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. Kurt Thiel

    The ONLY Republican candidate with real integrity and honestly about our foreign policy and our budget. The rest are pimps.

    November 20, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  2. Kevin J

    I am not a fan of Paul but in this case, he has it totally right. You meddle it other people's business, there will be consequences.

    November 20, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. jim dollinger

    Dr Paul will win Iowa going away. then CBS will have to show him respect. his popularity isn't based on his consistency and honesty as much as it is his positions...end the wars, bring the troops home noe, stop torture, audit the Fed, strengthen the currency, restore liberty, cut gov't and whack the spending. this rEVOLution will outlast Dr Paul, America has awakened, though I do believe Ron Paul will Occupy the White House January 2013.

    November 20, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. not controvosial

    Our forefathers including Thomas Jefferson often stated "Avoid Foreign Entanglements"

    Jeferson also said "I feel banks and the corporations that may rise from them, are a bigger threat to our freedoms than standing armies."

    What Ron Paul said is not controversial, its sticking to the ideals of those who built this country, and the constitution.

    November 20, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. Ron in California

    The congressman fails to recognize the long history of the middle east and it's anti-western anti-christian views. As long as the west including the US continues to prosper and the middle east remains under control of religious fundamentalism then there will be no peace in the world or progress in the middle east.

    November 20, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  6. emma

    Sure wish we can get more of him in debates and in the press. The american people are being railroaded. If you doubt this one just has to look at the gerrymandering of the political districts. Most of us sheeples votes dont matter due to the reorganization of these districts. If we could only get thirteen colonies together to succeed from this nation and leave the politicians with their own debt to pay.......

    November 20, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. me

    omg, did CNN actually give Ron Paul some space??? BTW, Dr. Paul is right. For every one person we kill in the middle east, we are creating 10 people that want to kill us. Let's quit dropping bombs on these guys, bring our men and women home and rebuild OUR country. Ron Paul 2012.... can't wait!

    November 20, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  8. Anonymous


    "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?"

    He was speaking out against it....and noone was listening. He has also voted consistently.

    November 20, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  9. Mj

    In my opinion, Ron Paul is right on with this theory. In my opinion, anyone who thinks different lives in a fantasy world. I agree with Paul about 50% of the time. That is about 40% more than I agree with any other Republican Presidential Candidate. However, some of the other things that he says are totally nuts......That is, in my opinion.

    November 20, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  10. James

    I love the comments from the people that say if Ron Paul was president then we would have kids working in coal mines and we would all have to pan for gold and all the drinking water would be poisoned. What a great country where people can leave stupid ignorant comments on the internet but not use that same internet to actually do any research on the person they are commenting on. The country is hurting and Dr. Paul has the right medicine!

    November 20, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. Rob1961

    It was interesting for him to note that criticizing America does not make him anti-American. Do you think he would extend the same viewpoint to any Democrat doing the same thing? No way!

    November 20, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  12. gsjjs1

    A stopped clock is right twice a day....I agree with him on this but still don't like his other policies and would never vote for him.

    November 20, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  13. danel

    That and our unquestionable support to Israel is also part of the driving force why America is being targetted.

    November 20, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  14. Ryan

    Controversial?? More like common sense and more importantly accurate. The CBS interview was a joke. I'm boycotting them and their advertisers for months. Paul is once again showing is the only serious contender who knows what he's talking about. Nice try CNN... Listen to the people and stop spreading your own fear agenda.

    November 20, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  15. barack o'soros

    Paul is leaving out his underlying premise...which when asked about he always denies...paul mistakenly believes israel is the underlying reason why the jihadis attack america...but what paul doesnt understand is that america stands by her allies that are themselves socieites based on democracy and freedom and free it therefore wrong for america to stand up for israel or any other ally that is free and democratic even of some jihadis dont like that? Should america basically give in to extortion from islamists who want to tell us who to support and who not to?

    paul is always skirting the edge of this discussion ....he never outright blames israel, but he has slipped a few times....and so now he is smarter about what he says for public consumption. In the end, his analysis of american FP is skewed for his own very curious reasons. It hold no water. America should NEVER give in to extortion from other countries or people.

    November 20, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. JiminNM

    The light of truth may be dimmed by a shade or hidden by a cover, but it cannot be extinguished. Vote Ron Paul and then try the Federal Reserve, the Secretary of the Treasury and all other officials participating in the currency fraud for treason as Representative Louis McFadden charged in 1933. It is not isolation but minding your own business and protecting America with real security rather that attacking the rest of the world to control them, to eliminate their sovereignty, enslave their people through the central banks and steal all their property and resources.

    November 20, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  17. MP

    To Answer your question "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?" He was speaking out, loud and clear from the very beginning and was one of only six republicans who voted against the majority of republicans AND democrats to send troops into Iraq. He also voted against the patriot act

    November 20, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  18. bambam

    I can't stand this guy, but why would anyone be upset by his comments? Isn't it obvious that policies of our corporate-owned government can lead to such events? I don't think we've seen anything yet. The worst is yet to come. And, our government leaders are clue-less!

    November 20, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  19. Stan

    I' am truly amazed at all the positive comments I have read here. Now you see the true battle we in America face! Some of us have been fighting the system longer than others but the truth will open your eyes. Paul is not a sound bite kinda guy, pretty boy, flavor of the week spin, IRS or Federal Reserve insider. Dr. Paul is Dr. Paul he bows down to no one but his creator. Pick a topic any topic and you will know his stance it never waivers. You want Peace, Freedom and true liberty not what they decide to let you have then maybe Paul is worthy of consideration. If you want more of the same then Paul is not your candidate for President. Paul is changing History you can either join in for the better or crash with the old. We are witnessing a crossroads for America Tyranny or Freedom the choice is yours decide well. We may not get another chance our country is so messed up!

    November 20, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  20. Kevin

    Umm.. why is this controversial? We've been talking about how US foreign policy has been contributing to the rise of extremists groups well before the "War On Terror", well before 9/11, and well before al Qaeda was a blimp on the national radar. We've been discussing this for decades. It's not controversial, its common sense.

    November 20, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. BettyLiberty

    Ron Paul IS my president.

    November 20, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  22. Paul

    Paul is a ranting nut .. but he is honest, and right on this one. I wouldn't want him to be in charge of policy making though, or any of the GOP candidates for that matter ... Still, he is right about the 9/11 motives and that politics abused the 9/11 events instead of learning from them. Of course, to anyone who has a little bit of brain, it doesn't come as a surprise, unfortunately 98% of the public is gullible enough to fall for it .OYEAH .. EACH COUNTRY EARNS WHAT IT GETS

    November 20, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  23. daveugber

    america could do much worse than having this man as president...the day after ron paul takes office, the price of oil begins to drop off of the table and miraculously, entrepreneurship will explode...

    November 20, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. Wastrel

    The policies of the US toward Muslim nations are incredibly short-sighted and deserve part of the blame. Mohammed deserves more of the blame, though. I'm wondering when we are going to do something effective about the nutcases that think they will conquer the world and impose their religious-political system on it.

    November 20, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  25. Ambrose

    > he says he's pro-life, but would allow states to permit abortion. How do you explain that?

    He has read the constitution and takes his oath of office seriously. See 10th Amendment.

    > his god is a self-centered, atheist who hated the poor

    I don't follow your logic here (perhaps because there is no logic in your comment). Ron Paul believes in self-determination and voluntary acts of compassion. No other political philosophy is as moral.

    > his isolationist views are naive

    No, they are based on an observation that forcing your world view on someone else at the point of a gun has unintended consequences. It is not as succesfful as diplomacy, trade and leading by example.

    > and he puts the pursuit of money ahead of everything else.

    That is not true. He routinely treated patients who could not pay when he practiced medicine.

    > He's also too old.

    He seems to be handling the campaign trail very well, I am yet to see any sign of fatigue.

    November 20, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
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