Ron Paul: ‘Flawed’ U.S. foreign policy led to 9/11
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) once again felt that U.S. foreign policy moves contributed to the events of 9/11 Sunday morning on CBS’ Face the Nation.
“I think there’s an influence,” Paul said. “That’s exactly what, you know, the 9/11 Commission said. That’s what the DOD (Department of Defense) has said. That’s what a lot of researchers have said. Just remember, immediately after 9/11, we removed the base from Saudi Arabia. So there is a connection.”
Paul also reiterated how U.S. actions overseas have led to antagonism towards the country internationally.
“You talk to the people who committed it and those individuals who would like to do us harm, they say, ‘Yes, we don’t like American bombs to be falling on our country,'” he said. “‘We don’t like the intervention that we do in their nations.’ So 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.”
When asked by host Bob Schieffer if he blamed America entirely for 9/11, Paul replied, “That’s a misconstruing of what I’m saying. America is you and I. We didn’t cause it. The average American didn’t cause it. [But] if you have a flawed policy, it may influence it.”
WATCH: Video from CBS News, which was broadcast on November 20, 2011.