License to Kill

President Bush is right to have a terrorist assassination list, and the folks who are wringing their hands and worrying that we might be doing wrong just don't get it.

The president evidently ordered the secretary of defense to kill — that's right, kill — the people who are trying to kill you and me.

This much has been reported by Sy Hersh in The New Yorker. He could be wrong, but for argument's sake, let's say he's right.

If terrorists out there are trying to kill us — and they already got 3,000 of us on 9/11 — isn't it the president's duty to kill them first?

I think it is, and I'm darn glad he ordered Donald Rumsfeld to go get 'em first.

I spoke with a law professor who is usually on the other side. Even he says that because of the nature of terrorism, it's okay for presidents to issue these kinds of orders. 

Terrorists aren't part of a state military. They don't wear uniforms and identify themselves as combatants. They creep around taking flying lessons and going to discos before coming out one day and killing you.

So is a president going to get all bound up in the fine points of the law and say he can't kill these people first? I sure hope not.

Now... this isn't carte blanche to kill. There is a tricky part.

You've got to kill the right people, and you have to be careful who gets to put the names on the list. There are too many folks out there with scores to settle.

But other than that, my word is... fire away.

That's My Word .

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