Welcome to the strange new world of Mr. Obama’s war on terrorism, in which there are no declarations of war against countries that foment or harbor enemy activities, as the Constitution authorizes, and in which the president claims the powers of a king by killing whomever he wishes under a rationale that his lawyers wrote for him and that he has desperately tried to keep secret.
The Obama administration is probably right to fear the revelation of this so-called legal way to kill. The appellate court decision is a profound and sweeping rejection of the Obama administration’s passion for hiding behind a veil of secrecy. It is not a decision on the merits, though: It does not address whether the president may kill, and it only lifts a small corner of his veil.
We already know that behind Mr. Obama’s veil lies a disingenuous president who claims he can secretly kill fellow Americans. Who knows what else we will find?
Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is an analyst for the Fox News Channel. He has written seven books on the U.S. Constitution.