Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, contending that U.S. foreign policy contributed to the 9/11 terror attacks, also criticized what he described as an “old-fashioned” concept of having military presence on foreign lands and said those bases need to close.
“This whole idea that we have to be in 130 countries and 900 bases . . . is an old-fashioned idea,” the Texas congressman said on “Face the Nation” on CBS today. “It makes no sense at all. Besides, we’re bankrupt. We can’t afford it any longer.”
Bringing troops home not only would save military costs but also would help the economy because those returning to the United States would spend money domestically and help the economy, Paul said.
“It would save us a lot of money,” he said. “Besides, those troops overseas aggravate our enemies, motivate our enemies. I think it’s a danger to our national defense.”
Diplomacy should take precedence over military tactics, Paul said.
“We have 12,000 diplomats,” he said. “I’m suggesting that, maybe, we ought to use some of them,” Paul said. “Just think of how we prevented a nuclear war with the Soviets when the Soviet missiles were in Cuba. We didn’t say, ‘We’re going to attack you.’ Kennedy and Khrushchev talked and made a deal.”
On the same program, Paul also said he opposes Iranian sanctions and believes that U.S. foreign policies influenced the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to Politico.
“Just remember, immediately after 9/11, we removed the base from Saudi Arabia,” Paul told host Bob Schieffer. “So, there is a connection. That doesn’t do the whole, full explanation, but our policies definitely had an influence.
“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,’ ” Paul said. “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.”
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