I love moments like this when politicians reveal some bizarre stupidity or cater to their rough-around-the-edges supporters that do not quite understand reality as it is:
Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) warned Tuesday that the U.S. government may use a drone missile to kill Edward Snowden, who recently leaked classified information on National Security Administration surveillance programs.
“I’m worried about somebody in our government might kill him with a cruise missile or a drone missile,” Paul said during an interview on Fox Business News. “I mean, we live in a bad time where American citizens don’t even have rights and that they can be killed. But the gentleman is trying to tell the truth about what’s going on.”
Snowden, a former NSA contractor, fled to Hong Kong before disclosing over the weekend that he was behind the leaks of information on NSA’s sweeping monitoring of phone calls and Internet data.
Unless Snowden decides to go hang out in Waziristan or Baluchistan, he is going to be pretty safe sitting pretty in Hong Kong. His only ear is his extradition to the United States which, of course, is a distinct policy. Many smart people I know have thought it odd that such an extradition has not happened yet — perhaps there are negotiations over it now, or some sort of inner strife within the China or Hong Kong relationship (but this is all speculation on my part).
The idea that the US would send a drone strike into Hong Kong is patently absurd and the definition of ridiculous yet this populistic, libertarian-esque American politician is ridiculous enough to make such a statement. Has the guy gone bloody senile? I’m embarrassed that I have agreed with teh guy on a few points and considered him a good candidate a few times back in 2005-2006 (or whenever yesteryear was and I still tinkered with this sort of politics).
I am guessing Paul cannot be this stupid and merely concocted such a statement to get the media attention. As they say, no press is bad press.