This Wall Street Journal article discusses the intraparty dispute that has broker out within both the Republican and Democratic parties over the role of “regime change” in US foreign policy. Against regime change are Republicans Donald Trump, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, joined by Democrat Bernie Sanders. Hillary Clinton is for regime change, since she oversaw it in Egypt and Libya, although she says she argued for more gradual change in Egypt but was overruled by others in the Obama administration. Her interventionism is echoed by Marco Rubio.
I am disappointed that the US has become “assassination nation,” beginning perhaps after World War II when the CIA was formed. But it was relatively rare until the Bush and Obama administrations. Bush just liked killing Muslims, mainly in Iraq and Afghanistan. With drones Obama now can kill anybody anywhere, and he often does. Assassination by drone is probably better than the old fashioned way which often involved many collateral casualties, even in the case of bin Laden.
For me, however, it goes against the standard set by leading men in the old Western movies, who did not shoot their enemies in the back. Attacking individuals secretly from the sky seems cowardly, even if it may be good for American security. You can argue that terrorists have no right to any kind of fair treatment, but when the US abandons fairness and justice, it sets a bad example for the rest of the world.