Rand Paul Goes Drone Hunting

Sen. Rand Paul put drones in the headlines this week with his 13-hour filibuster of John Brennan's nomination as CIA director. But instead of helping us weigh the many important questions surrounding use of the unmanned weapons, the Kentucky Republican only succeeded in focusing attention on one cartoonish point.

Paul's stand on the Senate floor, which ended when he had to go pee (the second time in a month a Republican orator was undone by water), was provoked by the reply to a question he posed to Brennan in a February letter. Paul had asked if "the president has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without a trial."

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