US should drop the 'Dr Evil fallacy' on assassination

"Ladies and gentlemen, we got him" - I can still remember the exultant tone of Mr Paul Bremer, the American governor of post-invasion Iraq, as he announced the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Mr Bremer's exhilaration was understandable. But it also pointed to a persistent fallacy that has undermined United States foreign policy for decades. You could call it the "Dr Evil syndrome".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 08, 2020, with the headline 'US should drop the 'Dr Evil fallacy' on assassination'. Print Edition | Subscribe