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'. Subscribe