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. Charles W. Skinner

    Ron Paul is a loony-tune, but even a broken clock can be right twice a day.

    It WAS certain policies that lead to the 9/11 attacks. Specifically the "wall of separation" between CIA and FBI created by Jamie Gorelick which prevented sharing of intelligence gathered "out of nation" with intelligence gathered "in nation." Further, the Clinton Administrations CHOICE to treat TERRORISM as a LAW ENFORCEMENT matter showed Terrorists that the US was an easy target, because the resources would not be brought to bear to combat terrorist actions.

    November 21, 2011 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  2. Banksters or RON PAUL?

    This interview was a complete ambush. Not only did Paul have consistent loud interference in his earpiece, they cut him off and ended the interview 10 mins before schedule. The corporate controlled media DO NOT want you to know about this man – which is the best reason to find out who he really is. I hope Americans aren't too stupid NOT to elect Ron Paul. I keep reading comments with people making excuses as to why they can't vote for him. But what you are really saying is you are prepared to miss the once in generational opportunity to elect a strict constitutionalists who understands economics and is a exceptional historian. It astounds me people want to vote in bankster owned politicians who would say ANYTHING to be elected instead of a statesman who has never been bought. Paul is the president you'll wish you had when the US dollar completely crashes and the supranational elites start picking at the bones of the former powerhouse of the world.

    November 21, 2011 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  3. caeser

    The truth hurts,but you can't hide from what the rest of the world saw you do.

    November 21, 2011 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  4. Charles

    When selecting a President I should do it like every other choice. First I define the function I want performed, which is not the leader of the free world, but moreover someone to be the chief executive of the Federal Government. Then I identify the candidate that best satisfies my requirements for that function. Following the Constitution as my guide, Ron Paul becomes the best choice. This is not a beauty contest. So why do so many people turn the matter into a beauty contest? Because maybe they are too shallow to do anything else. So how do I segregate myself from those people so they can make and live with their choices and I with mine?

    November 21, 2011 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  5. Taylor

    "Truth is Treason in the empire of lies". – Ron Paul

    November 21, 2011 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  6. Historian

    I don't agree with Ron Paul on much but on this he's got it right.

    November 21, 2011 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  7. Peter_stanley

    What a shame americans dont elect the person ,who speaks the truth but the winner is as usual a WAR monger,a liar and corrupt

    November 21, 2011 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  8. Peter_stanley

    America cant rid of wars unless it elects a truth speaking person like RON PAUL

    November 21, 2011 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  9. Shane

    Please americans,wake up .Elect this honest ,truth speaking person (RON PAUL),until it gets too late
    Please!

    November 21, 2011 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
  10. Blake

    This is not controversial at all. If the attack had nothing to do with our policies they would have attacked someone else. Durrr.

    November 21, 2011 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  11. Please Grow Up

    The U.S.policy is responsible for the 9-11 terror attack? I suppose a woman who dresses provocatively is responsible for the rape attempt. Is a person leaving the bank with money to pay his rent is responsible for the robbery?

    November 21, 2011 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  12. False Left Right Paradigm

    This is simply astounding! I have hope for this country now seeing all of the positive comments for Ron Paul.

    I still however am disappointed by how you frame his comments so you can be pro democrat and anti republican, when you should be against BOTH!. But, this is a really good start. I hope you all continue your progress of waking up to the fact that BOTH dems and reps are crooks (except Paul and Kucinich, possibly a few others).

    Also, as far as I understand, the tea party started out in 2007 as a Ron Paul protest against the Fed.

    November 21, 2011 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  13. mjbrin

    “You're supposed to be able to criticize your own government without saying you're un-American.”
    this always amazes me......when a Dem is in Office it is patriotic....but when a Rep is in office it is unpatriotic....

    November 21, 2011 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  14. Bernard Webb

    Why is it so breathtakingly radical to claim that 9/11 happened for a reason beyond the inane "they hate us for our freedom" line spouted by right-wingers? I don't get it.

    November 21, 2011 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  15. Marie MD

    Another thing about other countries and how much they hate the US. Next time there's an earthquake, tsunami, hurricane or any other national or man made disaster don't come running to the US for money and help.
    I stopped giving (except for Haiti) to countries or people outside the US after the tsunami when we were told to leave by March of 2007. I would have pulled up the the help right then and there. Let them eat cake!

    November 21, 2011 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  16. Marti58

    Since this man was a doctor – does he have anything to say about the worst health care system in the world?? Which is ours??
    And there is no excuse for 9/11. Thanks

    November 21, 2011 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  17. Aaron

    he's a congressman not a senator

    November 21, 2011 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  18. Beatrix Kiddo

    “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”

    Gee, who said the 9/11 attackers hated us because they hate freedom? I remember! It was George W. Bush!

    November 21, 2011 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  19. Laura

    Ron Paul is just way too logical to get the Republican nomination. The Republican party doesn't get it. They could win if they nominate him, as there are enough Democrats unhappy who will switch sides for somebody like Paul who is honest and true to his beliefs (and doesn't claim he was sent from God......)

    And yes, there is a huge difference between "isolationist" and "non-interventionist".

    I personally will vote for Obama unless Paul is the opposing candidate.

    November 21, 2011 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  20. Angelo S.

    (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.

    “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.”

    Kevin Liptak....
    How could it be considered "controversial" if our most respected government agencies are the source of the information Ron Paul is relying on?

    You know what's controversial?
    What's controversial is the stunning stupidity of the reaction of the mindless idiots in the media and in the general population of this country.
    That's what's controversial.

    Is it controversial to believe that if Communist China was over here droning our population centers hunting down 'terrorists' who wronged them, killing hundreds of innocent bystanders with drone missles, we would not retaliate?

    Americans are very slowly beginning to think for themselves and seeing that the so-called news media just mindlessly parrots what the corporatists are feeding them.

    The controvery is not between Ron Paul and Americans. The controversy is between the intelligence agencies that we taxpayers spend $160 billion a year on versus the corporatist controlled media and politicians who have a lot of military/industrial complex money at stake.

    Now THAT'S CONTROVERSIAL!

    November 21, 2011 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  21. John W

    Don't know that I'm a huge Ron Paul fan, but I really believe he's one of the few, maybe the only contender with an ounce of integrity

    November 21, 2011 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  22. Bill

    We can't bring our troops home because if we do, they have very little to do. The cries for the shrinking military (and saving money) will grow. The floods of unemployed ex-military troops hit the market. Unemployment rates go crazy, Presidents get tossed, etc. Having troops all over the world is a result of big government's way of dealing with no jobs at home. Give people jobs in the military then create crisis all over to justify it. We aren't job creators anymore. No politician can solve that in 4 years so, the just punt. I say bring them home and let's deal with America and our issues.

    November 21, 2011 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  23. Ancient Brit

    I disagree with Ron Paul on just about every issue I can think of, except one: this one. I believe that he is absolutely right – that the terrorist attacks were not conjured up out of the blue on a whim, but were a planned response to American policies overseas.

    That doesn't make any kind of judgment on what those policies are or should be; it's just a statement of cause and effect.

    November 21, 2011 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  24. JJ

    Everyone knows this is true, but too many people want to hide it under the rug. This is very simple: action vs reaction. To suggest that all the things that led to and have happened since 9/11 come out of the blue because of idiotic reasons like "they don't like our way of life" is as pathetic as this country's education system, which in its vast majority produces mediocre chumps with the IQ of a rattle who believe that.

    November 21, 2011 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  25. Mike

    Once again, Ron Paul is spot on. You don't see countries like Canada and Sweden getting attacked. Just countries that get involved in situations they don't belong in, like the USA and England. Good job Ron Paul for telling the truth, no matter how hard it is for others to hear, especially angry old men.

    November 21, 2011 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
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