Hey Juan American police kill Americans every day as part of their job to protect us. I see no problem in soldiers doing likewise. Wanted dead or alive.
Damn funny stuff. As Senator, Obama railed against 'possible torture of a US citizen'. As president - he´s fine w/ offing ´em based on 'suspicion' and without Due Process.
As Americans, we believe in a God-given (not Congress-given, not Court-given, not even Constitution-given, but "God-given") Right to Life, which does not mean "pacifism" but which does at least mean you have a right not to be intentionally targeted and killed unless you have been found guilty of a capital crime or are presently involved in an act of aggression.
We also believe (Constitution, 14th Amendment) that a citizen must not be deprived of life, liberty or property without Due Process of Law.
And that is not synonymous with "The Say-So of the Powerful".
There are excellent reasons why these rights are so prominent in our Declaration of Independence and in the U.S. Constitution. It's because if you give some "informed high official" a license to kill, you have given him a power not safely placed in the hands of any human being.
This is the kind of thing that gave Stalin a bad name.
And for conservatives to want to limit the government's power to tax us, but not the government's power to kill us --- people, this is insanity beyond all telling.