Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Targeting Americans

This part of the story concerns me.

"Awlaki twice made headlines last week. Along with several other al Qaeda operatives, the preacher was the target of a U.S. airstrike in Yemen on Dec. 24."

That Awlaki was there at the meeting that was targeted is one thing. But this report says that he personally was one of the targets. If true, here is another example of the difficulties of this war and this administration's confused approach to it.

Awlaki is an American. Apparently we don't have "enough" on him to issue an arrest warrant - but we have enough to target him for killing.

Frankly, I'm don't know what the answer is... but we should be discussing the question. If an American outside the US is involved with terrorist groups, can you kill him? What if he comes back to the US to continue planning? Can you still kill him or do you have to arrest him? When and how do you make the transition from military target to suspect?

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