Rand Paul toasts a drone program
August 9th, 2013
10:30 AM ET
8 months ago

Rand Paul toasts a drone program

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul has become known as perhaps the most vocal lawmaker on the legal use of drones, taking repeated standoffs with the administration over questions about armed and unarmed aerial vehicles.

But the Republican senator from Kentucky tweeted Friday that he approved of a certain kind of drone after all. And it can't conduct surveillance or kill people.

"Perhaps I am not against ALL drones!" he wrote on Twitter, linking to an article about a flying robot that brings beer to music festival goers in South Africa.

At the outdoor festival called Oppikoppi, customers can place an order using a smartphone app. A drone then brings the beer 50 feet above the crowd, using a GPS device to track down the person who requested the drink, according to Agence-France Presse. Once the person is found, the drone drops the beer with a parachute.

"Every time it drops a parachute a crowd of 5,000 cheers," Carel Hoffmann, director of the festival, said in the article.

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While holding up a confirmation vote in the Senate on the president's nominee for CIA director, Paul based his famous 13-hour talking filibuster earlier this summer on questions about the legal use of armed drones in the United States. Paul also held up a vote on the FBI nominee this year as he sought details on the government's use of drones for domestic surveillance.


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  1. Sniffit

    Randroid political machine is a drone program. Just look at his hivemind followers.

    August 9, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Pathetic idiot. Simple. Does he want you to go and get killed? Why not these animals go and send their kith and kin first?

    August 9, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. rs

    It is simply amazing what Republicans can waste time and energy on. Quite literally: "look! Something shiney!".

    August 9, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. luke,az

    Republicans are imploding, thanks to Rand Paul. Which group will take over the party; moderates, evangelicals, tea partiers or the ron paulies ?

    August 9, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. ST

    I do not know whether Rand Paul is aware of what he is talking about. He is not against ALL DRONES, may be few. BUT what do drones do whether they are many or few? This man in my opinion, doesn't fit to be close to be the commander-in-chief. He is full of shortfalls. A lot is missing in his way of thinking.

    August 9, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. Data Driven

    I'm a pretty far-left guy, so sometimes I find myself agreeing with people like Rand Paul when they criticize drones. And I'm all for beer via parachute.

    But I'm also under no illusions about the libertarian philosophy, which, taken in toto, is the most immature political philosophy in America. There's a reason why college kids, and almost no one older and wiser, reads Ayn Rand. Because when you get older and consequently take on more responsibilities in your life, like children, you start to realize that it's not all about YOU, and that you are part of a community that you rely on and which also relies on you.

    August 9, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Is this a story about Rand Paul? Or, is this a story about a robotic aircraft that delivers beer kegs? Can you imagine one of those things at a tailgate party? What if someone inside of an NFL stadium ordered up a pony keg? What would happen if some high school kids ordered one during lunch? This thing sounds like the perfect solution to a traffic jam.

    August 9, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    Weiner is even despised by the UK media.......a socialist country.
    *****************
    Secession boy is at it again. Besides, the UK media is dominated by Murdoch, the man who hacks the voicemails of murdered children for fun and profit, so why do you have a problem with this?

    August 9, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. wendel

    hope this guy doesn't run what a waste but then again this is just the type of clown the repo party likes.

    August 9, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Romney is STILL NOT My Hero

    I'm against drones, let a drone kill him, I'm not against all drones, see they serve beer. - Wooo Hooo Boy, that Randy sure is funny – ROFLMAO – NOT! He's still an annoying little man with nothing to offer. I am actually praying for 2016 to come and go, so this idjot can disappear.

    August 9, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Marie MD

    Finally something close to his heart another drone!

    August 9, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. tom l

    To all the lefties here:

    Clearly, it was a big mistake when Bush unveiled the "mission accomplished" sign when we were nowhere near that. Is it a fair criticism of President Obama who campaigned continuously about how "Al Qaida is on the run and is decimated" with the actions over the past few weeks. This is isn't a gotcha question. It's a matter of consistency. Clearly, Bush was wrong. Wouldn't it be consistent to say that Obama was wrong to make the same bold claims as Bush did? Let's not nuance things here. Let's be logical. It is obvious that Al Qaida is nowhere near "on the run" nor are they "decimated" no matter how many drones (something you on the left now support) we use.

    August 9, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. tom l

    Typical lefties with ZERO sense of humor. This is a drone that I would be for too!

    August 9, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    " Is it a fair criticism of President Obama who campaigned continuously about how "Al Qaida is on the run and is decimated" with the actions over the past few weeks."

    Not particularly. Responding prudently to intercepting a conference call between 20+ known leaders and operatives that indicated they might attack certain embassies is not an indication that Al Qaeda is doing just fine and dandy. Did they attack? When's their last big well-organized hit? When's the last one on our soil? How many tops leaders and "number 2s" have we killed?

    Does Al Qaeda still exist? Yes. Are they still capable of being a threat? Yes. The answers to those questions being "yes" doesn't mean they're at all in the same shape they were years ago. Prudent responses to intelligence indicating continuing attempts to be a threat are not an indication that Al Qaeda has not been severely damaged. The talking point is nothing but conflation. And besides, aren't you dedicated Obama haters supposed to be trying to give Bush all the credit for Al Qaeda being "on the run and decimated" and complaining bitterly that Obama is trying to take away his credit...all while snidely proclaiming that Obama continued his policies?

    August 9, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    tom l.

    Clearly, it was a big mistake when Bush unveiled the "mission accomplished" sign when we were nowhere near that. Is it a fair criticism of President Obama who campaigned continuously about how "Al Qaida is on the run and is decimated" with the actions over the past few weeks. This is isn't a gotcha question. It's a matter of consistency. Clearly, Bush was wrong. Wouldn't it be consistent to say that Obama was wrong to make the same bold claims as Bush did?
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    Nope. Because at the time when he said, it was the absolute truth. They ran to places like Yemen.

    August 9, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. the hippies were right

    I believe alcohol has destroyed more lives than drones.

    August 9, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Paul based his famous 13-hour talking filibuster earlier this summer on questions about the legal use of armed drones in the United States. "

    And he droned on and on while oblivious of the irony.

    August 9, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein

    @Data Driven - You made the point that I totally agree with and people don't seem to understand. As a kid you don't have to be responsible for anything, but a mature person who sees beyond the needs of oneself understands that there is a greater community. No one person can survive alone; we are social creatures and to believe that each person shouldn't have to rely on anything or anyone is wrong. Without a community, there can be no advancement or security.

    August 9, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Fair is Fair

    "Clearly, it was a big mistake when Bush unveiled the "mission accomplished" sign when we were nowhere near that. Is it a fair criticism of President Obama who campaigned continuously about how "Al Qaida is on the run and is decimated" with the actions over the past few weeks."
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    The irony really is that the theme of his 2012 campaign was "Detroit's alive abd Bin Laden is dead" when in fact, Detroit is dead and Al Queada is very much alive.

    August 9, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Data Driven

    @Tom,

    Well, since you brought it up on this thread:

    What's the conservative solution to the terrorist problem? I can tell you the liberal one: "if you want to stop terrorism, then stop participating in it" - Noam Chomsky. That means: immediate cessation of droning and as rapid a pull-out of Afghanistan as practicable. Presumably you're not a McCain-style neoconservative, because you appear not to support droning either.

    I'm interested in the conservative take on the SOLUTION. Because, yeah, Bush was wrong, and Obama is wrong - who gives a flip about that?

    August 9, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Data Driven

    @S.B. Stein,

    Beautifully stated.

    This is why we're liberals: wisdom. :)

    August 9, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. tom l

    @Data,

    Well, since you brought it up on this thread:

    What's the conservative solution to the terrorist problem? I can tell you the liberal one: "if you want to stop terrorism, then stop participating in it" – Noam Chomsky. That means: immediate cessation of droning and as rapid a pull-out of Afghanistan as practicable. Presumably you're not a McCain-style neoconservative, because you appear not to support droning either.

    I'm interested in the conservative take on the SOLUTION. Because, yeah, Bush was wrong, and Obama is wrong – who gives a flip about that?

    A very fair question to ask. I hope you will actually asked so that you would listen to what a different SOLUTION would be, but I must clarify that I am a libertarian so I'm not into feeding the Military Industrial Complex like presidents Bush and Obama love to do. So, my solution would be to disengage as much as possible. I know that we have too much at stake to actually do that right now, practically speaking. We have to stop our dependance on oil from the middle east. We need to not be in a position where we need them. The sooner we do that, the better. So how do we do that and stop the reliance? There are many things we can do including private investment in alternative sources of energy taht will be cost effective (this should not be the job of the govt – I believe in free private enterprise). But, since reality is that we are a nation that needs oil, why don't we do everything we can to drill here and produce oil here? Why aren't we drilling off the coast of California? If it's ok and we will support the drilling off of Brazil, why wouldn't we create jobs here in the U.S. and drill here? Why don't we frack more? Why aren't we utilizing the major new finds to the fullest extent and creating jobs here in the US for Americans? Please read all of the articles out there talking about the major oil finds recently here in the US and how the Saudis are worried about how our production could crush their economy. But what we're doing now clearly isn't working...no matter whether it was president Bush or Obama.

    August 9, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. tom l

    @Rudy

    Clearly, it was a big mistake when Bush unveiled the "mission accomplished" sign when we were nowhere near that. Is it a fair criticism of President Obama who campaigned continuously about how "Al Qaida is on the run and is decimated" with the actions over the past few weeks. This is isn't a gotcha question. It's a matter of consistency. Clearly, Bush was wrong. Wouldn't it be consistent to say that Obama was wrong to make the same bold claims as Bush did?
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    Nope. Because at the time when he said, it was the absolute truth. They ran to places like Yemen.

    But he was very wrong. Dead wrong. And he was pretty darn sure of that at the time which conveniently happened to be right during the election. Let's not be partisan here. Let's be honest. He was just saying that because it was a talking point that he could use to get re-elected. Be fair here and answer this question honestly...what would you have said if a pres Bush said the exact same thing and now, less than a year after, we are clearly not in control. The left and the media would have skewered Bush and rightfully so. They are not on the run. They never were.

    BTW, I really appreciated your fair comment the other day with regards to race and recognizing that there are racists in both parties.

    August 9, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. plain and simple

    When you are scrounging for the beer vote,based on nothing more than you like to drink it......that's the bottom of the barrel!

    August 9, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. tibs

    Libertarianism is the exact opposite of immaturity. How does a free society limit community? Or your ability to help your neighbor? If you want to help people, then help people.

    Do you really think that without a government that spends 45% of GNP we all be crawling around in the mud killing each other? Big government is immature. Income taxaxtion is immature. Central planning is immature.

    Free societies are the ultimate expression of maturity and progress.

    August 9, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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