On July 29, 2008, President Bush formally approved the execution of Army Private Ronald A. Gray, who when his time comes won't be missed.
The last President to approve a military sentence of death was Dwight Eisenhower, over fifty years ago. The last President even to consider such a sentence was John Kennedy.
Three federal inmates have been executed this century: Timothy McVeigh, Juan Raul Garza, and Louis Jones. As with Gray, there were no doubts about the guilt of any of these men, and I think not much doubt about the appropriateness of the sentence unless one disapproves of the death penalty on general principle, as I do. Before McVeigh, the last federal execution took place in 1963.