Ted Cruz is unserious…
…not that we needed more confirmation, but Ted Cruz has introduced the marked up version of Rand Paul’s non-binding resolution, and it’s a complete dud.
It’s not a serious attempt to restrain or even meaningfully debate the role of lethal force in anti-terrorism policy. Instead it’s a bald publicity stunt meant to work on the worst fears of their fringe survivalist supporters.
The piece at lawfare does the heavy lifting in terms of picking it to pieces, but the money paragraph I think is:
There’s nothing wrong (and everything right) with vigorous, principled opposition to certain military tactics, especially where the United States claims authority to target its citizens with lethal force. That’s dramatic, scary stuff. And we (along with everyone on Lawfare who’s addressed the issue) think that the debate therefore needs to continue—in the public sphere, in the executive branch, and in Congress. But that debate ought to focus on what’s actually at stake, not some implausible parade of horribles involving non-threatening people at coffeehouses or Vietnam-era peace activists. In opting for the latter approach, Senators Cruz and Paul needlessly cheapen a worthy and exceedingly important debate.
Emphasis added. Which speaks again to the problematic way Rand Paul decided to bring attention to the subject. Here’s hoping Durbin and the Democrats do better.