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  •  I didn't see where you actually defend it. (2+ / 0-)
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    Words In Action, penguins4peace
    My defense of the Obama Administration policy provides one exceptionally important caveat—a fear that the decisions to designate a person a kill target does not have an effective "devil's advocate" to argue against the designation.
    You are laying a good factual foundation for making an argument in defense, though.  I look forward to your comments and Part II.

    It would seem to me that the determining factor, as to US citizens, is the presence of the risk of imminent harm to other US citizens and the lack of any other legal alternative that would prevent that risk from occurring.   Absent that, I see no difference between what was done to Al-Awlaki and arranging to secretly poison him at home, placing a bomb in his car or simply paying someone to walk up to him in a mosque and blow his brains out.  

    We wouldn't think to do that to any other "dangerous" US citizen, like a certain LA ex-cop that is now being feted as a misunderstood whistle blower.  I wonder what people here would say if the LA police simply deemed him to be "dangerous" and targeted his Mom's dinner table in say, Pakistan, for a drone strike as he sat down for a secret Last Supper before turning himself in after hearing that he won't be harmed if he does, in fact, turn himself in.

    Many hands make light work, but light hearts make heavy work the lightest of all.

    by SpamNunn on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 09:23:29 AM PST

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