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Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

On killing American citizens

I’ve thought about it. It is going to be necessary sometimes. But I think I would like to see citizens-turned-foreign terrorists first stripped of their citizenship. Meanwhile, speaking of intelligence hits, David Ignatius reports that the Iranians may have whacked a Saudi diplomat in Karachi, Pakistan, in May.

Seattle Municipal Archives/Flickr
Seattle Municipal Archives/Flickr
Seattle Municipal Archives/Flickr

I've thought about it. It is going to be necessary sometimes. But I think I would like to see citizens-turned-foreign terrorists first stripped of their citizenship.

Meanwhile, speaking of intelligence hits, David Ignatius reports that the Iranians may have whacked a Saudi diplomat in Karachi, Pakistan, in May.

I’ve thought about it. It is going to be necessary sometimes. But I think I would like to see citizens-turned-foreign terrorists first stripped of their citizenship.

Meanwhile, speaking of intelligence hits, David Ignatius reports that the Iranians may have whacked a Saudi diplomat in Karachi, Pakistan, in May.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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