Ron Paul on the Awlaki strike: “I think the impeachment process would be possible”
posted at 10:05 pm on October 3, 2011 by Allahpundit
I hope he and Kucinich push for a floor vote on the matter, just because it’d be fun to see how many votes there are on their side of this issue. Bear in mind that Romney, Perry, and now even Herman Cain — in an apparent flip-flop — support Obama on the drone strike, so GOP backing for impeachment would probably extend to Paul and maybe Justin Amash and that’s it. But let’s do it anyway, just to put Democrats on the spot. Progressives might grumble about drone warfare, but would Pelosi really let them cast a vote for impeachment? C’mon.
How about a compromise? No impeachment, but we get to see … the secret memo:
The Justice Department wrote a secret memorandum authorizing the lethal targeting of Anwar al-Aulaqi, the American-born radical cleric who was killed by a U.S. drone strike Friday, according to administration officials.
The document was produced following a review of the legal issues raised by striking a U.S. citizen and involved senior lawyers from across the administration. There was no dissent about the legality of killing Aulaqi, the officials said.
“What constitutes due process in this case is a due process in war,” said one of the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss closely held deliberations within the administration…
“As a general matter, it would be entirely lawful for the United States to target high-level leaders of enemy forces, regardless of their nationality, who are plotting to kill Americans both under the authority provided by Congress in its use of military force in the armed conflict with al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces as well as established international law that recognizes our right of self-defense,” an administration official said in a statement Friday.
I’m glad there was no dissent because we know what happens to legal memos when they tell The One something he doesn’t want to hear. Speaking of dissent, be sure to read Matt Lewis’s tragically accurate take on the one unquestionable benefit of a second Obama term: Namely, killing terrorists will remain officially cool for another four years. In fact, at this point, I bet O’s kicking himself for having signed that order banning enhanced interrogation so soon into his presidency. He probably assumed that the left actually meant what it said when it screeched at Bush for five years about detainee rights; little did he know that most of them are content to let the president go around firing missiles at people, including American citizens, as long as there’s a “D” after his name. You gave them way, way too much credit, champ. But who knows? Maybe if he gives them something they really care about, like a new tax on rich people, they’ll look the other way at him rescinding the order. “The Buffett rule” in exchange for a little waterboarding? Something to think about, White House legal team.