Is there any conflict in which American citizens enlisting on the side of the enemy were immune to being bombed?
Did Americans who joined the German military during WW1 or WW2 require a special trial and prosecution before they could be bombed? The only practical difference was that they could be tried for treason if captured, instead of given POW status.
American citizenship does not mean immunity from being bombed if you join an enemy army or militia. It means that you will be treated exactly like every other member of that force, unless you are captured. A Nazi infantry unit could be bombed regardless of whether it had American volunteers in its ranks. If Al Qaeda leaders and operatives can be killed by drone strikes, that remains true regardless of what citizenship they hold.
Drones are not being dispatched to kill Americans living in Philly. They are being dispatched to kill terrorist leaders in Pakistan and the Middle East. It really does not make much of a difference what passports those leaders have picked up along the way.
The existence of this ridiculous debate is a testament to the persistence of the anti-war movement in sabotaging even the most basic common sense warfighting measuures and the crippling of denaturalization practices that would simply have stripped American citizenship from anyone deserting or enlisting in an enemy army or force, thereby ending the entire discussion.
1. There is no serious debate over the question of whether we are involved in an armed conflict with Al Qaeda. Except by the Workers World Party/Paultard contingent who claim that Al Qaeda is really a CIA false flag, steel can’t melt and the world is run by four bankers living in a bunker in Baltimore.
2. There is no serious question that the United States has the right and duty to use armed force against an entity that murdered 3,000 people on its soil, attacked the Pentagon and attempted to attack the White House. September 11 was the best case for war in the entire history of the United States.
3. There is no legal obligation for the United States to practice non-reciprocal rules of war toward an armed entity that does not abide by those rules. In short, no laws of war apply to Al Qaeda because it follows none.
4. Once you enlist in a foreign army or militia, then you no longer enjoy any special rights or protections as an American. Only special penalties for treason and desertion.
5. Americans charged with treason must have it proven. Americans however who go abroad to enlist in a foreign force can be treated as members of that force so long as they are on a ‘battlefield’, which includes killing them, unless they are captured.