“As president and as commander in chief, I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations,” the grim-faced president told reporters as television cameras broadcast his words. “I profoundly regret what happened,” he added. “On behalf of the United States government, I offer our deepest apologies to the families.”When it is suggested that the Neutrality Act ought to be repealed so that private persons can go about fighting terrorists and freeing hostages, supporters of the Neutrality Act counter that privateers would not behave with due care and that innocent parties would be hurt. But in fact, the commander-in-chief of the United States is immune from prosecution when a drone hits a civilian. The same would not be true for a private party. Privateers would be much more careful to hit only intended targets.