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

    Paul is absolutely right in that our polices were directly responsible for 9/11. The Saudi King tried to tell us that and we totally ignored him. We have this arrogant attitude that "America is Exceptional," what nonsense. Just a way to tell the world we can do whatever the hell we want because we are better than you. The US sits astride the globe like a behemoth controlling govts and dictating to people how they should live. Don't you think somebody might not like that and get desperate enough to fly a plane into a building. There is direct correlation between the two, a blind man in a dark room could see it.

    November 20, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  2. Caysen

    He's been saying this since at least 1998. Most consistent man you could ever find. He gets my vote just on principle.

    November 20, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  3. 1benza

    I agree with Ron Paul that some foreign policy initiatives of the US may have led to 9/11, but the truth is that no one will acknowledge anything of the sort and everyone agrees that it was an attack on American values. Its the only way to keep the campaign donations flowing from the various arms peddlers. He would have made a great President if only his ideas weren't so libertarian and isolationist and so liberal (meaning he has an education and is smarter than the average Republican).

    November 20, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  4. rfkbr

    OK everyone....ONE MORE TIME....
    Ron Paul is NOT an isolationist. He is a NON-INTERVENTIONIST. They are very different!

    Though I disliked the host for his condescension while interviewing him, I think Ron Paul handled all the questions VERY well.

    Those who think Ron Paul isn't patriotic because he doesn't want to blow up the Middle East should truly reconsider the definition and roots of being an American.

    November 20, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  5. Kyle

    Ron Paul isn't insane on ANY topic, he speaks the truth and fights FOR US, not special interests. He might seem crazy if you read about him in an article, but ACTUALLY WATCH his speeches and think about what he says. Everything that's going wrong in this country, he seems to clear up and make sense of an actual solution. His messages may be difficult to understand at some times, but complex subjects and situations require complex answers. He doesn't just tell us what we want to hear and tackles the issues, unlike other GOP tards or obama.

    For one, I will be switching my party affiliation in order to vote for Mr. Paul. He's the Ronald Reagen of this election, and if we don't get him into office, our sufferings in this country will deepen. Ron Paul predicted that the housing market would crash years before it happened, and he predicts our dollar will crash because of our government's uncontrolled spending and money printing if we continue the path we're on now with all the bailouts and government loans.

    I've seen the light and now I see through the lies of the government and media. Ron Paul 2012!!

    November 20, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  6. cary

    the only candidate with 100% integrity – too bad the US voters don't value integrity

    November 20, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  7. Saboth

    What's controversial about it? Maybe to idiots that can't see beyond the nose on their face. You go around slapping hornets nests with impunity, don't be surprised if some of the hornets sting you. We've invaded countries, contributed directly and indirectly to over a hundred thousand civilian deaths, and funded and supported insurgents, rebels and terrorists in the Middle East, Mexico, and who knows where else. And we are shocked when they bomb our embassies and blow up our buildings?

    November 20, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  8. tyrus cassius mcqueen

    Thank goodness this nutjob can't get more than 2% of the popular vote in a Presidential election.

    November 20, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  9. mslman71

    Why is stating the obvious controversial? Trying to make controversy where there is none? Isn't this more or less what Obama was spouting as part of his campaign rhetoric? A vast number of outspoken liberals were nodding so hard they are lucky they didn't scramble their brains (more)... Why is this supposed to be an issue when someone (who isn't a Democrat) says it?

    November 20, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  10. Edd

    He's absolutely right!

    November 20, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  11. skytag

    What he's saying is common sense and supported by intelligence agencies. It's only controversial because some people have too much national ego to admit we could have screwed up.

    I would point out that when a Muslim says the exact same thing he's viciously attacked and accused of hating America and supporting terrorism. Funny how double standards work, isn't it?

    November 20, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  12. PHinMiami

    Just another GOP brain fart. The Taliban will be blowing up stuff/people until the end of time. They are 'Haters'. The philosophy is, anyone not lonely, non-productive and miserable, just like them, should die.

    November 20, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  13. ThePongster

    Controversy is defined as a state of prolonged public dispute or debate, usually concerning a matter of opinion. I think the biggest controversy is the untold stories of the "collateral damage" of years of US foreign policy. Do you think there is any debate between Muslims when a predator drone "accidentally" kills a few innocent men, women or children? Sure, we may have gotten rid of one "enemy combatant", but what about the family that may have been maimed or killed by that same bomb? At that point I don't think the relatives of that family are debating about US citizens being free. They would probably start planning a course of revenge (also known as blowback).

    November 20, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  14. JackSing


    – Do you know the difference in those two words? Let me help you.

    A person who locks themselves in their own house, boards up the windows and never speaks to anyone is an "Isolation­alist".

    A person who talks and trades freely with his neighbours and who makes sure his own house is safe and secure and in good repair is an "Non-Inter­ventionist­". He also does not go into other neighbours yards without permission­, blow up their

    November 20, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  15. damn texan

    we got close to a dictatorship with bush, with ron paul we would make it he would be our own hugo chavez

    November 20, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  16. Jeff Joseph

    The 9/11 official story, that jet fuel brought down 3 buildings is scientifically impossible according to a true scientist not propaganda scientist. Ron Paul may not be dead on but at least he has guts to start confronting the the lies that The U.S. has been hiding and that is truth enough to get him in office! I think Americans like the lies better than the truth this is the controversy wake up we are the most violent Country in the world!

    November 20, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |

    US policy contributed to 9/11 is "surprising"? Well it would surprise anyone who swallows main stream propaganda with out thinking. In fact he is exactly right and it should be no surprise to any thoughtful american.

    November 20, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Ron Paul doesn't really understand foreign policy. We try to spread our influence through various ways. If these people have a problem with the US supporting the only real democracy that has true rule of law– Israel, then they can tell us and talk to us rather than attacking us. These people are on extreme of their religion and can't be convinced of anything rational. That is why they attacked us.

    November 20, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  19. filsdejean

    Only in America does staing this rather obvious fact become somehow unpatriotic and controversial. Very sad indeed.
    I might not agree with some of his policies but this is not a policy; He's simply stating a fact.

    November 20, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  20. Hubbs

    – "I beg to differ. For example, he says he's pro-life, but would allow states to permit abortion. How do you explain that?"

    Wow. You really don't understand what Ron Paul is about do you? Your comment pretty much sums up what his platform is. Just because he's not pro-choice personally, he believes that making that decision is up to the states and by the people that live in them. This is what makes him so different than all the other politicians today. He doesn't believe in making those decisions for you, he believes that the people should decide for themselves (because we're not all stupid). All he says is that it's not the federal government's job to pay for things such as planned parenthood because it ends up costing us all no matter your beliefs.
    It's time for a radical change in this country. We need to get back to the core of what made us different and great. We need someone who will start the process of undoing what so many politicians have done to hurt our country in the past few decades. It's time we take a look around and stand up to fix the country that our forefathers dedicated their life to. If you want a federal government that makes all of your decisions for you and limits your rights I know of one. It's a little crowded but I hear China is nice in spring.

    I for one support Ron Paul 100%. I already have a father, I don't need another one in the form of the federal government.

    November 20, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  21. carlos

    RONald PAUL is telling us just the truth. People, use just common sense; if someone beat one of your kids what would be your reaction?, if someone try to destroy your house throwing boms what would you do???? IF someone put sanctions in the US just for politics reasons and as a product of that your kids get sick and die for starvation, what would you do???? THAT IS WHAT THE US HAS BEEN DOING FOR DECADES IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND THAT'S WHY RETALIANTION AND TERRORIST ATTACK US.

    November 20, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  22. Mike

    While I totally agree with Ron Paul that the Iraq war AFTER 9/11 was a needless, illegal war based on the false assumption that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, what wars in the Middle East was the US involved in when 9/11 occurred??
    For all those people agreeing with Ron Paul, I would like someone (anyone) to give me an answer to this one simple question. While it's the US have been involved in the Iraq and Afghanistan AFTER 9/11, it appears to me in September 2001 that the US was at peace. The terrorist shattered that peace causing an overreaction by the US Government

    November 21, 2011 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  23. Bob

    Uh, HE'S CORRECT. Any person who has an even elementary understanding of US foreign policy in the middle east would share the same views.

    November 21, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  24. Peter Q Wolfe

    I'ved in the state of Texas, however, I'm ashamed of hailing from that rock of a state myself. Ron Paul would be a better vice president than a real U.S President myself. He would do good with a duo like Barack Obama and Ron Paul perhaps that would be like a circus but interesting for a change. Think about it folks all of the recent presidents have the same political party try something new have a little bit of both in office. Also, our foreign policy directly lead to the Afghanistan War and the Iraq War as failed policies of the Cold War.

    November 21, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  25. Kristina

    I think Dr. Paul is over the top in a lot of ways, but he is probably the best the Republicans have to offer as far as honesty, intelligence etc. It angers me to see a man that gets so many supporters belittled by the media. In a Democracy we should show some respect for fellow Voters. I don't want the U.S. to be an isolationist nation, but Dr. Paul is right about the way we involve ourselves sometimes being use a a terrorist recruitment tool. I personally would never vote for him, but that doesn't mean I can't agree with him on a few things.

    November 21, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
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