Thomas Powers is skeptical about our attempt to kill Saddam Hussein, calling it “a campaign with no precedents in American history.” First, I’d note that attempts to kill foreign leaders are hardly new. Just off the top of my head, Hitler, Castro, Diem, Allende, and Khaddafy have been targets of US-backed or US-led attempts. Second, if war against tyrants can be just, even though they result in the deaths of soldiers and innocent civilians, then surely killing the tyrant himself is just.

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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. O. F. Jay says:

    Mmm, The Bush and everyone interesting in the manhunt for Saddam should take a clue from history, Pancho Villa demonized his American hunters till they just gave up. If we forget the lessons of history they’ll be back to hit us like a big Clue Bat… That’s the other side of this manhunt.

  2. What you said, James.