Skip to comments.Cain's conditional al-Awlaki policy
Posted on 10/03/2011 7:24:06 PM PDT by PerryBachmann2012
(CNN) Businessman Herman Cain previously advocated for a criminal trial in the event that al Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki was captured.
But now that al-Awlaki has been killed by a drone missile, the 2012 GOP presidential candidate is "pleased that we have one less al Qaeda member that's threatening us," according to campaign spokesman JD Gordon.
When pressed on whether Cain's feelings represent a departure from his earlier views, that al-Awlaki was an American citizen and deserved a trial, Gordon said, "It would be better to try him in court (but) if that's not feasible, we don't want him out there."
In remarks made last May and posted on the Atlantic's website, Cain says al-Awlaki, "should be charged."
"And since he's an American citizen, he should be tried in our courts," he continued.
When asked if it would be legal for President to issue a kill order for al-Awlaki, Cain said, "In his case, no, because he's an American citizen."
(Excerpt) Read more at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ...
Rick Perry previously mandated Gardasil for all teenage girls. Then he flip flopped.
Rick Perry was an active member of the Al Gore for President campaign team in Texas.
Actually, no he didn't. Perry still thinks it was the right thing to do he just said he should have had a conversation with the people of Texas first....or something similar. But he has not flip-flopped on the issue.
Perry’s nasty response to the legislature’s reversal of his order revealed much about the man’s character and none of it good.
So what. Perry has no immigration policy, other than “Let them in and give them a discount on college expenses.”
WELCOME TO FREE REPUBLIC, NEWBIE.
Are you a paid Perry campaign hack, or are you a volunteer?
Either way, you are spamming tonight. The kitties are getting restless...
Thanks for the clarification.
Cain speaks the truth. If Presidents are allowed to send a kill order out without due process, than WE ALL are subject to the same reasoning. Even Timothy McVeigh had due process and was tried by a group of his peers.
Try him in absentia. Revoke his citizenship. You can’t blow the guy up; he has rights under the Constitution.
Cain is ambivalent about a POTUS having the power to order American citizens assasinated. So am I if truth be told. Killed in firfight? No problem but Obama having this power and everybody being so sanguine about it gives me pause. I mean Joe Biden did say that tea party folks were terrorists, did he not? Waco and Ruby Ridge did happen, didn’t they?
I don’t have a problem with al-Awlaki as an al Qaeda leader killed in an overseas military strike who took up arms in a foreign army which has declared war against us and carried out many attacks us.
It’s not even a close case.
However, I would like for the Obama administration to release their legal reasoning on this so we can be sure that it accords with the Constitution. If he is secretly taking a broader view beyond what is constitutional that would apply in other cases, we ought to know that.
That name sounds like a flipflop
Hey, why discuss Cain or the article, when we can bash Perry?
“Try him in absentia. Revoke his citizenship. You cant blow the guy up; he has rights under the Constitution.”
maybe we should but we always need to check the constitution first
An astro-turfing Perry hack. Meow.
It is good to be in the top tier. CNN regulars have to be petrified to think Herman Cain will be the next POTUS.
The problem is who makes that judgement. In monarchies, Kings can and do. In republics we use other means. It is not like this is an exigent circumstance. I am all for killing jihadis, kill’em all as Cody said. But I would be more comfortable with a check on this power.
Does anyone believe trying to change the subject will avoid the public finding out Cain has not been consistent in his positions and always leaves himself a loophole?
A POTUS with no fear would have put a 5-megaton package on Qandahar on September 12, 2001. I tier of the US fighting with one hand tied behind its back.