Senator Rand Paul says He’s Not Anti-Drone, Just Wants to Make Sure they aren’t Used Against Americans

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) appeared on Fox News’ Fox & Friends on Monday morning to discuss several issues, one of which was the recent drone attack that killed a kidnapped American along with two other American Al Qaeda operatives. Senator Paul’s response to the situation has some in the media (as well as some of his detractors) saying that he has changed his tune on drones. However, the Senator’s filibuster two years ago was not about drones, per se, but about the President’s use of them. Senator Paul’s filibuster was meant to “attack the Obama administration for its refusal to positively rule out the use of drones against Americans in the U.S. or to disclose more information about drones.”

As such, his “defense” of Obama wasn’t really a shift on policy at all… simply a clarification.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck: What is your take right now on our position in terms of drone strikes? You just saw the two individuals who lost their lives. Do you believe that we are replacing human intel with drone strikes and this is why this happened? 

Senator Rand Paul: I hope that’s not the case. But I do think that there is a valuable use for drones. As much as I’m seen as an opponent to drones, I think in military and in warfare they do have some value. I think this is a difficult situation. You have hostages been held, some of them American. You also have the people holding the hostages, some of them are American.

I’ve been an opponent of using drones about people not involved in combat. However, if you are holding hostages, you kind of are involved in combat. So I look at it the way it is in the United States. If there’s a kidnapping in New York, the police don’t have to have a warrant to go in, you see what I mean? So really you don’t get due process or anything like that in a war zone. So these people are in a war zone and probably got what was coming to them, the captors. Unfortunately, some innocent people lost their lives, the hostages. But I guess I tend to — the world is so partisan — but I tend not to want to blame the president for the loss of life here. I think he was trying to do the right thing.