According to various reports, the head of the Pakistani Taliban, Baitullah Mehsud, was killed yesterday by a CIA drone missile strike. Remember the recent outrage over the Bush-era planned CIA assassination program that was never implemented? Some of the same people who were shocked and horrified by a program that didn't get beyond the planning stage, seem to have no problem with actual assassinations. The Obama administration shut down the CIA program as soon as CIA director Panetta discovered it. But that same administration is vigorously pursuing an actual assassination program that targets people in a neutral country, and has been since it took office. If Mehsud's death is confirmed, his assassination would be a high-profile success. For some reason assassinating people with missile firing drones is fine, but using assassin teams is bad. Of course killing people with drones causes collateral damage -- we killed Mehsud's wife and bodyguards too. I wonder if they were guilty of anything?
As far as I know Baitullah Mehsud was never convicted of any crimes in U.S. court, let alone his wife. But the Obama administration had no problem ordering their deaths. For some reason the left-wing bleating about the "rule of law," "rights" of foreign terrorists, and all the assorted nonsense we heard about mere torture of terrorists, just doesn't apply to these sorts of assassinations. We can't torture them for information needed to protect the country, but we can mark them for death, fly a drone into another country, launch a missile, and kill them and anyone who happens to be nearby, including women and children. It's something to keep in mind the next time some Obama supporter starts sniveling about"war crimes" and "torture."