In the debate, Rudolph Giuliani claims that Ron Paul says our attacking Iraq "invited" al Qaeda to attack us. This is a very simplistic statement and distorts the context of Rep. Paul's statement. The Iraq anecdote is simply symptomatic of the entire problem created by America's foreign policy in the Middle East for the past several decades.
Here's a nutshell of what Ron Paul actually said:
- The Republican party has always been the party of non-entangling alliances.
- Politics in the Middle East is for us very irrational, and to go to war carelessly is a travesty, because it ensures that wars continue nearly endlessly.
- Our intervention over the past several decades in the Middle East has been a factor in their animosity toward us and their declaration of war against us.
- Bin Laden and Al Qaeda are glad that our troops are in the Middle East, because it makes us easier targets.
Click below to hear the interchange between candidates and the debate hosts on this issue.
Update: Just after posting this article, I found the following interaction between Ron Paul and CNN's Wolf Blitzer, in which he states essentially my main point about the context of the Iraq comments. Hat Tip to "WakeUpFromYourSlumber".
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