The “war on terrorism” is not a typical war fought on the front lines of a battlefield. It will be fought into infinity because living under the threat of al Qaeda attacks is America’s new normal. It’s an intelligence war, which will be waged indefinitely by the US against the psyche of madmen, trying to track down al Qaeda’s horrific plots to kill masses of Americans before they occur. It’s not like the conventional wars being fought in Afghanistan or Iraq and doesn’t appear to meet the war standard for drone attacks on Americans at home.
If the Civil War occurred today, I doubt Lincoln would say, “Let’s bring in the drones to bring down the south.” It was bad enough during 1861-1865 Americans were at war with each other. But we didn’t need non-combatant civilians adding to the death toll. Recall during the war, civilians in the South helped Confederate soldiers, giving them shelter and food. Under Obama’s interpretation of the war laws, these southerners would be declared “enemy combatants” and qualify for Obama’s drone strikes.
In 1942, when the military captured seven Nazis and an American in the US during World War II, they were first found guilty in a military tribunal, then six of the Nazis and the American were found guilty and executed. Our government didn’t blow them up with a grenade in a public place.
Looks like “Rand Paul’s Drone Rant” worked in spite the Wall Street Journal and other Republicans attacks on the Senator’s filibuster. After Holder affirmed in a letter to Paul the US would not conduct drone strikes on Americans here at home who aren’t engaged in combat, John Brennan was confirmed March 7, 2013. Enough said. Thank you Senator Paul.