But the real questions have never been about those seven criteria (most of which had been a matter of rough consensus for some time); it’s been about the decisionmaking process. Who decides? How? What goes into the question of whether the threat is “imminent,” or, as importantly, that there is no feasible option for capture or other forms of incapacitation without undue risk? How much room is there for contrary views? How hard do we try to investigate other potential outcomes with the assistance of our foreign partners? What happens if/when we make a mistake?