I don't have a problem with al-Awlaki being blown into little dust particles. I am a bit concerned about a US citizen being targeted for assassination by the US government. It opens an ugly potential for abuse. I think that many of us are not disturbed that another terrorist has been taken out. However, what happens the next time when a case that isn't so clear-cut but the US government nonetheless decides to kill another US citizen anyway? The little piece of rationale I'm clinging to is that al-Awlaki certainly understood the risks when it was made public that the US was gunning for him. He certainly could have taken himself out of the game. Instead, he stayed on the battlefield and remained a bonafide military target. We need to be careful about how much trust we're going to put in the US government when it comes to labeling fellow citizens as combatants and taking aggressive actions against them.