On the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, I chastised Kentucky Senator Rand Paul for his chummy relationship with 9/11 conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Well, his father former GOP Congressman Ron Paul can always be relied upon to say something stupid where it concerns the attacks of September 11, 2001.
On pere Paul’s Facebook page, there is a picture of an American flag at half mast with the caption “Never Forget. September 11, 2001.” It would have been nice if Paul had left it at that, but this is Ron Paul we’re talking about:
We’re supposed to believe that the perpretrators of 9/11 hated us for our freedom and goodness. In fact, the crime was blowback for decades of US intervention in the Middle East. And the last thing we needed was the government’s response: more wars, a stepped-up police and surveillance state, and drones.
If the last thing we needed was more wars then why did Paul vote in favor of authorizing military intervention in Afghanistan?
It’s not the first time Paul has made statements like this concerning the September 11th attacks. Indeed, Paul was loudly booed for making a similar statement two years ago during the GOP debate sponsored by the Tea Party Express:
Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda have been explicit. They have been explicit and they wrote and said that we attacked America because you had bases on our Holy Land in Saudi Arabia, you did not give Palestinians fair treatment and you have been bombing….(jeering) I didn’t say that. I’m trying to get you to understand what the motive was behind the bombing. At the same time, we have been bombing and killing hundreds of thousands of Iraqis for ten years. Would you be annoyed? If you’re not annoyed then there’s some problem.
Aside from letting al-Qaeda dictating our foreign policy, Paul is basically telling us that there is no difference between Mohammed Atta and the 18 9/11 hijackers and the 3rd Infantry Division. It is a contemptible position for a Congressman to take, present or past.
Now the opinions of a former Congressman might not mean much in the grand scheme of things, but if that former Congressman becomes the father of a future U.S. President then that is something else altogether. Surely he would have considerable influence. The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree. We could very well go from having a President who apologizes for America to having a President who is an apologist for al-Qaeda.