Republican presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul provided more color on his opposition to the U.S. military's drone strike on the American-born Yemeni cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki, saying the incident could make an impeachment of President Obama "possible," according to a Politico report
Paul's criticism of the assassination of Al-Awlaki has been consistent from the moment the Libertarian-minded Texas congressman first reflected on the news of the attack.
"If the American people accept this blindly and casually that we now have an accepted practice of the president assassinating who he thinks are bad guys I think it's sad," Paul told NBC News. "What would the people have said about Timothy McVeigh? We didn't assassinate him. We were pretty certain that he had done it. And they put him through the courts and they executed him."
Ron Paul sees the assassination as a breach of the U.S. Constitution and as a further abuse of an empirical reach the Paul campaign has been rallying against.
"Awlaki was a U.S. citizen," Paul wrote in an opinion piece
for the New York Daily News on Sunday. "Under our Constitution, American citizens, even those living abroad, must be charged with a crime before being sentenced. As President, I would have arrested Awlaki, brought him to the U.S., tried him and pushed for the stiffest punishment allowed by law. Treason has historically been judged to be the worst of crimes, deserving of the harshest sentencing. But what I would not do as President is what Obama has done and continues to do in spectacular fashion: circumvent the rule of law."
However, Paul's position is unique among his Republican competitors, most of whom see the need for a hawkish tone in the White House, particularly when it comes to the global fight against terrorism.
Paul sees President Obama's actions as disrespecting the Constitution and the rule of law in general. And for these reasons, Paul supports the push for impeachment.
“I put responsibility on the president because this is obviously a step in the wrong direction,” Paul said, as Politico reported. “We have just totally disrespected the Constitution.”