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.

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.