The United States used to stand for the rule of law. We used to pride ourselves as the moral beacon for the rest of the world. We didn’t summarily execute people without a trial. But those days are long gone, replaced by a semi-covert drone warfare program started by former President George W. Bush and ramped up by President Obama who has his own “kill list” and has ordered the drone execution of American citizens without due process, most notably Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old son who were blasted away in Yemen in 2011.
Driving this arguably illegal drone warfare program is a poisonous concoction of fear and nationalism.