I was watching the debate this evening between the Democratic presidential candidates when Dennis Kucinich was asked if he would approve an operation to “take out” Osama bin Laden which would result in the death of a few innocents. He said that he would not because rather than assassinating people we should seek to arrest people who have violated international law and put them on trial. Senator Obama said that since we were at war he would approve such an action and Senator Clinton and several others also raised their hands if favor of such an operation.
Exactly when did the idea that the United States should abide by the rule of law and not be assassinating people become a fringe left-wing position? When did extra-legal assassinations as official US policy become a main-stream, middle-of-the-road stance?