Even George W Bush, in spite of all the disgraceful human rights abuses he presided over, did not target American citizens for assassination […]
Now that these tactics can be applied to American citizens, without any need for judicial approval, even die-hard Obama supporters should be wondering what good was served by believing in his plans for ‘change’.
No doubt the world would be a better place if al-Awlaki dropped dead in the morning, but I’m not sure Americans ought to cheer if it happened as a result of death by Presidential diktat rather than by him falling under a bus.
Executive powers are rarely shrivelled, given up by a president or taken away by Law, and that al-Awlaki is believed to be in Yemen will soon be of no consequence. The living gods will come to regard an American terrorist as a target for assassination whether he’s in the Middle East or the Midwest, and we know that this regime regards normal, decent Americans as terrorists.
Be careful what you wish for.