The drones are just a symptom of our lack of will, a cheap cop-out for a nation that wants blood so long as its risk-free.
I think I understand what you are saying. I have thought this about our CJ system that cannot kill the criminals who need killing. Instead, we place some of them in the general population and let them be killed by the criminals. No coursge to say “YOu did wrong and deserve to die and as a people we will execute you.”
Courage is sorely lacking in our leadership.
I do repeat though, I have no problem with assassination as a method of warfare. The Swiss did it with great effect.
Don't forget our unwillingness to kill in a humane way those we think are undeserving of continued life.
Instead we starve and dehydrate them to death, pretending we aren't killing them, they're dying a natural death.