December 5 2012
photo by Sgt. Jeffrey Alexander/U.S. Army
This commentary appeared in The Orange County Register on December 31, 2012.
News reports suggest the Obama administration is drafting a "rule book" to govern the targeted killings of terrorists. Greater transparency about the standards used to target terrorists would be an important step toward ensuring greater understanding and accountability about an inherently controversial policy.
The CIA and U.S. military are presumed to have undertaken hundreds of drone strikes and killed hundreds of people since President Obama took office, according to news reports. Details of these operations, which have been discussed in general terms by President Obama himself, remain classified.