Iraqi children. He also continued Bush's policies of bombing Iraq, and even accidentally ordered the bombing of a hospital. - Alpha101
Kennedy started the Vietnam War, which would cause the deaths of thousands of civilians. - Alpha101
He put Japanese Americans in camps.
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2. George H. W. Bush
3. Richard Nixon