WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Drones & Secrecy continue to haunt President Obama

Rand Paul really unleashed something last week:

National anxiety / debate over this country's use of drones.

I predicted in this blog a couple of years ago that drones would become a hot issue. I confess I never thought Rand Paul would be the one to unleash the torrent.

From The DAILY BEAST: "Obama's Drone Debacle"....


Meanwhile, from Timothy Noah in The NEW REPUBLIC on line:
"Once the Sequester Is Solved, Rand Paul Will Go Back to Being an Oddball". Wishful thinking?


Posted at 8:00am on March 11, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mon, Mar 11, 2013 8:21am

Why would Mr. Paul's position on this be surprising? The Libertarian view is entirely consistent with respecting the sovereignty of foreign nations. The use of drones, over foreign soil, is absolutely a violation of sovereignty and therefore a concern of Libertarian activists.

In general, there is a non-chalant attitude about using drones to strike and kill civilians on foreign soil. Imagine if North Korea had drones flying around Rodney Square, targeting people whom the North Koreans view as a threat? How would we feel if the shoe were on the other foot?

Allan Loudell
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 9:16am

Mr. Paul's position is not at all surprising to me. I just didn't think he'd be the lightning rod to spark the national debate on the use of drones.

Whether he can win over his fellow Republicans in 2016 -- considering many castigated President Obama as too weak on national defense - is another question entirely.

Allan Loudell

Mon, Mar 11, 2013 1:26pm

Ah, but that's where you are mistaken. Mr. Paul is strongest in the GOP field on strong national defense.

The other candidates are likely to start wars which jeopardize the safety of our troops abroad, and invites more terrorist attacks on our civilians at home. Mr. Paul would be the strongest on defense, precisely because he won't randomly start new wars.

Mon, Mar 11, 2013 7:58pm
I still maintain my original position that the real drones are human ones, mainly politicians and the people who vote for them.

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 12:41am
I would venture that the drone issue is really being force-fed or astro-turfed, and that not that many normal citizens really care... I had a couple tell me they were tired of hearing about the port, the sequester, and drones... and that guy in Rome..

In a time when Republicans have lost every public relations battle, to have something that is not at least embarrassing to them, well, of course their media is going to milk it for all it is worth....

Face it, if you were a Republican, drones are the first good news you've heard since November 6th....

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 6:32pm
Yeah Kavips, I have to agree on this one. Drones are overblown, just like all that other stuff you mention.

As for its effects on Republicans, I don't think it's that partisan an issue.

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