Woods, you quote Ron Paul as saying 911 was an inside job. I would really like to see that full quotation in context, because every answer I can find to that question Ron Paul consistently says he does not think that 911 was an inside job/conspiracy of the Fed government. In fact to the direct question, "No bloviating, do you believe that the 911 attack on the world trade center was an inside job?" Paul answered "The answer is no, if by inside job they mean our Government made it happen, no I don't believe that." In another interview he was asked, "Do you think the American government, the US Government, had anything to do with bringing those towers down, either directly or allowing it to happen?" Ron Paul answered, "I think indirectly out of ineptness rather than participating in it or allowing it to happen."
What he has stated over and over is that 911 is essentially the result of Newtons law "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction". Paul uses the term "blow back" to describe what he says is the reaction to flawed foreign policy. Paul's position is that our occupation is a factor in the aggression we see from those who's land we are occupying.
As for Bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki, and terrorist in general, not only was Ron Paul not opposed to killing them, he was out front on the issue and introduced legislation in accordance with constitutional powers to allow it. Just a month after the 911 attacks, on October 10, 2001 Ron Paul introduced HR 3076, stating...
"(a) The President of the United States is authorized and requested to commission, under officially issued letters of marque and reprisal, so many of privately armed and equipped persons and entities as, in his judgment, the service may require, with suitable instructions to the leaders thereof, to employ all means reasonably necessary to seize outside the geographic boundaries of the United States and its territories the person and property of Osama bin Laden, of any al Qaeda co-conspirator, and of any conspirator with Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda who are responsible for the air piratical aggressions and depredations perpetrated upon the United States of America on September 11, 2001, and for any planned future air piratical aggressions and depredations or other acts of war upon the United States of America and her people.
(b) The President of the United States is authorized to place a money bounty, drawn in his discretion from the $40,000,000,000 appropriated on September 14, 2001, in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Recovery from and Response to Terrorists Attacks on the United States or from private sources, for the capture, alive or dead, of Osama bin Laden or any other al Qaeda conspirator responsible for the act of air piracy upon the United States on September 11, 2001, under the authority of any letter of marque or reprisal issued under this Act."
Unfortunately, one of the biggest reasons Ron Paul doesn't get any more traction than he does is due to the constant dissemination of misinformation about his positions, such as I've seen in this thread. It's my belief this comes mostly from a lack in understanding of our constitution in today's society. Most people today react to problems through emotion. Ron Paul weighs every situation against the powers and limitations of the United States Constitution. He's not opposed to going after our enemies, be them terrorists or nations, he simply wants it done in accordance with the laws of our land.
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