Quote: "The use of military commissions to try enemy combatants has been part and parcel of the war power for 200 years." Solicitor General Paul Clement.
Figure of Speech: idiom (ID-ee-om), the figure of inseparable words.
About every other day, Figaro gets an email that contains a cluster of words and a request to name the figure. Usually, the cluster is an idiom ("peculiar" or "singular"), a group of words that must taken, well, part and parcel; they serve as a single word with one meaning. "Part and parcel," for instance, means the same as another idiom, "comes with the territory." The government’s top trial lawyer uses it to defend military tribunals for what the administration calls "enemy combatants."
An idiom might be Greek to you. Joe Average may not have the foggiest notion of what a person is getting at, but take it all with a grain of salt and Bob’s your uncle. Catch my drift?
Snappy Answer: "One, this is not a war, at least not an ordinary war. Two, it’s not a war crime because that doesn’t fall under international law. And three, it’s not a war crime tribunal or commission because [there is] no emergency." Justice Breyer, responding to Clement with a eutrepismus.