John Yoo, Berkeley Professor and endorser of the presidential power to crush a child’s testicles, thinks Rand Paul has gone too far in his libertarian criticism of Barack Obama and John Brennan, now confirmed as CIA Director.
John Yoo, the author of the Bush administration legal memos justifying the use of torture, thinks President Obama is really getting too much grief over targeted killing. And he wants Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.)—who filibustered Obama’s nominee to head the CIA for 13 hours on Wednesday—to lay off.
Especially enjoyable, after seeing Lawrence O’Donnell denounce the Brennan talking filibuster as a stunt, is John Yoo’s characterization of the Rand Paul Senate floor action:
Referring to Paul’s marathon filibuster, an attempt to force the Obama administration to clarify its views on the use of military force against terror suspects in the United States, Yoo said “It sort of reminds me of young kids when they first read The Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged and they suddenly think that federal taxation equals slavery and they’re not going to pay any federal taxes anymore.”
For more in the ‘strange bedfellows’ department, we have the once-tortured John McCain denouncing the filibuster as well:
McCain, a staunch foreign policy hawk, said Thursday that Paul’s warnings that the U.S. could target “Jane Fonda” or “people in cafes” bring the debate into the “realm of the ridiculous.”
“If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids,” McCain said, adding: “I don’t think what happened yesterday is helpful to the American people.”
But the best reaction to Rand Paul’s filibuster has come from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-Closet):
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) echoed these criticisms, adding that he was “disappointed” in the 13 Republican Senators who supported Paul’s filibuster last night.
Graham later told reporters that he will vote to confirm Brennan as a result of the filibuster.
There are strange bedfellows supporting Rand Paul today, while making sure everyone knows it’s on this one single issue only. But his denouncers are shaping up to be an odd bunch as well.
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