Counter-point to Paul


Posted by: JW of Minnesota in Blog on Oct 04, 2011

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In a thread below, Bart responded by stating that the Anti-Strib will call a conservative out, if they feel the person is in the wrong. Ron Paul was mentioned by name.

In the majority of cases, I totally agree with Ron Paul and am glad he is speaking his mind on fiscal issues. In my mind, I occasionally weigh supporting him in the primary. However, there's the occasional foreign policy comment that convinces me otherwise. Below is one example.

Another example is the 9-11 troof-ers. Although Paul is not a truther himself, he does attract a great deal of troofers. I want no association with these ideas, and it's enough to sway me away from Ron Paul.

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2011/10/02/2011-10-02_an_unconstitutional_killing.html?page=1

Back to foreign policy. Paul's comments in an opinion peice on the killing of Al-Awlaki are making headlines. More recently, he's saying the actions of President Obama in this case could warrant impeachment. I disagree with Paul.

Al-Awlaki was an enemy combatant. Individuals, who may be American citizens, who then take up arms with an enemy at war with the US, waive their right to a trial. Consider the Americans who, in the last century, returned to Germany to fight. They were not given a trial, but killed in warfare along with others in German uniforms. The Supreme Court reviewed this during the 1940's and agreed.

I won't use the argument that arresting Al-A was unfeasible. Of course it was unfeasible, but that doesn't hold as strong as an argument that he was an enemy combatant.