Deadly Decision

Are Targeted Killings Bad Policy?

Since coming into office, the Obama administration has authorized dozens of targeted killings of terrorist and reported no high-value detentions. The result, according to The Washington Post, is policy which may limit America's intelligence and has riled up Republican critics. "Over a year after taking office, the administration has still failed to answer the hard questions about what to do if we have the opportunity to capture and detain a terrorist overseas," says Sen. Kit Bond. Military officials tell the Post that they worry a new policy has developed which has a bias towards killing rather than captures. "We need to have the capability to snatch when the situation calls for it," one official tells the newspaper.