Congressman Ron Paul contends that we must get Congressional approval before going into another country to war against an entity (not a country, but an enemy combatant like al-Qaeda). To give Paul due credit, he does say that if we fight, we should fight to win. Take a look at this exchange between Newt Gingrich and CBS debate moderator, Scott Pelly (he who replaced Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News:
Speaker Gingrich, if I could just ask you the same question, as President of the United States, would you sign that death warrant for an American citizen overseas who you believe is a terrorist suspect?
Newt Gingrich: Well, he’s not a terrorist suspect. He’s a person who was found guilty under review of actively seeking the death of Americans.
Scott Pelley: Not– not found guilty by a court, sir.
Newt Gingrich: He was found guilty by a panel that looked at it and reported to the president.
Scott Pelley: Well, that’s ex-judicial. That’s– it’s not–
Newt Gingrich: Let me– let me– let me tell you a story– let me just tell you this.
Scott Pelley: –the rule of law.
Newt Gingrich: It is the rule of law. That is explicitly false. It is the rule of law.
Scott Pelley: No.
Newt Gingrich: If you engage in war against the United States, you are an enemy combatant. You have none of the civil liberties of the United States. You cannot go to court. Let me be– let me be very clear about this. There are two levels. There’s a huge gap here that– that frankly far too many people get confused over. Civil defense, criminal defense, is a function of being within the American law. Waging war on the United States is outside criminal law. It is an act of war and should be dealt with as an act of war. And the correct thing in an act of war is to kill people who are trying to kill you. Source: Fox Nation.
I would like to see issue seriously examined and cleared-up. I think the Rule of Law and our Constitution must win in every issue. If it does not in this issue, then let’s fix it. I’m putting my money on Newt’s brain (which is not half-occupied by anyone, as is Obama’s occupied by Valerie Jarrett). Remember when Jarrett said “Iran will back down?” contrary to what we know today (in fact we knew back then when she made her statement in March 28, 2010).
Scott Pelley and Newt Gingrich: Terrorists, Torture, The Rule of Law and the U.S. Constitution (video)