No wonder Crazy Uncle Ron is the darling of the Insane Clown Posse: he loves to double-down on error – in this case, his assertion that the Obama administration deprived an expatriate American citizen of his due process rights and assassinated him. But for the fact that the American in question was a high-ranking al-Qaida operative and therefore an enemy combatant subject to the September 18, 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, you might have thought Dr. Paul had a valid point. Not anymore – unless, of course, you are a Paulbot.
As it turns out, the rhetoric has now shifted from criticism to speculation about impeachment.
Ron Paul said Monday that President Barack Obama’s targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki might be an impeachable offense.
Asked at a Manchester, N.H. town hall meeting about last week’s killing of the American-born Al Qaeda leader, the Texas congressman said impeachment would be “possible,” but that he wants to know more about how the administration “flouted the law.”
Paul called the killing a movement toward “tyranny.”
“I put responsibility on the president because this is obviously a step in the wrong direction,” Paul said. “We have just totally disrespected the Constitution.”
It’s not for nothing I call him “Crazy Uncle Ron.” Of all the acts for which President Obama could arguably be impeached (the Solyndra Scandal being among the most recent), Dr. Paul focuses on one of the few laudable things Obama has done to secure the safety and security of our nation.
Notice how Paul goes weaselly when he says he “wants to know more about how the administration ‘flouted the law’.” If that was truly the case, then why bring up the question of impeachment? What sort of incompetent researchers does he have on his staff? For Heaven’s sake, I was able to figure this one out in a matter of days – and I did so during my off-work hours, n0 less.
Or perhaps…just perhaps…Dr. Paul is pandering to his base. He is a politician, after all – and as a seasoned Congressman he knows perfectly well that there was no law for the administration to flout: President Bush and his successors were and are authorized by Congress to
…use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons. [emphasis added].
Anwar al-Awlaki was just such a person referenced in the September 18 resolution. That he was American-born – and therefore technically a citizen of the United States – was and continues to be irrelevant: as an enemy combatant, he was no longer subject to civil or criminal law but rather to the law of war. This has been dealt with in detail here and here.
By the way…State Senator Mike Doherty – who may be preparing to challenge Robert Menendez for the latter’s U.S. Senate seat – has endorsed Crazy Uncle Ron as a candidate for President of the United States.
Will State Sen. Doherty stand by Dr. Paul’s comments or will he default to weasel mode and distance himself as he has done before with other positions taken by Dr. Paul? This will be interesting, insofar as Sen. Doherty has embraced Dr. Paul’s bogus “illegal war” argument.