The Journal blasted Paul for not understanding the laws of war, writing that Paul's reasoning for questioning the U.S.'s policies on drone strikes did not match his "showmanship." And they dismissed his "theatrical" references to, among others, Jane Fonda.
From the Journal:
Calm down, Senator. Mr. Holder is right, even if he doesn't explain the law very well. The U.S. government cannot randomly target American citizens on U.S. soil or anywhere else. What it can do under the laws of war is target an "enemy combatant" anywhere at anytime, including on U.S. soil. This includes a U.S. citizen who is also an enemy combatant. The President can designate such a combatant if he belongs to an entity—a government, say, or a terrorist network like al Qaeda—that has taken up arms against the United States as part of an internationally recognized armed conflict. [...]