No, it's not.
But in the case of this particular jackass it'd be good for the Ronulans amongst us to put aside their reflexive, zero-critical-thinking reactions and consider a few realities of planet Earth.
This latest particular AQ lump of charred meat may have been born here, but the facts are: (1) He was an active enemy with a long, self-admitted list of attacks on American targets. (2) For the better part of a decade, he had no interest in surrendering to legal warrants and stated contempt for the notion of turning himself in to stand trial in front of his peers, and (3)He has continued to plot attacks while hiding in a hostile area of a foreign country. I'm sure the list can be expanded.
By his actions, he was an enemy combatant by any reasonable standard. RP's standard on this issue IS NOT reasonable - it's madness. Awlaki richly deserved it, American by birth or not. To deny this as an adjunct to anyone's (including my own) well-deserved libertarian issues with the US Government is foolish. Should we have dispatched a chopper full of FBI agents to Yemen to go bring him in unharmed just to make it seem fairer or more "civilian"? I say no - not even close. This piece of garbage was not worth even the risk of one more drop of American blood.
Paraphrasing a great line I read about RP, "he's like a strange stopped coo-coo clock that's dead on accurate 23 hours a day, but at a certain Foreign Policy midnight he pops out, howls at the moon and smears himself with feces."
For the record, I hope Awlaki died screaming in agony. RP can suck it if he has a problem with that.
>>So its ok for the US Government to make war on
>>and kill its own citizens?
>No, it’s not. But....
... but, but, but then you attempt to justify it.
Look, I have no problem with the fact that the scumbag is dead, only with how he got there.
I do have a problem with some alphabet agency of the US Government killing US Citizens without due process. This is a slippery slope...