On Drones, Contra Krauthammer...via Rand Paul on his facebookSubmitted by ralph hornsby on Fri, 03/08/2013 - 15:54
Rand Paul posted this on his facebook page: Senators Feinstein and McCain said my point that Jane Fonda could've been a drone target is ridiculous. No, it's not. Writes NR's Kevin Williamson: "Andrew C. McCarthy writes to assure me that under current federal law, Jane Fonda would indeed be considered an 'enemy combatant' and therefore eligible for a place on the secret federal kill list." Here's that column:
If sympathizing with our enemies and propagandizing on their behalf is the equivalent of making war on the country, then the Johnson and Nixon administrations should have bombed every elite college campus in the country during the 1960s. And as satisfying as putting Jane Fonda on a kill list might have been, I do not think that our understanding of the law of war would encourage such a thing, even though she did give priceless aid to the Communist aggressors in Vietnam. Students in Ann Arbor, Mich., were actively and openly raising funds for the Viet Cong throughout the war. Would it have been proper to put them on kill lists? I do not think that it would. There is a difference between sympathizing with our enemies and taking up arms against the country; there is even a difference between actively aiding our enemies and taking up arms against the country, which is why we have treason trials rather than summary execution.