There’s a reason the truthers love this guy.
(The Hill) — The U.S. hasn’t learned much in the 10 years since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) argued Tuesday.
Paul, the libertarian-minded Republican presidential candidate, voiced criticism of U.S. foreign policy just days before the tenth anniversary of the coordinated terrorist attacks that resulted in almost 3,000 deaths.
“I don’t think we’ve learned a whole lot because our foreign policy hasn’t changed,” Paul told a guest host on Lou Dobbs’s radio show.
Paul’s long been a critic of U.S. foreign policy, particularly the military engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq undertaken in the years following the attacks. Republican President George W. Bush initiated those wars, which have extended into President Obama’s term. Obama has sought to set timetables for withdrawal from moth engagements.
He cited the work of two University of Chicago professors, Robert Pape and James Feldman, who produced research arguing that U.S. occupation of foreign lands are the biggest driver of terrorist attacks (rather than religious extremism).
“The statistics are overwhelming that this is the case,” the Texas congressman argued. “They also show that when you leave, suicide and terrorist attacks against us are dramatically diminished.”