John Brennan

What Rand Paul got right

What Rand Paul got right

I hope I'm not too late to the fight.

Last week, freshman Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, held an old-fashioned filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Mr. Paul's stated reason for taking to the floor and talking for almost 13 hours was that the Obama administration wouldn't give him a straight answer on the question of whether the president can unilaterally order the killing of American citizens on American soil with "lethal force, such as a drone strike ... and without trial."

In other words, if an American member of al-Qaida is sitting at a Starbucks, can the president sic one of his death-dealing robots on him?