Time to grapple with drone issue

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March 14, 2013
Orange County Register
by Eric Coykendall  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"All Americans are indebted to Sen. Rand Paul. His March 6 filibuster, postponing a Senate vote to confirm President Obama's nomination of John Brennan as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, has forced both the federal government and the nation to grapple with hard questions raised by the president's use and justification of drone strikes. It is, to put it gently, incongruous that our president believes waterboarding a terrorist violates his human rights but incinerating him -- along with his family and neighbors -- does not. As we launch into a national debate about the use of drones, however, we ought to remember two things: first, the shoe could be (and has been) on the other party's foot; second, bad policies are not necessarily unconstitutional policies. Nearly every president since George Washington has defended the commander-in-chief's authority to use strong military powers abroad and sweeping police powers at home." (03/13/13)


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