We have a fighting force overseas ranging from grunts on the ground to Army Rangers and Navy SEAL teams, all trained, willing and expected to risk their lives on behalf of American values. Here at home are the police, FBI and our National Guard units. Acceptance of assassination is not, so far as I know, considered an American value.
Had FDR ordered someone "killed on sight" who could have been captured, as Jonah Goldberg posits in his column on drone warfare, I have no doubt that much of the world, including many Americans, would have been shocked. This is not about assassinating Americans here or abroad; it's about the irreversible punishment of anyone who hasn't been legitimately proved guilty.
Jon K. Williams
Has our government killed Americans at home and without trial? Ask an American Indian, a British loyalist born in America or a southern Confederate combatant.