Senator Marco Rubio has officially cast his lot with McCain and Lindsey Graham in pushing the notion that “America is a battlefield.” Here are some particularly creepy excerpts from National Review:
If we’re not even willing to characterize the war as a war, or the threat as a threat, how can we ensure that we will win this battle? If, instead, we want to see every act of terror in the United States as some isolated case, disconnected from a broader effort — as administration officials are now spinning Boston — we’re doing a disservice to the American people.
Across the globe, we’ve seen the results of his approach: an America disengaged, failing to lead, unwilling to tackle tough challenges, while others, who often do not share our values, fill the void. We’ve gone from being a country with a decades-long record of shaping world events, the guarantor of peace and stability, to being, in many cases, a mere bystander to world events, lagging behind others.
[Fire up the printing press! So is Rubio moving beyond being just "the world's policeman" to being the world's "guarantor of peace and stability?" O, and 'thank you China for all those loans making our foreign policy possible!']
In reaction to the approach of the current administration, some argue that we should hunker down here at home. They believe that the government has overreached on national security — that more than a decade after 9/11, we need to focus more on restricting our government than on fighting those who want to kill us and disrupt our way of life.
We debated many of these issues last year in the Senate during the discussion about indefinite detention as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. The bombing in Boston shows the misguided nature of this approach and should serve as a reminder that the homeland can unfortunately become part of the battlefield…
…we should keep in mind that Boston shows that limiting government’s authorities, retreating from the world, and isolating ourselves will not keep us safe…[And don't even get me started on the danger posed to American's by tree nut alergies and in-ground pools! It's a slaughterhouse!]
If our country is now a war zone, what’s left? …The hell it’s a battlefield, this is our country! - Senator Rand Paul, 13-hr filibuster
They (Graham and McCain) think the whole world is a battlefield, including America, and that the laws of war should apply…The laws of war don’t involve due process, so when they ask you for an attorney you tell them to shut up. That’s not my understanding of the way America works…I don’t think the laws of war apply to America, I think the Bill of Rights do and I think it’s a disservice to our soldiers that our senators up there arguing that the Bill of Rights aren’t important. – Senator Rand Paul, The Hill.
Pat Buchanan has an excelent response: http://www.wnd.com/2012/04/marco-rubio-the-newest-neocon/