Ron Paul reissues claims on American policy and 9/11
November 20th, 2011
12:26 PM ET
7 years ago

Ron Paul reissues claims on American policy and 9/11

(CNN) - Presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul reiterated his controversial stance Sunday that some policies of the United States contributed to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Speaking on the CBS program “Face the Nation,” Paul said his views were consistent with analysis from various groups.

Programming note: GOP presidential candidates face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 22, in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C.

“I think there's an influence,” Paul said. “That's exactly what the 9/11 Commission said. That's what the DoD has said. That's also what the CIA has said. That's what a lot of researchers have said.”

Paul said American intervention in foreign nations was a trigger to potential terrorists, who he said were sending the message: “We don’t like American bombs to be falling on our country.”

He cited withdrawing a military base from Saudi Arabia immediately after 9/11 as an indication that U.S. military policy was partly responsible for the actions of terrorists.

Paul has previously said that the military presence in Saudi Arabia was a motivator for terrorists, who were angered by American troops in the Islamic country.

The Texas congressman made clear he did not think America’s form of government and economy were to blame, but rather the specific foreign policies pursued by the United States.

“To deny this I think is very dangerous, but to argue the case that they want to do us harm because we're free and prosperous I think is a very, very dangerous notion because it's not true,” Paul said.

He continued, “You're supposed to be able to criticize your own government without saying you're un-American.”

Filed under: 2012 • Ron Paul • Terrorism
soundoff (538 Responses)
  1. Victor Mooney

    He's right, and it's called Blowback. We ought to mind our own business, protect our own homeland, don't get involved with these wars and just bring our troops home. It's NO coincidence Ron Paul has received more donations from the Military than all the other Republicans, including President Obama COMBINED so far. Liberty, Peace & Sound Money- Ron Paul 2012

    November 20, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Mike R

    CBS and Bob Schieffer should be embarrassed on how they handled this interview. It was more like an attack than trying to get to know the congressman. Ron Paul has more integrity in his left foot than the president and congress put together. Ron Paul 2012

    November 20, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Jack213

    We need this guy to be President. He's the only one telling the truth to the American people.

    Go Ron Paul!

    November 20, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. kuewa

    Of course, he is right in many respects– as anyone who watched Fahrenheit 9/11 would know. But what has he, as a Senator, done about this?

    November 20, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. andyj

    His views may be "controversial" but they're also "correct." What incites more hatred against us, the fact that we are free and prosperous (we are quickly becoming neither) or that we are currently bombing 5 countries with soldiers occupying over 100 foreign countries around the world? In America we view the Iraq War as a 'mistake' but throughout the rest of the world and especially the middle east they view it as an unjustified invasion where over HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of civilians have been killed. America needs to view the situation from the other point of view and it becomes obvious that Paul is right.

    November 20, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Keith in Austin

    Although I agree with Ron Paul on many of his anti-Big Government ideas, his isolationist foreign policy beliefs are far-fetched and could be dangerous to our National Defense.

    November 20, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. mk1

    I rarely agree with Rep Paul but on this he is spot on. We are the biggest tool terrorist recruiters have going for them by some of our policies and actions. Anyone who does not see this has the myopic vision of a perfect America and though we would love that to be the case, it is not so. Our invasion of Iraq was a terrorists dream action and our continued presence in Afghanistan is as well. Those who do not or can not see this is delusional and ignorant.

    November 20, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. PaulIn12

    The only reason we have so many enemies in the Middle east is that the globalist coprorations have not figured out yet how to get slave labor there, once the do will will be thier friends and borrow money from them like China.

    November 20, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Sal

    This is one thing that ron paul got right! It's true what he is saying. 

    November 20, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. WhereIsPalin

    Remember Paul-bots. He's a doctor, not a career politician. Everything that comes from his mouth is pure truth.

    November 20, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Buford T Justice

    he's right.

    November 20, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    I'm curious: When the Bush Administration was calling anyone who criticized it un-American and aiding the enemy, was Ron Paul speaking out? Or did he remain silent?

    November 20, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Chris

    And, once again the wisdom of the good Dr. is undeniable. The real question is can America elect a philosopher or will we elect another smooth talking actor? This American grows weary of the corporatist puppets.

    November 20, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. PaulIn12

    I keep seeing how bag Isolationsiim is. WW1, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq,Afganistan,Iraq, Libya. Looks to me like so called gloablism is the problem. Oh I know corporations need cheap slave labor.

    November 20, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. professorjoe

    Ron Paul reiterated his "controversial claims". Yes indeed, it's no wonder these claims are so controversial, he got them from that ultra left fringe group the CIA. Wake up CNN the American people are wise to the media prejudice of Dr Paul and just like little David in the bible he will slay the giant!

    November 20, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Charles

    I saw this interview and Mr. Schieffer was adversarial and acted like Dr. Paul was a criminal. Classic MSM treatment.
    Guess what we are not buying what CBS is selling.
    I for one, am voting for Ron Paul.

    November 20, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. JohnP

    He voted against the Patriot Act and the Iraq War. So yeah, while your favored "liberal" Democrat senators were busy voting for the Patriot Act the "right-wing extremist" Ron Paul was busy trying to protect our liberties and freedoms then and now.

    November 20, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Where's Paul's detailed analysis of why we had bases in Saudi Arabia to begin with? We had bases there after the first Gulf War, as a way of protecting the Saudi oil fields from our former ally, Iraq (we sided with them against Iran; just like we sided with the Taliban in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union). The Saudis wanted us there (I'm sure the close ties between the Saudi Royal Family and the bin Ladens with the Bush family contributed to this).

    It's all about oil. Given that it's a finite resource, you'd think Paul would support developing green, renewable energy sources. His answer, like to everything else, is to naively call for the deregulation of everything and "the market" will miraculously fix all our energy problems.

    November 20, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Tony Vaughn

    the problem is that We The People, don't agree with the foreign policies either. Mind our own business as China and Russia do, and we'll become strong again

    November 20, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. TSimons

    Sometimes the truth can be painful. As a doctor will tell a patient the horrible truth regarding their health, Dr. Paul is simply advising the American people the truth regarding our Nation's health. Our failed foreign policies, our failed monetary policies and our failed domestic policies. For our Republic to survive we must return to our Constitution.

    November 20, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Larry L


    "Remember Paul-bots. He's a doctor, not a career politician. Everything that comes from his mouth is pure truth."
    It would appear that Ron is neither a successful physician nor politician. If he was dedicated to medicine he'd understand the need for a healthcare system that wasn't driven by the profits of each procedure. He would have stayed in the medical field and not become just another angry politician screaming at cars on the freeway.

    If he was a truly successful politician he'd offer pragmatic solutions rather than simply expand on the obvious. Isolationism and anarchy are not a viable policies for a super power in a dynamic and diverse world. Not a single first-tier nation on earth has both a high standard of living and a small, fragmented government. "States Rights" are a relic from the post Civil War era. Who would trust their state with national defense, environmental policy, defense of the Constitution, the national infrastructure, Medicare, Social Security, immigrfation control, or homeland security? I'm in Texas and certainly wouldn't trust our crop of right-wing, bible-thumping lap-dogs to the oil industry with any of these areas. Ron Paul is the Ralph Nader of the right-wing – interesting but out-of-touch with reality.

    November 20, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. Graham

    Isn't it strange to read an article that keeps calling a person's views as "controversial" when they seem like the most obvious things in the entire world to the readers. The idea that our foreign policy sometimes angers certain people, who then behave in anger, is an historic reality, and to deny what is so manifestly true about the motivation of human beings, makes the reader feel like he is in the Twighlight Zone. Real 1984 kind of stuff.

    November 20, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Greg

    ThinkAgain- Yes he was speaking out. He voted against the war in Iraq, and he regularly criticized it and Bush publicly. He has never changed his position, or been afraid to speak his mind. He also voted against the ridiculous Patriot Act. Interestingly, Obama voted FOR the Patriot Act extension and extended it yet again as President. He wasn't in Senate for the initial vote on that or Iraq. He did vote to increase funding by $300 billion despite promising during his Senate campaign in 2003 to vote AGAINST funding the war. The difference between Paul's anti-war beliefs and Obama's seems to be that only one is genuine.

    November 20, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. TXJim

    He os correct. Our Middle East policies especially re Israel. OBL said this was his number one reason for the attack. Number two was US forces in Saudi Arabia. Our foreign policy is to blame.

    November 20, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. Frank!

    I'm actually starting to like this guy more and more. Ron Paul may have his faults but he also has some good ideas.

    Our meddling in other countries' internal affairs does have consequences... sometimes DEADLY consequences. When we drop bombs on people, why are we so surprised and outraged when bombs fall on us?????

    November 20, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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