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To: Tublecane

If I’m baiting the arguments accurately, it was a unilateral executive thing, and only applied to officials of legitimate foreign governments. Which makes sense. Kill all the innocent civilians you want, but start killing the ones who actually start wars and they might come after you.


10 posted on 02/15/2013 10:48:44 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane
-- If I'm baiting the arguments accurately, it was a unilateral executive thing, and only applied to officials of legitimate foreign governments. ... Kill all the innocent civilians you want, but start killing the ones who actually start wars and they might come after you. --

Even killing civilians on the other guys territory can create problems. I think the written policy was put in place as a function of reinforcing plausible deniability, in case a decision was ever made to use covert means to take out a foreign leader directly.

13 posted on 02/15/2013 10:56:40 AM PST by Cboldt
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