David has a new post up on Phi Beta Cons:
The debate about the Obama administration’s alleged “assassination” order against Anwar al-Awlaki has been almost absurdly devoid of real-world context. Critically, we need to stop using the word “assassination” to describe the killing of enemy forces overseas. It’s a vivid word, certainly, but it is intentionally politically loaded and distorts the reality of our tactical operations. We do not “assassinate” al-Qaeda terrorists. We kill them during military operations conducted in accordance with the laws of war.
Read it all here.