Even Republicans think fellow GOP are Bat-Sh*t crazy over domestic drone strikes
Hinting at Split on Terror, Republicans Fault Paul Filibuster
By CARL HULSE
Published: March 7, 2013
WASHINGTON — Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham on Thursday assailed Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster of an Obama administration nominee over drone policy a day earlier, suggesting an emerging split in the Republican Party over antiterrorism tactics.
Mr. McCain, of Arizona, and Mr. Graham, of South Carolina, who often team up on national security policy issues, ridiculed Mr. Paul’s suggestion during his more than 12-hour appearance on the Senate floor that the president could order a domestic drone strike on an American citizen without due process. Mr. Paul had said that he would try to hold up the nomination of John O. Brennan as director of the Central Intelligence Agency unless the administration answered unequivocally that President Obama did not have that power.
Mr. McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, noted that Mr. Paul had raised the idea that the antiwar activist Jane Fonda could have been singled out for a strike during her criticism of that war. He said that claim was unfounded and that the filibuster, which received the backing of members of the Senate Republican leadership, sent a message that was a “disservice to Americans.”
“To allege that the United States, our government, would drop a drone Hellfire missile on Jane Fonda, that brings the conversation from a serious discussion about U.S. policy into the realm of the ridiculous,” Mr. McCain said.