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. bg

    I don't see why his stance should be considered "controversial". He warned for years that our policies could incite hatred and violence toward us. If the lazy journalists would just go to youtube you can find him giving speeches about this in the 90's.

    November 20, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. Larry C Wilson

    Ron Paul gets little coverage from the Media, because they know that real reform threatens them as much as it does Republicans and Democrats

    November 20, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. diridi

    He is totally right, but these deeds are done by GOP idiots, and their foreign policies. No wonder Obama wants to troop withdrawal soon from Iraq and Afghanistan. He involved Libya in NATO. Listen, we should not and ought not believe Israel...period. Those crooks played enough drama with GOP so far...enough.

    November 20, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. piuq616

    We probably wouldn't need a Department of Homeland Security if the Department of Defense had stuck to DEFENSE.

    November 20, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. James Ruston

    Withdrawing from foreign commitments will save money, but it will not end the threat posed by Islamic terrorists. Indeed, intervention on behalf of the Arab peoples rebelling against their tyrannical governments is necessary to keep these protests from being taking over by the radical Islamists. Granted, the invasion of Iraq was a disastrous mistake, but total withdrawal is not the answer either.

    November 20, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Karlos

    Ron Paul got this one right, He should be given more attention in other issues as well.

    November 20, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Tillie in Texas

    Libertarianism may look great on paper but it doesn't work in actual practice. Even Ayn Rand collected government benefits when she needed them.

    November 20, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    Ron Paul is saying don’t elect republicans to the White house so I agree with him

    November 20, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. skarphace

    ThinkAgain: "When the Bush Administration was calling anyone who criticized it un-American and aiding the enemy, was Ron Paul speaking out? Or did he remain silent?"

    Do the research and you will find that Paul has been speaking out and voting against what he and others call our 'military industrial complex' for over 30 years. He spoke out and voted against the war in Iraq. However, one polititian can only do so much.

    As another example, Paul has never once voted in favor of a budget that was not ballanced, and he spoke out very loudly, warning about the economic collapse that happened under the Bush administration. His one voice was drowned out, however, by both the right and the left.

    Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with Paul.

    November 20, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. 450ppm

    Of course he is right. I was struck by the chief investigator in the movie The Baadar Meinhof Complex who stressed to his subordinates the same theme. They of course looked at him like he had two heads. But it is the same thing that motivated the Red Army Faction or RAF. Ton Paul is exactly correct. If we look at the Middle East and the nuclear weapons in Israel our strategy is to continually supply more weapons instead of trying to disarm. The obvious inevitable result is more business for our arms makers and more deaths and more retrtibutions. Isn't it about time we came to our senses?

    November 20, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Pete in San Diego

    How can you maintain a limited federal government as envisioned by the Constitution and simultaneously have an empire with 800+ military bases around the world? Isolationism is putting tariffs and closing borders to legal immigrants. That is not Ron Paul's position. Non-interventionism means not invading other nations without a specific purpose and a Declaration of War.

    People don't even know the difference between isolationism and non-interventionism, how do you expect this country to ever prosper again?

    Romney recently said "America is at War". Well, if that is the case, then why hasn't the US declared war? America is going down the path of the Roman Empire. A gridlocked and corrupt political system combined with out-of-control military industrial complex is a sure fire way to destroy America from within.

    And the best that Republicans can do is Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich? These are sad times.

    kuewa,
    Ron Paul is a Representative in the House, not a Senator in the Senate. You could call him a Congressman though.

    November 20, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. AmericanSam

    @kuewa He is not a Senator, but he has strongly advocated against government intervention in foreign countries for a long time. As the lone isolationist voice in Congress, he has not been able to do anything. One Representative can do very little. I am still voting for Obama, but it's important to listen to Ron Paul. He thinks for himself, and that's important.

    November 20, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Frank

    How could anyone come to a different conclusion? I hope there aren't people out there actually swallowing, "They hate us for our freedom".

    November 20, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. AlienShark

    I don't understand why this is controversial. I love America and I love living here, but the actions that our 'powers that be' have taken by murdering civilians and setting up dictatorships for natural resources (in the name of freedom) have made enemies for us around the world. But the American people rock man. We are the kindest people you can find anywhere, we will give you the shirt off our backs...and we are waking up to the injustices that are being committed.

    November 20, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Joseph

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that understands why there are threats against our nation and bases his decisions and ideas on credible intelligence. It's interesting that when he agrees with our own CIA and intelligence that reporters try to make a negative spin out of it. Ron Paul is not an isolationist, he believes in a strong national defense and free-trade which is the opposite of isolation.

    November 20, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. pkg

    He is right

    November 20, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. heliocracy

    All knee-jerk Republicans take note. This is exactly the claim that some Democrats have made over the years and you all labeled them the "blame America first" crowd. You need to take Paul's quite correct analysis and let it shine a light on your own ignorance and shallowness, and perhaps admit to yourselves that the world is a little more complicated than country-music protest songs and Tea Party blowhards make it out to be.

    November 20, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. ask why?

    I have never seen so many people agree on one post – America want her freedom back, and yes he is correct.

    November 20, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. harleydavidson

    Ron Paul is the only candidate so far without a bag nor a skeleton in the closet...he's a straight shooter...he tells it like it is even if you don't like it. He does not give his opinion based on polls unlike so many other politicians. The media does not like him because he does not represent their interests. The media thrives on controversy...Ron Paul has not given them any controversy. The big corporations do not like him because he does not allow lobbyists to influence him.

    He is good for America but Americans are not listening. They continue to be infatuated with good looks. Think about this. Have you ever been passed up for promotion because you are not good looking enough or BS enough? If so, you are just as fallible for going gaga over good looking candidates.

    November 20, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. ChuckB

    No nation wants a powers thousands of miles away interfering in the affiars of neighboring states, e.g., The Monroe Doctrine.

    November 20, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. j mann

    The only Republican I would vote for, right there. The man tells the truth, but the GOP sheeple are programmed to jerk their knees whenever someone questions what America does overseas. Since businessmen control our politicians, we are out there making sure their businesses can thrive in other parts of the world – at any cost to the local citizens and to morality. The history of this activity is long and shameful. The trail of bodies is long, the cost to America in the trillions of dollars and that is just from our most recent fiascoes. A Republican opposed to stupid wars? I love this guy!

    November 20, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. j mann

    Ron Paul is the only Republican I would vote for. Actually tells the truth without caring what votes it might cost him. Wish the GOP would run him – it won't.

    November 20, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. mk1

    Thinkagain, this has been his position for a very long time and yes, he has been a constant critic, it is just that nobody paid much attention to him before. His other positions are to blame for that.

    November 20, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. Jason

    Even as a liberal, I see he is at least headed in the right direction. When the soviets packed it in, so did the CIA. In our side of things that means we took the school resources, and medical resources. That definitely didnt make the afghans happy. So we caused our own misery, in hindsight. I just won't vote for the man because I need my SSD.

    November 20, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. Katie

    While I think this man is an extremist in his views of how to run this country, I agree with his viewpoint on 9/11. It's high time this country took some responsibility for fueling the terrorists' anger. It is NOT anti-American to say so, it is anti-American to insist everyone rubber stamp the government's propaganda.

    November 20, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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