The drone debate heated up this week when a Department of Justice memo leaked to NBC News outlined the Obama administration’s justification for being able do unleash deadly force with drones in other countries, including the targeting of American citizens. The memo included specific guidelines – the citizen has to be a leader of al-Qaida or an associated force, there has to be an imminent threat and capture has to be impossible. But the way the guidelines were worded, it was clear that the administration was claiming the right to kill an American overseas based on the opinion of just one official.
Some critics harshly criticized President Obama for hypocrisy for taking even further anti-terrorism policies of President Bush that presidential candidate Obama had excoriated Bush for. But others said Obama was merely confronting the reality of being commander in chief and having to do whatever it takes to protect this country and its interests.