The current occupant doesn't seem to get that concept of responsibility:
American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials.Bold added to point out that Obama didn't actually kill al-Awlaki, some fuzzy non-transparent committee did. Not that Anwar didn't deserve a hellfire for breakfast, but where is the decider guy on this?
There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House's National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate.
The panel was behind the decision to add Awlaki, a U.S.-born militant preacher with alleged al Qaeda connections, to the target list. He was killed by a CIA drone strike in Yemen late last month.
The role of the president in ordering or ratifying a decision to target a citizen is fuzzy. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor declined to discuss anything about the process.
No endzone dancing, no spiking of the football. And apparently no accountability or transparency.