Confession time: I'm not so great at lawfare observances. That's why I, like, read Lawfare and the more expert journalists Adam Serwer and Charlie Savage. But that would feel like a cop-out on a day when the U.S. (probably) killed an American citizen accused of being an operational member of al-Qaida.
So I rustled together this piece for Danger Room, based on the contrasting perspectives of two leading experts in lawfare: retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap and University of Notre Dame professor Mary Ellen O'Connell. If the piece succeeds, it'll have explored the complexities of the question, itemized the specific legal issues at stake, and distinguished between moral, political and strictly legal dimensions of the Awlaki dilemma. If it fails, it'll be a he-said-she-said.
Will you let me know what you think? I want to make sure I do these kinds of pieces better in the future.