Massie fires back:

These things always begin with "a pretty isolated example". And if a government kills one of its fellow-citizens without seeking any legal mandate for doing so then what is that if it's not an "assassination"? This is not something that is dependent upon the status or salubrity of the victim. The corpse and the authority are what count. al-Awlaki is no kind of good guy but he is an American citizen and, consequently, has rights denied the average al-Qaeda horror-show.

Response imminent. But "salubrity"? Love the word, but shurely shome mishtake. How does the good health of the terrorist enemy affect these issues? Or am I missing something?

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