The United States has prosecuted more war crimes for the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan than World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined. Far more. In these recent conflicts, we have seen overly restrictive, vague and obstructive rules of engagement. We have an incredible number of military lawyers inserting themselves in every aspect of combat operations. Our strategy of winning the hearts and minds of the people has turned into a strategy of political correctness and compromise. Our Marines and Soldiers are being sacrificed, thrown under the bus, so that U.S. officials and leaders can hold these prosecutions high as though they were an award or a badge. However, the most disturbing aspect of these war crimes cases is the fact that so many are charged with murder – of the enemy. While good order and discipline must be maintained and there always must be oversight of the violence of combat, we train our warriors to kill the enemy with violence and force. If that warrior kills the enemy but violates some current rule of engagement, that conduct must be addressed. But when we order our warriors to kill and train them to have the intent to kill the enemy every day in combat, a charge of premeditated murder for a violation of some rule, or for just making a mistake, is ludicrous. We have charged and convicted too many warriors of war crimes since the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. War is a horrible, violent and dirty action. When you send in American forces to fight an unseen and unrecognizable enemy who will use any means to kill our men and women, undesirable results are sure to follow. However, charging our own warriors with murder, especially premeditated murder, is offensive and a perverse use of the law.