Ron Paul reissues claims on American policy and 9/11
November 20th, 2011
12:26 PM ET
3 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. joan

    His position is correct in many ways... but we have to admit that the reason we had those ocmmitments in the Mid East was due more to American capitalism than to anything else. The goervnment was just playing strongman for the oil companies... pretty hard to separate the government from oil anyway. All comes back to greed.Ourt whole systemneeds revamping... that's a very tall order that will probably not happen until the bottom totally falls out.

    November 20, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  2. ed galbraith

    Paul is right on this issue (and it's very important)...,but he deserves no one's vote. His view of government's role in our society is arcane, not really thought out, and extremely destructive. Our educational, health protection and business systems would collapse...in days. It's called anarchy, Be honest Dr. Paul. You would never prescribe such a wild unvetted treatment for a sick patient. Paul has nothing to propose but some kind of Alice In Wonderland chaos. Too bad such an otherwise decent man is so careless.

    November 20, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. JonDie

    Former physician Dr. Ron Paul believes that poor and working class people without insurance should be left outside the hospital to die so that corporations can rake in the cash. That alone disqualifies him from being president. It doesn't matter what else he is right on.

    November 20, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  4. penny252

    Ron Paul is an isolationist and Obama will have us in Afghanistan,Pakistan,Uganda and every other country on earth....the latest being Australia ...until he is gonzo. Two losers.

    November 20, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. penny252

    Or is it Paul Ron?

    November 20, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  6. jimothy

    its odd how people havent had a chance to understand ron paul. this is evident as i read posts. people react before they get full knowledge. some are commenting on him in erroneous ways. what america is doing isnt workng. we are all screwed if people cant accept new ideas. drop the hostility and open up to a new way.. the alernative is not good. why are our journalists so opinionated and unable to be polite and objective? its as if they cannot hear themselves sounding hostile and most of all closed minded. who say make sure this on souns lleary of these ideas and affirmative of these other ones? is it a subliminal knee jerk reaction to writing for a big news service? ron paul should be a new topic in journalism education.. the coverage is terrible and its obvious to many that new ideas are approached with hostility.

    November 20, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. Jenny

    To a non-American, this goes without saying. Good to see Americans are starting to be able to discuss things again.

    November 20, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  8. Daniel

    Paul is not an isolationist. He supports a non-intervention policy.
    For you Star Trek fans..."The Prime Directive" is a great way to understand what non-intervention means.

    November 20, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  9. Lenny Pincus

    Bush made it very clear and every Republican agrees: the only way to make capitalism work is to be at war.

    November 20, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  10. Alina1

    Paul sounds like Hillary when she was running for President "If I knew what I know now , I would never .....blah blah blah". By the way Paul, to shrink the Government will not make America safer.

    November 20, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  11. Manniman

    The ONLY comprehensive study done on the motives of suicide terrorism, unequivocally agrees with Ron Paul's stance. In his study "Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism", Robert Pape concludes:

    "The data show that there is little connection between suicide terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism, or any one of the world's religions. . . . Rather, what nearly all suicide terrorist attacks have in common is a specific secular and strategic goal: to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from territory that the terrorists consider to be their homeland"

    "At bottom, suicide terrorism is a strategy for national liberation from foreign military occupation by a democratic state"

    "The taproot of suicide terrorism is nationalism" not religion. It is "an extreme strategy for national liberation"

    "Rather, the taproot is American military policy"

    Once again, Ron Paul bases his positions on logic and justice, something the MSM can't stand...

    November 20, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  12. Alex

    Ron Paul is reality but not president materiel. If we don't change our polices.. we will all become panhandlers one day.

    November 20, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  13. Ryan

    Like him or not, Ron Paul says exactly what he thinks, and not what some script writer told him to say. He is probably one of the smartest people working in Washington DC, and thinks very independently of his party. Bravo Dr. Paul.

    November 20, 2011 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  14. d cleveland

    You can tell the main stream is nervous of Ron Paul's popularity....face the nation was an attempt to make him look like he was out in left field.....nice try at a hatchet job.

    November 20, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    After reading the comments here, I have noticed that many people have misinformation or an unclear picture of what Ron Paul's platform really is. And many people are coming from a perspective of Democrat vs. Republican. What we need to realize is there is no difference between the current parties. They are the SAME. so stop acting like being liberal is so pious, or that being republican is better. THEY BOTH SUCK.

    Ron Paul is the only honest candidate out there who really knows what he is talking about. Please research him in depth and take the time to understand what he is saying with an open mind. If, after reading you still disagree with him that is your right, but make sure you are fully informed before dismissing the man. He has a deep and comprehensive perspective on government and it's role in our lives.

    November 20, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  16. Dennis Morgan

    I believe that America is tired of all the WARS and LIES.

    Ron Paul has been speaking Truth to Power for 35 years.

    It is time for this Great Nation to Change Course!

    Please do the right thing...

    Vote for Peace, Liberty and Prosperity.

    Vote for Ron Paul 2012

    November 20, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  17. grinnning libber

    Paul speaks the truth once in a while – but on average he is a crank.
    He has a small, very small, loud ,rabid following> He has no more chance of being POTUS than Lyndon LaRouche.

    November 20, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  18. 4cnote

    I once promised myself I would never vote for another Republican again, but if Ron Paul gets past the right-wing gate-keepers and goes head-to-head with Obama, I will pull the lever for Paul.

    November 20, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  19. brooklyn jews=taliban

    Absolutely true. If only the obese population from the South would listen to this man rather than Flush Dumbaugh.

    November 20, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  20. James

    Yeah, sooooo crazy, it's a concept developed, researched and concluded by our own CIA.

    November 20, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  21. Portland tony

    I for one tend to agree with the good doctor about our foreign policy being totally inane when it comes to the middle east. It's as if we are trying to replicate the19th century "Rule Britannica" ideals that failed so badly then. Let's hear more from Dr Paul on some issues that I don't necessarily agree with him on.

    November 20, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  22. Todd143

    Ron Paul makes so much sense on this issue. Even if you do not agree with him, the fact that our nation is drowning in debt should be reason enough to stop spending billions and billions on nation building.
    Ron Paul 2012

    November 20, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  23. Psycho Paul

    It's Ron Paul we are talking about. Does anyone with half a brain take him seriously?

    November 20, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  24. Adam

    Tonight's story; Ron Paul tells the truth. Corporate media tries to slander him.

    November 20, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  25. Patrick A.

    The truth is always hard to Digest,but it is what it is.
    BTW,I am still waiting for someone to explain to me what brought Building 7 down in the same manner as the 2 others that was hit by Airplanes.
    building 7 was NOT hit by any airplane.

    November 20, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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