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  •  Well, no (4+ / 0-)
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    for two, related reasons:

    (a) enemy combatant and "engaged in combat" are not the same thing, because of nouns versus verbs; and

    (b) the "no" does not even attempt to define the totality of circumstances in which the govt couldn't use a weaponized drone (or any other lethal force, which is more to the point).  Being engaged in combat is necessary, but not sufficient, in other words, because of factors like feasibility of capture and the fact that imminence has a more rigorous definition when capture is indeed more feasible.  

    The no may not be "reassuring," but neither is it alarming.  It wasn't intended to be reassuring, but rather to expose Rand Paul as a blowhard.

    Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

    by Loge on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 08:37:34 AM PST

    •  Whaa? (2+ / 0-)
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      Are you saying that simple answers don't solve complex issues?  But Sen. Paul, you know "the champion of civil liberties", was satisfied with the AG's answer...

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      by lcj98 on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 08:58:24 AM PST

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      •  the letter ran longer than 140 characters (2+ / 0-)
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        who does Holder think he is, Robert Musil?

        Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

        by Loge on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 09:06:17 AM PST

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        •  IMPEACH! (2+ / 0-)
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          The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing online commenters that they have anything to say.-- B.F.

          by lcj98 on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 09:59:39 AM PST

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        •  Sometimes this site, and this country, (0+ / 0-)

          does impress one as a poorly run boys' school with really nasty cliques, yes.

          Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

          by corvo on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 10:14:57 AM PST

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