The Oregon Senator was trying to draw out CIA nominee John Brennan as to whether surrender is preferable to killing.
“Do you believe that the president should provide an individual American with the opportunity to surrender before killing them?” Wyden asked.
Brennan began to defer to the administration when Wyden pressed him to respond with just his initial impression of the concept of a surrender.
Brennan said, in the case of Al Qaeda operatives targeted for killings, that the administration’s policy is clear: “Any American that joins Al Qaeda will know full well that they have joined an organization that is at war with the United States.”
“Any American who did that should know well that they, in fact, are part of an enemy against us, and that the United States will do everything possible to destroy that enemy to save American lives,” Brennan responded.