Magazine November 1, 2010, Issue

Assassin-in-Chief

Anwar al-Awlaki (HO/AFP/Getty/Newscom)
The War on Terror has blinded the Right to a disturbing expansion of executive power

Here are two facts: 1. Anwar al-Awlaki is an American citizen and an al-Qaeda propagandist. 2. Pres. Barack Obama proposes to assassinate him. Between the first fact and the second falls the shadow.

The Awlaki case has led many conservatives into dangerous error, as has the War on Terror more generally. That conservatives are for the most part either offering mute consent or cheering as the Obama administration draws up a list of U.S. citizens to be assassinated suggests not only that have we gone awry in our thinking about national security, limitations on state power, and the role of the

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