David Harsanyi

Clearly, there are legitimate uses for state secrets during a time of war. But let's face it; we are in perpetual war. If conservatives oppose the intrusive domestic policy of this administration, it defies logic for them not to question a unilateral decision that abuses state power -- even if the decision is helpful in a cause they deeply believe in. Does the cause of national security overpower any concern?

As for liberals, it seems that once Barack Obama ascended to the presidency, the urgent need to protect our "civil rights" from the Hitlerish previous president lost a lot of steam. This administration has done virtually nothing to change the way we do business.

Should Awlaki meet a martyr's end on a battlefield or during the weekly meeting of evil terrorist masterminds in a grotto in Yemen, it would be nothing less than a victory for humankind.

But that's not the issue.


David Harsanyi

David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist and the author of "The People Have Spoken (and They Are Wrong): The Case Against Democracy." Follow him on Twitter @davidharsanyi.