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Obama Impeachment a Possibility, Says Ron Paul


Ron Paul said Monday that President Barack Obama’s targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki might be an impeachable offense.

Asked at a Manchester, N.H. town hall meeting about last week’s killing of the American-born Al Qaeda leader, the Texas congressman said impeachment would be “possible,” but that he wants to know more about how the administration “flouted the law.”

Paul called the killing a movement toward “tyranny.”

“I put responsibility on the president because this is obviously a step in the wrong direction,” Paul said. “We have just totally disrespected the Constitution.”

The comments once again put Paul at odds with his Republican rivals over foreign policy and the war on terror in the latest indication of how his foreign policy views stray far from Republican orthodoxy even in a GOP that’s taken on an increasingly isolationist bent. Candidates like Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney — who included the president in a list of people he commended in a statement released Friday — have generally been supportive of the killing. No one else in the field has spoken out against it.

But Paul’s stuck with the civil libertarians who’ve criticized the targeted killing of an American citizen without public due process.

2 Comments in Response to

Comment by Trouser Chili
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What?!?!  This will go nowhere and will probably backfire on Ron Paul. 

 Why this?  What about the thousands dead in the illegal war on Libya?  What about not being a natural born citizen?  What about the foreign title accepted as head of the UN?

Plenty of impeachable offenses from which to choose.  Don't make the Awlaki one the only one.

Comment by Powell Gammill
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I don't know what Paul is so upset over.  These two US citizens (OK one was a bonus murder)  were afforded Obama review where the CIA, DOJ and Team Obama get together and go over Obama's paperwork authorizing the murder of a troublesome citizen.  It's not like the founding fathers ever envisioned CONgress needing to authorize the mechanisms of leading to the murder of US citizens by the US government or require approval ofanyone (like a judge) other than the self appointed Executive branch decidifiers.  Real Dr.Paul for shame of getting in Obama's way just like you did W's.

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