Skip to comments.Paul fires back: Sens. McCain, Graham think 'whole world is a battlefield'
Posted on 03/07/2013 12:51:49 PM PST by jazusamo
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blasted fellow GOP Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday, saying the two think the whole world is a battlefield.
Paul criticized the hawkish senators for thinking the laws of war should take precedence over the Bill of Rights. The two had criticized Pauls statements about drone policy during the Kentucky Republicans 13-hour filibuster on Thursday.
They think the whole world is a battlefield including America and that the laws of war should apply, Paul said in an interview on Fox News about McCain and Graham, who had described Pauls comments about drones as ridiculous.
The laws of war don't involve due process so when they ask you for an attorney you tell them to shut up. That's not my understanding of the way America works, Paul told Fox. I don't think the laws of war apply to America, I think the Bill of Rights do and I think it's a disservice to our soldiers that our senators up there arguing that the Bill of Rights aren't important.
Paul said whether drones can be used against U.S. citizens on U.S. soil is a very serious question and was at the root of Wednesdays filibuster, which delayed a final confirmation vote on John Brennan, President Obamas nominee to lead the CIA.
This was a very serious question. It was a question that took a month and a half to get an answer to and I so I would argue and I think a lot of the public would agree with me, both on the right and the left, that what we ask was a very serious question and it's a question that we finally got an answer to, Paul said.
Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday responded to Paul in a letter that said the U.S. does not have the authority to conduct a drone attack against a U.S. citizen on American soil.
Hooray, for 13 hours yesterday we asked them that question. And so there is a result and a victory, Paul said after the letter was read to him during the Fox interview. Under duress and under public humiliation the White House will respond and do the right thing.
The answer just took a filibuster that lasted almost half a day, Paul added.
So now, after 13 hours of filibuster, we're proud to announce that the president is not going to kill unarmed Americans on American soil, Paul continued. My next question is why did it take so long, why is it so hard and why would a president so jealously guard power that they were afraid to say this but I am glad and I think that the answer does answer my question.
Graham and McCain are getting trashed on twitter and facebook. Demolished!
They'll just have to keep killing U.S. citizens on American soil by less spectacularly visible methods.
Well, Paul, when the second Civil War begins, the whole of America WILL be a battlefield, and the laws of war WILL Apply. Becareful how you word your statements. The problem isn't one of the entire world being a battlefield, but one where this Pres__ent believes he can order the death of Americans on his word alone.
It takes time to draw up the (classified, natch.) E.O. to form the office of dissident elimination and pick out another czar...
Of course Obama won't do it. One of his pet underlings will.
Yeah - I would have widened out the subject. They did talk about it during the fillibuster, but it needs to be set in writing. Although it probably doesn’t matter. Some piece of paper isn’t going to stop them. Heck - the Constitution doesn’t stop them.
...Globalist world view. We are all suspects, that need to be monitored
One great thing about the old style filibuster is the fact that it wasn’t tied to one tiny part of one issue like standard floor debate.
Paul spoke primarily about the ability to kill at will. The senator from Wyoming talked about the privacy issues at length. Ted Cruz spoke a lot about states rights vs federal rights.
Graham and McCain both suffer from the same liberal blindspot of the assumption of benevolence of government officials.
Losers: MeCain, Graham, Rove, RINOS
The Great War for the Heart and Soul of the GOP has begun!
I am heartened to see the perpetual-war-everywhere mindset starting to die out on Free Republic.
There was just nothing wrong with what Rand Paul did it’s offensive that McCain is trying to score points with some nonexistent constituency at the expense of another senator. Why even do this? McCain’s ego is preposterous. Does he think the citizens of Kentucky sent him to the senate?
I have not been a big follower of the Senate on Cspan recently. I’ve been watching it today and the Dems make me ill. Global warming, etc.
We would be much better if if they all left Washington and went home.
I’m not anti war by any means but I see no reason to spend decades at war and no reason at all to be involved in other nations internal conflicts.
War is an expensive business.
Great graphic...It’s most enjoyable to see the new kids in town do something besides agree with the Rats.
That says it all right there, McCain is always about McCain.
By posting on this website, I’m certain we’re all “engaged in combat” by their definition. Words mean nothing to these people.
Won't be the first time. Just ask the Bonus Army.
That’s awesome! Go Mr. Paul, Mr. Cruz, and Mr. Rubio, I wish my Senator was a part of that, but sadly Mr. Inhofe was busy having a dinner I could never afford with someone I could never have dinner with.
these two idiots delivered bozo’s message and as for them having a meal with bozo who has lied, manipulated, attacked them then you can;t even make this up
one and others stand for the rule of law
the others meet and have a meal wiht a guy who hates their guts, who uses them to push a radical agenda and attacks them and it;s no coincidence that the dinner was set at the exact same time as Paul doing this
well done Rubio, Cruz and Paul amongst some others
The elitist beltway old guard republicans see their power under threat and as I type this I see the media is pushing Christie to run now
Then they lose some of the intimidation factor they were going for with the drone strikes. You would pay attention if your tea party neighbor got droned one night while you slept...
The Old White Flag Republicans can go straight to He// and take their pal Obama with them!
I stand with Rand and the “Don’t Tread On Me” Republicans like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Tim Scott, Jeff Sessions and every FReedom loving warrior willing to fight for our Constitution!
So is Paul going to vote for Brennen? I think there needed to be an elementof trust in the debate and trust wasn’t mentioned. Just because Mr Obama nominated him doesn’t mean he needs to be approved. Brennen is, after all, a muslim, from what I need. And they can lie like a rug.
McGraham were PO’d that Rand Paul took the MSM’s spot light off their little dinner meeting with the won.
Or the South.
Life in general is a battlefield in case these noodles didn’t notice , no thanks to snivelers like them or O, or maybe these two are just shell-socked and need a long rest.
Or the victims of the Boston Massacre or the students at Kent State.
I'm BUMPING that six ways to Sunday!!
the south or Ruby ridge, Waco,
Nah the Govt would never attack her own country men ARF
Agreed, they definitely need a long rest.
If this was done under President Bush, McCain would be crying on all the networks
Holder’s written capitulation leaves McCain and Graham floundering on the shore while the tide goes out.
Like two old walruses, too far gone to waddle down to the receding sea, they spend their time hawking and spitting at the young bulls.
why is john mccain still in office?
just what kind of machine does he run in his state?
what kind of pork does he take home?
I can’t believe that more than 1% of the population would agree with McCain-Graham-Holder on the drone issue, regardless of political persuasion.
Rand is on the right side with this - put the pedal to the metal and hammer down! This smells like opportunity.
Those two went too far this time.
The guard has changed and they’re on the outside!
And we all know what the Old Bulls are full of!
Well said, my FRiend. Holder’s little note of capitulation would have never happened but for the filibuster.
I’ve got both your backs on this 100%
Sorry Rand, but if some terrorist (American citizen or not) is heading to a city or major sports arena, etc. to set off a nuke and we can take him out with a drone I say go for it.
Graham and McCain are the face of the private DC country club.
Twitter is exploding with the following hashtags #primarylindsey #standwithrand
Graham has to run for re-election next year!
Hopefully this little episode will prompt a good T.E.A. Party Conservative to throw their hat into the ring and challenge him in his primary.
This was a Thank-You dinner from Obama to the old RINO’s for backing him on his claim of authority to kill Americans on Americans soil as long as he says they are a terrorist threat.
McCain and Graham agree with Onbama that anyone foolish enough to P.O. top Big Government officials is a valid drone target.
Just who the heck do those uppity citizens think they are anyway?
McStain and Miss Lindsay are demented trolls. They are both a disgrace to the country and not fit to sit in the Senate.