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He also noted that the British deputy legal adviser to the Foreign Ministry had stated that:

"I regret that I cannot agree that it is lawful to use force against Iraq without a second Security Council resolution ... [A]n unlawful use of force on such a scale amounts to the crime of aggression; nor can I agree with such action in circumstances that are so detrimental to the international order and the rule of law."

Only in America could leaders convince their citizens they are not launching an aggressive war when they unilaterally attack foreign nations thousands of miles away which pose no serious threat to them.

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(1) Robert McNamara, "The Post-Cold War World; Implications for Military Expenditures In Developing Countries," in Proceedings of the World Bank Annual Conference on Development Economics, 1991 (Washington D.C.: International Bank of Reconstruction and Development, 1991)

(2) See "Dollars and Deaths," Congressional Record, May 14, 1975, p. 14262

(3) Kindle loc., 7078ff.

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(4) "The Study Mission Report for the Subcommittee to Investigate Problems Connected With Refugees and Escapees," January 27, 1975, p. 31

(5) Vietnam in Military Statistics, p. 278

(6) The Deaths of Others, Kindle loc. 3653

(7) The Deaths of Others, Kindle loc. 3311

(8) The Deaths of Others, kindle loc. 5988

(9) The two times Congress has limited Executive war-making were its vote to halt bombing over Cambodia in August 1973, and when it cut military aid to Thieu from $1.2 billion to $700 million in the fall of 1974.

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(10) "United States Security Agreements and Commitments Abroad, Kingdom of Laos,"Hearings Before the Subcommittee on United States Security Agreements and Commitments Abroad of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, Ninety-First Congress, First Session, Part 2,  October 20 , 21, 22, and 28, 1969, p. 514

(11) "United States Security Agreements and Commitments Abroad, Kingdom of Laos," ibid.p. 547

(12) Sao Doumma's wedding photo appears on the cover of Voices From the Plain of Jars, recently republished, which is the only book of the Indochina war written by the peasants who suffered most and were heard from least.

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