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. M.A.

    Not wise to expect plate of cookies from neighbor if one goes over prior punches them in mouth and stomps in flower bed.

    November 21, 2011 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  2. Alex

    Ron Paul speaks the truth! Can't say the same about Obama nor the other GOP candidates. Isn't it time we ended these ridicolous wars and secure our borders with a strong national defense? There is a reason Ron Paul gets more donations from the military than all the other GOP candidates combined and more than Obama. The troops along with the American people are tired of these wars. Also ending these wars would be very good for the economy too besides what is said in this article.

    November 21, 2011 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  3. kebos

    Ron Paul is correct and if terrorism is ever to subside, the USA must change their foreign policy.

    November 21, 2011 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  4. kebos

    Terrorism = Jobs. That's how the USA sees it.

    November 21, 2011 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  5. Nick San Diegon

    The only ones who criticize Ron Paul and fear him are the AIPAC crowed and their followers.And why,?? Because they know, he'll not intervene in any country except those that DIRECTLY affect our National Security. Whcih means Israel, fight your own battles, we have lost too much American blood for you.

    November 21, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  6. kenexixox

    it's amazing to me that of all the candidates out there this guy is the only one who comes anywhere close to the constitutional definitions of how to run this nation and he's ridiculed for it! The R's and D's have enslaved the minds of millions who refuse to think for themselves. Ron Paul is the closest thing to a Libertarian in the field so he's by and large my best choice!

    November 21, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  7. Nate

    So basically what Rep. Paul is saying is that Al-Qaeda ought to be excused for their actions. Am I right?

    November 21, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  8. parker

    It seems the only people doubting Mr. Paul are Bushites or their media supporters. What most of them fail to exclude in their commentary is that 9/11 happened on W's watch. Ron Paul scares people because he makes too much sense, and doesn't do the bureacrat song and dance. This guy is all about common sense most of the time. The same can not be said of all the other puppets running for President.

    November 21, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  9. Gerry

    I wish I could vote for him but he's a republican. Too much of an isolationist too.

    November 21, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  10. Mike from Virginia

    During the Vietnam War period, we let loose more bombs on Cambodia than we did in all of WWII. This not only destroyed the farms and starved the people, it encouraged them to join the Khmer Rouge. When it captured Phnom Penh, the revenge was overwhelming and the first major genocide since WWII began. The US has to consider the consequences of its actions: if we beat on people, people will beat on us. If we torture others, they will torture us.

    November 21, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  11. Richard

    It's funny that he should say this now. Our policies like coddling our oil companies, so they can rape the natural resources of another country and not care how its peole are treated. If he has been saying this for years, why is he still a repuglican. He is like every other repuglican, when it serves his purpose he opens his mouth. RR gave Saddam weapons of mass destruction which he used on the Iranians and Kurds. RR or daddy Bush did not say a word. Then RR compinded that with giving missiles to the Iranians. Whatever serves their purpose. People should watch Day of the Condor and you can see what a true repuclican administration is all about.n

    November 21, 2011 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  12. Earnan

    The Paul koolaid-drinkers refuse to grasp two troublesome little facts:

    (1) The world runs on oil. Our economy-and the "global economy"-runs on oil. To pretend otherwise is beyond delusional. Sticking our heads in the "non-interventionist" sand is delusional.

    (2) The Islamists, al Qaeda foremost among them, do "hate us for our freedoms." More than anything else, they hate us for our freedom to reject Islam and Sharia law. Regurgitate all the propaganda you like, the fact remains that Islamists have murdered far more Muslims than the total of all casualties-civilian and military combined-in Iraq and Afghanistan. Well over 90% of the civilians killed in Afghanistan have been killed by the Taliban, just as the Islamist jihadis of the Armed Islamic Group and Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat murdered well over 150,000 people in Algeria.

    November 21, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  13. Dieter Zerressen

    Why is this so surprising and controversial? Of course some of what we do and what we've done fires up some folks in the middle east, duh. Its surprising to some because they believe all this American "exceptionalism" (we can do and never have done anything wrong) nonsense and then we're amazed when someone else in the world disagrees with us. Its called arrogance and lack of humility – never a nice thing in polite society. Yes, we've done great things in the world but lets acknowledge where we've backed dictators against their own people or undermined folks around the world for political and economic gain. THEN we can claim the high ground. Until then we better continue to watch our backs.

    November 21, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  14. Tiffany

    I agree with him on this this point but israel is calling the shots in the middle east. America is following israel command by sending troops and money to fund their take over of the middle east. So what is Paul suggestion to change 99% of his party mind on this?

    November 21, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  15. Cult of Personality

    I agree with Ron Paul; however, I would prefer to see someone like Jesse Ventura make a run for "Commander in Chief."

    November 21, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  16. Jake

    I'm a democrat, but I'd vote for Ron Paul!

    November 21, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  17. GOP=Make Believe

    Any candidate who praises Ayn Rand has no business being anywhere near the Oval Office, but he's right on the notion of US foreign policy contributing to 9/11. Anyone with more than a dozen firing synapses can figure that one out.

    November 21, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  18. lcrouse

    If Ron Paul would just claim what he independent, right leaning, Centrist. He would be a definite contender for the first Independent POTUS. He does have some very good plans and ideas for the way this country needs to operate. Not as a corporation or a Socialist state. I fully agree with his belief that the US has endangered itself and its citizens far to long. We need to stop the wars and pull all our troops out of every other country around the globe. Technology being what it is and what it can be tomorrow makes me believe that we can protect our country from right in our on backyard. You want better boarder and port security. Better and more security at strategic sites such as nuclear facilities. Put our Guardsmen to work as full time security. Along with their normal Guardsman's duties they would be guaranteed employment.

    November 21, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  19. MartinD28

    Ron Paul is in error on just about everything else and that's due to his arrogance and insanity. Just because his arrogance and insanity permits him to speak candidly about American foreign policy since WWII that does not make him one to be admired and he is certainly not one to vote for. That goes double for the so-called tea party advocates and their supporters.

    November 21, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  20. Ben

    Anyone who agrees with Ron Paul on this issue is an idiot. And judging by the comments above we have a lot of idiots. What did Denmark do to deserve having their embassy's bombed across the muslim world. Nothing! Yet they were targeted by Islamic Extremists. We have to stop this.

    I understand some people are angry and might not agree with American foreign policy. But to justify the attacks on 9/11 is a filthy insult to the victims and to America as a whole. Shame on you Ron Paul and shame on you people for agreeing with him.

    November 21, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    A lot of people have forgetten the video message released by the Taliban two weeks or so after 9/11 of Osama Bin Laden taking credit for the WTC attacks and stating the reason behind it. At the time his reasoning sounded bizarre to most Americans, but to the much of the muslim world it had a ring of truth.

    Bin Laden accused the US of "invading muslim countries and occupying them." He specifically cited Kuwait, Iraq and even Saudi Arabia. He cited all of the muslim countries who provided the US Air Force with safe harbor during Desert Storm. He cited the US involvment behind the long deposed Shah of Iran. Of course, he cited Israel in terms of occupying a muslim country. His rationale sounded like a spin on the facts to most Americans......that is until we invaded Iraq and proved him his point.

    November 21, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  22. Jeff

    It is so refreshing to see the American people using their own critical thinking and not accepting what both parties and the media would have us believe. Together, we can take our country back and there is no one better to lead us to peace and prosperity than Dr. Paul!

    November 21, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  23. Ron in Austin

    Dr. Paul has tried to show the United States that you don't have to sell your soul to the devil for the honor of serving your country.
    What I would like to see the press interview the so-called front runners on the economic policies that run the world. Dr Paul has been invited numerous times to discuss ecomonics, but you will never see Perry or Cain on CNBC.
    Dr Paul in 2012

    November 21, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  24. Don

    Paul has never been afraid to speak his own mind in his own voice. He will never get the GOP nod. If he truly had any guts, he'd run as an independent.

    November 21, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  25. yoshi

    He's 100% right. When I saw those planes hit our towers, the first thing I thought was, what would motivate someone to do this? To give up their lives? To kill innocent civilians? What was driving them? Because they did not like our way of life is a load of crap that the government and military industrial complex and lobbyists and Israeli lobbyists used to trick us into spending like crazy on wars. Yet when Ron Paul says this in the debates, all the other pols go crazy because they are FUNDED by lobbyists who want us to believe this crap. Bin Laden even SAID these were the reasons. What are we supposed to do, bury our heads in the sand and not believe the truth. Ron Paul is an American hero for speaking the truth.

    November 21, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
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