When he spoke in Cobb County this morning, the first thing Texas Gov. Rick Perry did was to congratulate the U.S. military and President Barack Obama on the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Muslim cleric living in Yemen.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said much the same thing in a prepared statement:
“The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki is a major victory in our fight against Islamist terrorism and proper justice for the numerous attacks and plots he inspired or planned against America.
But in New Hampshire, rival GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, the Texas congressman, told MSNBC that al-Awlaki’s death is nothing to celebrate:
“No I don’t think that’s a good way to deal with our problems. He was born here — Al-Awlaki was born here, he is an American citizen. He was never tried or charged for any crimes. Nobody knows if he killed anybody. We know he might have been associated with the underwear bomber. But if the American people accept this blindly and casually — that we now have an accepted practice of the president assassinating people who he thinks are bad guys, I think it’s sad.
“I think — what would people have said about Timothy McVeigh? We didn’t assassinate him, who certainly he had done it. Went and put through the courts and executed him. To start assassinating American citizens without charges, we should think very seriously about this.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider