Ron Paul: 9/11 prompted "glee" in Bush administration

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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said Thursday evening that Bush administration officials were gleeful after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks because it gave them a pretext to invade Iraq.

"Just think of what happened after 9/11. Immediately before there was any assessment there was glee in the administration because now we can invade Iraq," the Texas Republican told a group of mostly young backers in Iowa. He went on to suggest officials are now setting the stage for an invasion of Iran.

Paul, who was tied for second in this week's CBS News/New York Times poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers, is making a strong push in the Hawkeye state in hopes of scoring an upset victory in the first-in-the-nation January 3 caucuses. Paul volunteers have been working to convince Paul's mostly young supporters - many of whom will be on holiday break from college when the caucuses take place - to be sure to make it to their caucus site.

Paul's libertarian views - on the foreign policy front, he wants to dramatically reduce the U.S. military presence abroad and end all foreign aid - put him at odds with many Republican voters. A poll from Gallup this week found that 62 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning independent voters see Paul as an unacceptable nominee.

But if no candidate can consolidate support in Iowa, Paul could emerge victorious in the caucuses even if he gets less than 30 percent support. Paul's supporters tend to be more passionate about their candidate than the backers of many of his rivals, which could give him an advantage if bad weather discourages less-motivated Iowans from getting to their caucus site on January 3.

In response to Paul's comments Thursday evening, former Bush administration spokesman Ari Fleisher Tweeted: "The man is nuts."

On "Face the Nation" last month, Paul said that while the average American didn't cause the Sept. 11 attacks, " if you have a flawed policy it may influence it."

"I think there's an influence and that's exactly what the 9/11 commission said that's what the DOD has said and that's also what the CIA has said and that's what a lot of researchers have said," said Paul. "...our policies definitely had an influence and 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 and we don't like the intervention that we do in their nation 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 is very dangerous notion because it's not true."

He added: "So I'm saying policies have an effect but that's a far cry from blaming America. I mean in America, you're supposed to be able to criticize your own government without saying you're un-American."

Ron Paul: “The PATRIOT Act Was Written Many, Many Years Before 9/11 [And The Attacks Simply Provided] An Opportunity for Some People To Do What They Wanted To Do”

“I think extremists have taken over,” the candidate told a crowd of more than 1,000 on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. “They’re the ones that run the foreign policy and that convinced us as a country to go along with all these wars.”

Ron Paul, one of only 2 House Republicans to vote nay on the NDAA

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for posting this and all your effort to keep this site alive.



9/11 platform

Seems it would be worthwhile for Ron Paul to start promoting a new/real investigation, to start encouraging open discussion about one of the elephants


"The events of September 11, 2001...opened vast, new opportunities.”
National Security Strategy of 2002

"In terms of foreign policy and in terms of the world, this horrible tragedy has provided us with an interesting opportunity. One of the opportunities is in the Middle East."
President George W. Bush

"...that maybe out of this tragedy comes opportunity? Maybe… the world will sufficiently register the danger that exists on the globe and have this event cause the kind of sense of urgency and offer the kind of opportunities that World War II offered, to refashion much of the world."
Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld.

Here’s who helped write the Patriot Act as far as I can tell:

Joe Biden himself draws parallels between his 1995 bill and its 2001 cousin. “I drafted a terrorism bill after the Oklahoma City bombing. And the bill John Ashcroft sent up was my bill,” he said when the Patriot Act was being debated, according to the New Republic, which described him as “the Democratic Party’s de facto spokesman on the war against terrorism.”

Funny because it was actually written before the OKC Bombing.
OKC bombing: April 19, 1995.
Bill submitted: Feb. 10, 1995.

Seems to be based off of some of this as well:

Waking up America

Thank you so much, Orangutan, for your tireless, continual efforts to wake up the people to the real risks in our country. Our basic freedoms are seriously eroding and so few are paying attention. Your articles are a great education. As for what God would say: For those who have ears, let them hear!

From "End The Fed"

I am currently reading his brilliant book "End The Fed". On page 120 he states his thoughts quite clearly:

"Some of our political allies charge that the powerful elites who run things and are found repeatedly in the Fed, the Treasury, and the presidency, plan and purposely cause certain events like 9/11 and our current financial crisis. I don't believe that. But I do believe that many members of the elite make the best they can out of certain events because they facilitate their efforts to achieve their goals. Rahm Emanuel, Obama's chief of staff, said recently: "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste". Obama concurred with Emanuel's assessment"

From the standpoint of someone who does believe 9/11 was an inside job, but at the same time also supports R.P., this has been a somewhat difficult position to be in and I know many others here deal with this too. However I have come to the realization that it is not a difficult position after all since R.P. would probably be most open to a new investigation out of all the major candidates and has public said so, even though he often says the result of any investigation would probably reveal the "government ineptness" rather than more damning information.

Just thought the above book quote might interest people. You always put your most accurate information in writing because you have the most time to think about it.

Go Ron Paul 2012!