Modern drone warfare, especially when used to target al Qaeda leaders, could loosely fit that definition of an irregular military adventure, enough so that Rand Paul's got his libertarian Irish up and is doing a one-man filibuster on the Senate floor, 11 hours and counting. He's holding up a vote on CIA nominee John Brennan over the use of drones.
Paul took to the floor after receiving a statement from Attorney General Eric Holder that creaked open the door to the possibility of using a drone to kill an American inside the United States.
“To allow one man to accuse you in secret -- you never get notified you've been accused,” Paul said on the floor. “Your notification is the buzz of propellers on the drone as it flies overhead in the seconds before you're killed. Is that what we really want from our government?”
Paul said he’d be raising the same complaints under a Republican president.
Paul would do that. His dad was on the short end of quite a few 400-something-to-1 votes in the House, and while Rand's a bit less wild-eyed than Ron, the apple didn't fall too far from the tree.
There is a bit of judge-jury-and-executioner to some of these strikes. Some of that is understandable in a war footing; you don't waltz up to an al Qaeda outpost with the Yemeni equivalent of a sheriff's deputy and serve them a warrant. A Stinger missile is the notice served in that case, but making that the rule in more civilized areas does make one take pause.
My main wonder is whether he's wearing Depends or not.