Ron Paul, who has claimed that the press is ignoring him, has condemned the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki and also added to his presidential election war-chest.
The Texas congressman with the Federal Reserve Bank in his sights, Ron Paul, has said that the impeachment of President Obama is possible over the assassination of the Al Qaida operative Anwar al-Awlaki.
Dr Ron Paul is also a 2012 Presidential hopeful and has just announced that he has raised over $8 million in campaign funds.
But as a Republican his condemnation of the assassination of the Al Qaida man will not find favour with the more hawkish Americans, but there are many on the left who have echoed his disquiet about how the Presidential powers were overreached with that event. So he is more likely to garner support from Democrats with this stance.
The US president took the decision to assassinate al-Awlaki based on legal advice, which is to remain under the wraps of secrecy so preventing any scrutiny of the decision. But many US citizens are likely to say ‘so what’ when reflecting on the horrors of 9-11.
Ron Paul has though now gone further and said that the next target could be journalists is they are perceived to be a threat by the a future US administration.
"Can you imagine being put on a list because you're a threat? What's going to happen when they come to the media? What if the media becomes a threat? … This is the way this works. It's incrementalism," Paul said talking at a National Press Club lunch.
He went on to say that Nazi war criminals were tried, found guilty and executed under due process of law, but al-Awlaki as well as the American Al Qaida sympathetic magazine journalist Samir Khan, also killed by a US drone attack, were not.
Dr Paul has also expressed extreme disquiet over the operations of the Federal Reserve Bank, so the news that he has managed to raise some $8 million in the third quarter of the year for his presidential campaign will alarm people in some quarters. But this is still far short of Governor Rick Perry’s $17 million until you consider that Paul’s came from 100,000 donors and Perry’s came from only 22,000 (possibly wealthier) donors.
Ron Paul has made a dash for the office of US president twice before, in 1988 and 2008. Maybe it’s third time lucky.