Since the Ford administration, it has been illegal for the US to assassinate a person. The debate has come up on Capital Hill lately whether or not we should overturn that restriction and allow for state sponsored assassination. Should we change our policy?
Changing our policy would allow our intelligence community to more aggressively pursue the safety of our citizens during periods when we are not in war. However, our policy of banning state sponsored assassination has given credibility to the US as a country that uses diplomacy over force. This is a very valuable commodity in the international community and allows the US to maintain an image of rationalism and peacefulness.
EDIT: By the way, the poll IS supposed to say stoop, not stop . . . although I suppose either would be appropriate.