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

    It's astonishing how many people conflate isolationism with non interventionism. Ron Paul is NOT an isolationist. Like Thomas Jefferson he favors free trade with all and no entangling alliances. In fact, it is the policies of foreign militarism advocated by Bush and Obama that have isolated us from the world.

    November 21, 2011 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  2. Peg

    Well I don't agree with Paul too often, but based on what is simply mentioned in this article (I missed the Face the Nation interview). I will say I agree with this particular statement and it is gutsy of him. However, he is never lacking in the nerve to express what he really thinks. You have to give him credit for being transparent.

    November 21, 2011 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  3. RxForLiberty.com

    The war machine doesn't want this guy; the bankers don't want this guy; the medical lobbyists don't want this guy – sounds like a winner for me! Go Ron Paul – you have my vote!

    November 21, 2011 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  4. Polineutral

    It is almost unbelievable what I see here. This is the first time I actually see a discussion forum where more than 90% of the posts are in agreement. I could care less for politics, but even I agree, that Ron Paul is the only candidate who at least demonstrates that he has morality, honesty and knowledge. Even if he isn't nominated by the GOP, I will certainly write him in, and in fact I would encourage everyone to do the same.

    November 21, 2011 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  5. Brian

    What's controversial and baffling is the fact that anyone in the news media still believes they hate us for our freedoms? Are these people for real, or what? The ONLY way they can continue the wars is to justify them by making this garbage up about them hating us for our freedom. If they told us the truth, which is that the US Government is provoking the hate there would be no support for the wars.

    November 21, 2011 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  6. marc pope

    I am sick of people calling Ron Paul an Isolationist. Is China Isolationist? What about Germany? What about France? Do they have bases in over 300 countries? Wake up people!!! WE are the aggressive ones and that's how we are viewed around the world. Ask someone in another country how we are viewed. I want to be RESPECTED around the world again.

    November 21, 2011 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  7. Mark Augustyn

    Ron Paul is right. Go Ron go!

    November 21, 2011 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  8. Gen .Realistic

    I haven't paid much attention to Ron Paul until lately and I have to say, I think he's right. That being said, the USA cannot simply abandon all foreign military activity. Part of what keeps the homeland safe is that we are not waiting for the enemy to arrive at our gate. Although we have now been attacked, fighting the battles on the other guy's turf is a great way to keep Americans safe. But clearly, Mr. Paul is correct in his assertion that using our military to influence other governments, pursue and control the earth's natural resources and protect the interests of sometimes misguided allies, is polarizing foreign opinions that the USA is the world's greatest bully. For all of the good we sometimes do for our worldly neighbors in need, we could do more; like staying out of their business and focusing on the financial windfall of savings we'd receive from a reduced military presence and rebuilding our own economy and taking better care of American citizens daily lives. Mr. Paul has shown himself to be in touch with that and deserves to be heard.

    November 21, 2011 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  9. Emilio Dumphuque

    The idea of forward basing and "fighting them over there" is a flawed one. Just ask the guys on the Bataan death march, or on Wake island in 1942. An enemy will always bring enough firepower to get the job done, and we'll lose our best, most professional soldiers right away.

    November 21, 2011 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  10. YoungLadyLib

    I agree with Congressman Paul. He is a bright, intelligent man and his thoughts on 9/11 are not limited to personal opinion. Many people agree with the idea that our foreign policy is not effective in establishing peace.

    November 21, 2011 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  11. Judge

    He's right for the most part.

    November 21, 2011 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  12. ofarrell

    The only part about the words "Freedom" and our "economy" that ring true in regards to Osama Bin Laden and Al Quaida is that they were hoping to topple both. Our reply to their invitation might just grant them their wish. Our strongest defense is a true National Defense where we put ALL our energy into securing our borders, protecting our citizens, securing our energy independence, securing our markets and securing our Liberty. If we can focus and do this -we will truly- win the war on terror.

    November 21, 2011 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  13. papafritz57

    I agree with his opinion on America getting into wars we shouldn't. But this last war was Cheney's and Bushes and the neocon's oil stocks. Everyone of them made a killing and look who is over in Iraq sucking at their oil teat, all of America's oil companies. I don't like his views on health care, women's right to choose, letting the budget die and thus letting us all down to the poverty pits without any compassion for any of us. I hate his views on Social Security and Medicare and he was heartless and ignorant about letting a poor man die in agony because he couldn't afford health insurance. I don't like the crowds who cheer him on when he champions getting rid of policies that help the poor. He will not win the Republikklan nomination because he has no billionaire donors like the Koch Brothers. The Republikkklans in this Congress at the most ignorant self-serving we have ever seen and they do not want a leader who can think on his feet. They want one they can manipulate and threaten with exile if they toe the teabagger line. Right now most rightwing supporters are willing to cut their noses off and vote for one of the cretins pimping themselves to the evangelical Jeebus because they like being controlled. The visceral hatred of President Obama is like nothing I've ever seen in my long lifetime. If Ron Paul weren't so mean spirited about the old, the poor, the downtrodden, I might like him more, but foreign policy opinons won't solve Americans major problem right now. Mr. Paul what have you proposed about jobs? We're waiting.

    November 21, 2011 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  14. AAAAANDRE

    For those who might vote for Ron Paul in the general election, you need to register Republican and vote for him in the primaries. You can switch back to whatever after and none of your lib friends will be the wiser. Obama has a lock on the Democratic side, so he won't miss your vote in the primaries. Wouldn't it be a gas to see Obama and Ron Paul in the debates! ;-)

    November 21, 2011 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  15. Matthew

    This wouldn't be controversial if CNN and other news organizations did their jod & informed the public. Dr. Paul is absolutely right. Unless you believe they hate us for our freedom.

    November 21, 2011 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  16. jorstyl

    I couldn't imagine what democrat in this country wouldn't vote for Ron Paul over Obama... Paul is pro-gay marriage, Obama is not (civil union proponent). Paul is pro-leaglization, Obama is not. Paul is anti-violence, Obama is not (NOTE: Bagram prison, 'Operation Fast and Furious', and his quadrupling of drone usage). Paul is anti-war, Obama is not (not only has Obama yet to completely remove the troops, he's stuck his nose in Libya).... Also in the midst of an occupy movement Obama BAILED OUT THE BANKS that knowingly destroyed the American economy out of pure greed, Ron Paul was vehemently against it. OH YEAH, almost forgot, Obama also renewed Bush's tax cuts... Ron Paul is more liberal than our "liberal" president... Oh the irony of it all

    November 21, 2011 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  17. B

    i am delightfully suprised to see so much Ron Paul support

    November 21, 2011 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  18. FreedomRules

    I love these comments! So many people are getting it (except for some people that would rather be sockpuppets and trolls spouting propaganda about Dr. Paul).

    Ron Paul is RIGHT and the troops donate more to him than anyone! If you don't know anything about him the wars that should tell you all you need to know.

    Democrats, Progressives, Independents and non-neocon Republicans are starting to hear Ron Paul's message which must cross the media barriers that have been trying to silence him for years. I know Dems and Independents alike that are voting for Paul and some even registered Republican just to vote in their state!

    November 21, 2011 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  19. Electric Eye

    .."the chickens came home to roost?"....... Rev Wright and Ron Paul were speaking the ugly truth.

    November 21, 2011 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  20. Scott brown

    Ron Paul has my vote. Telling the truth is controversial.

    November 21, 2011 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  21. Electric Eye

    If Chinese tanks patrolled you neighborhood for a decade,...would you fight back?..... Why is anyone surprised when free people fight their oppressors... Terrorism, Insurgency?....Sounds like the American Revolution .... Leave these foreign lands now.

    November 21, 2011 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  22. BeanerECMO

    I don't like the policy of (name any government), so I'm going to kill indiscriminantly as many people as I can in that country. Yeah, makes sense to me – not.

    November 21, 2011 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  23. Mr.Butters

    Why in the world is this controversial? It's no secret that many people viewed US foreign policy of 'policing the world'. Even citizens of US allies didn't like it. If you are going to be the only superpower you need to be careful how you use that power, it doesn't take much for people to start thinking you are avusing it.

    November 21, 2011 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  24. Sanjay

    Obama = Romney = Perry = Cain = Gingrich = different puppets, same federal reserve/bankster masters.

    Gingrich = endless wives, endless wars, freddie-mac 1.8 Million $, medical mandates, 3rd world amnesty/welfare, TARP/bailouts.

    Cain = Kansas Federal reserve thug, "libya swirling in my head", finger in panties, TARP/bailouts.

    Romney = commie medical care, racist quotas, bailouts, TARP, abortion, gun control, bloodthirsty war-lust, campaign funding by Banksters.

    Perry = Gardasil for little girls, free health/ education/house/food for 3rd world aliens, "niggerhead" on farm, "oops" in his brain, "bank-of-america helping him out".

    End the wars/empire, end the federal reserve/IMF/World Bank/BIS, end UN/WTO, end racist quotas, end unconstitutional departments, end TSA/DHS/ADL/SPLC and other crime syndicates.

    Ron Paul will restore Sound money, strong national defense, liberty, free enterprise, local government, strong traditional families, western civilization.

    November 21, 2011 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  25. indie-voice.com

    Wow, not sure the geniuses at CBS exactly have their finger on the pulse of the everyday American.

    These comments give me hope in the future.

    November 21, 2011 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
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