In Cold War days, I enjoyed referring to Russians who spied for the US against the USSR as "traitors." Conservatives would flip out, since they saw the US as the God-ordained imperial ruler. Now see Glenn Greenwald on the neoconservatives, who see the US as the Strauss-ordained global empire. Conservatives, neo and otherwise, see the presidency as an elected dictatorship. And if the president can declare war on his own, why would they object to his assassination powers, which Obama admits, but presidents have long exercised. Conservatives, like progressives, love State-shed blood. Think of the "great" presidents. They have the most skulls and national socialism to their credit.