Analysis In U.S., Doubts Over Targeted Assassinations Are Not as Taboo as in Israel

The confirmation hearing for the new CIA director-designate, John Brennan, brought to the fore the policy of assassinating terror activists, and in particular the intensive use made to this end of unmanned aircraft, known as drones.

The public debate Americans have been conducting recently about the implications of the worldwide war they are waging against Islamic terror is not confined to the decade between September 11, 2001, and the assassination of Osama bin Laden, or to the two four-year terms of President George W. Bush. The Americans are also discussing and implementing far-reaching measures in that war during the second term of...