From: An Actual American Citizen [Email him]
I can understand Ron Paul`s concern over assassinating an American citizen without a trial. [An unconstitutional killing: Obama`s killing of Awlaki violates American principles, By Ron Paul, NY Daily News, October 2, 2011] However, Anwar al-Awlaki would never have been a citizen if we had reasonable birth citizenship rules. Neither of his parents were citizens or permanent residents of the United States. His father was a foreign student who later served in the Yemeni government as Minister of Agriculture.
Paul`s suggestion that he should have been brought to the United States for trial is impractical. Dr. Paul would have a better argument if he suggested that the US shouldn`t be bombing people in Yemen because the US isn`t at war with Yemen, just as it isn`t, officially, with Libya.
However, in order to actually go in and bring al-Awlaki out alive, America would have had to actually go to war with Yemen.
That being said, al-Awlaki is something of a poster boy for birthright citizenship reform, like many of the so-called homegrown terrorists I discussed in a Memorial Day column. See also A Chicago Reader Discovers That The "American" The Obama Administration Wants To Kill Isn`t That American.