believes that the
Ron Paul never blamed any victim for the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. Ron Paul only believes what our own intelligence has said, and what the terrorists themselves have said, that the terroristsí aggression against the United States is contributed by our intervention in the Middle East, and that rethinking our foreign policy is essential in remaining vigilant in protecting ourselves.
This attack comes from remarks made by Dr. Paul,
and a resulting exchange between him and former
(WENDELL GOLER): Congressman
Paul, I believe you are the only man on the stage who opposes the war in
PAUL: Well I think the
party has lost its way, because the conservative wing of the Republican Party
always advocated a non-interventionist foreign policy. Senator Robert Taft
didn't even want to be in NATO. George Bush won the election in the year 2000
campaigning on a humble foreign policy. No nation building. No policing of
the world. Republicans were elected to end the Korean War. The Republicans
were elected to end the Vietnam War. There's a strong tradition of being
anti-war, in the Republican Party. It is the constitutional position. It is
the advice of the founders to follow a non-interventionist foreign policy.
Stay out of entangling alliances. Be friends with countries. Negotiate and
talk with them and trade with them. Just think of the tremendous improvement
of relationships with
MODERATOR: Congressman. You don't think that changed with the 9/11 attacks sir?
RON PAUL: What changed?
MODERATOR: The non-interventionist policies.
PAUL: No. Non-intervention
was a major contributing factor. Have you ever read about the reasons they
attacked us? They attack us because we've been over there. We've been bombing
MODERATOR: Are you suggesting we invited the 9/11 attacks, sir?
RON PAUL: I'm suggesting that we listen to the people who attacked us, and the reason they did it and they are delighted that we're over there, because Osama bin Laden has said "I am glad you're over on our sand, because we can target you so much easier." They have already now since that time have killed 34 hundred of our men, and I don't think it was necessary.
can I make a comment on that? Can I make a comment on that? That's really an
extraordinary statement. That's an extraordinary statement as someone who
lived through the attack of September 11th. That we invited the attack,
because we were attacking
GIULIANI: And I would ask the congressman to withdraw that comment and tell us that he didn't really mean that.
PAUL: I believe very
sincerely, that the C.I.A. is correct when they teach, and talk about
"blowback". When we went into
They don't come over here to attack us, because we're rich and we're free. They come and they attack us because we're over there. I mean what would we think if we -- if other foreign countries were doing that to us?
RUDOLF GIULIANI: (interrupting) Can I have 30 seconds, please?
MITT ROMNEY: No, no, no. Wait a second. Then we all get 30 seconds.
(arguing among the candidates)
Congressman Paul's words were immediately spun by Fox News (and consequently other news networks) that Ron Paul was blaming the 9/11 victims for the attacks, which is absurd. Ron Paul later stated that this would be analogous to an investigator arriving at the scene of a murder, and, after discovering the motive for why the victim was killed, be said to be blaming the victim for being killed.
Ron Paul never once said that he agrees with the high-jacker's reasons for doing what they did, and instead of course detests their actions. He however is simply stating why they did what they did. President George W. Bush, former mayor Rudolf Giuliani, and others who support the "War on Terror", have proclaimed that the reason we are targeted by Al Quaeda and terrorists is because of our freedoms; specifically our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, and our granting equal rights to women. While it is true that these rights are not found in many Islamic nations. Or not to the degree that they are found here, it is well documented that this is NOT the motivation behind terrorist actions. Rather, as stated by Dr. Paul, it is because of our interventionist foreign policy. Dr. Paul's words are backed by both The 9/11 Commission Report and by the words of several people well credentialed in intelligence, such as Michael Scheur (former chief of the CIAís bin Laden unit), Philip Giraldi (former CIA counter-terrorism officer), and Ray McGovern (retired CIA officer). Here's what McGovern says about Ron Paul's comments:
Iím really edified by Ron Paul stepping up
and stating what he believes to be the case. If you believe that they hate us
for our democracy or for our freedoms, well Iíve got a bridge in
Here is a video featuring an excerpt from a documentary produced and broadcast in 1987 on PBS. It explains the events leading up to the Iranian hostage crisis. Again, it was blowback.
In response to Giuliani's interrupting Ron Paul and his comments, Dr. Paul responded, in a press conference, by launching a policy book club, "Educating Rudy", specifically "giving Mr. Giuliani a reading assignment" of books that back up his comments about blowback in the debate. Here are the books cited:
The 9/11 Commission Report by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks
Blowback by Chalmers Johnson
Dying To Win by Robert Pape
Imperial Hubris by Michael Scheuer