I can’t help but wonder if Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul didn’t shoot his White House campaign in the foot.
At the end of last week, the US announced that it used drones and missiles to attack the convoy of one of the most influential al-Qaeda terrorists in the world. Anwar al-Awlaki, a Muslim cleric who has been on the top wanted list by the US for several years.
While many in the nation were hailing the success of the US airstrike in Yemen that killed al-Awlaki and several other key al-Qaeda operatives, Ron Paul told reporters that he felt the attack was nothing more than an assassination. He went on to explain that since al-Awlaki was a US citizen born in the US that he should have been captured and given the right to a trial. Paul warned US leaders that they must think hard about ‘assassinating American citizens without charges.’
What I don’t understand is that the US had a number of terrorist charges against al-Awlaki, which is why he was one of the most widely hunted al-Qaeda leaders. Besides, al-Qaeda has declared war on the US and all Americans, which would make any and all of their leadership enemies of the state, which constitute sufficient charges. And in the case of al-Awlaki, since he is a US citizen, he is also guilty of treason against the country of his citizenship for waging war against it and in giving support and aid to the enemies of the nation.
I honestly have to question Ron Paul’s statement and his stance on this issue. I want a Commander-in-Chief who is going to have the cajones to take a strong stand in defending the US and doing what it necessary to eliminate those individuals that are openly conducting war against us. I’m not sure that Ron Paul is the right person for the job.