CNN: Giuliani to Paul: ‘Take 9/11 Comment Back’

From today:

Giuliani to Paul: ‘Take back’ 9/11 comments
WASHINGTON (CNN)—Why did terrorists attack the U.S. on 9/11?

According to Texas Congressman Ron Paul, “They attack us because we’ve been over there. We’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years. We’ve been in the Middle East.”

Restrained, but clearly angry, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani jumped in, calling Paul’s statement “extraordinary.”

“As someone who lived through the attack of September 11—that we invited the attack because we were attacking Iraq—I don’t think I’ve ever heard that before, and I’ve heard some pretty absurd explanations for September 11th,” he said.

Giuliani’s fiery response prompted applause and the following demand from the former mayor: “I would ask the congressman to withdraw that comment and tell us that he didn’t really mean that.”

In response, Paul stood by his comments and said that “if we think that we can do what we want around the world and not incite hatred, then we have a problem … They come and they attack us because we’re over there.”
CNN Senior Producer Alex Wellen

17 Responses to “CNN: Giuliani to Paul: ‘Take 9/11 Comment Back’”

  1. Gene Berkman Says:

    Congressman Ron Paul showed real courage, making the case for non-interventionist foreign policy in a room full of Southern Republicans. While Giuliani, Hannity, and even Tom Tancredo insisted on saying that Ron Paul blamed America for the 9/11 attacks, the true case is more complex.

    Yes, there are crazy people who hate America and want to kill Americans. But they would get little support from their countries if America were not seen as a bully that willfully kills people to advance American interests in the Middle East.

    If America stops antagonizing people in the Middle East, the extremists will no longer get the support they need to make their attacks on us. When is the last time a Vietnamese Communist attacked America?

  2. Jackcjackson Says:

    Giuliani has been making quite a killing off his connection to 9/11. It’s time for him to find something else to do.

  3. Trent Hill Says:

    I was dissapointed with Tancredo. He took a cheapshot against a good friend and a real political ally—to try and raise in the polls. Bastard. He needs to drop out and lend his endorsement to Paul.

  4. sam i am Says:

    faux news bites.

  5. Carl Says:

    I am coming to the conclusion that Republican=Stupid. It is perfectly appropriate to quote an enemy on the subject of why the enemy opted to attack. DUH!

    Know thy enemy is military science 101.

    Guliani has declared himself incompetant to be Commander in Chief.

  6. Timothy West Says:

    I would have countered with asking the Mayor if he would have supported the forcible taking of property and internment in concentration camps of Japanese Americans in WW2.

  7. Tom Bryant Says:

    I would have asked the Mayor why, if he cares so much about national security, would he not read the 9/11 investigation report and why he would not listen to the CIA concerning the middle east?

    If Ron Paul gets a chance to debate again, I’d love to see him take Rudy down hard on this issue.

  8. Anthony Distler Says:

    I’m not a huge Ron Paul fan, like most people on this site are. However, he has a point. It’s a point, however, that the Republican Party could never understand because Republicans believe that, no matter what we do in the world, we are right.

    Paul shouldn’t have set himself up like that, though. He was in the middle of a conservative debate with a real conservative audience (they cheered Mitt Romney’s “double Gitmo” and Giuliani’s “use any means necessairy” while not giving McCain much credit for “torture doesn’t work.) He may have been 100% correct, but he helped Giuliani look like a tough hero.

  9. Yosemite1967 Says:

    The way that these cackling hens are trying to make Ron’s statements appear anti-American is just a political warfare tactic. They know that they’re intentionally mischaracterizing his statements, but they don’t care. In their minds, this kind of dishonest tactic is political savvy. Whenever the globalists see some real opposition raise its head, they try to shout it down with false accusations based on half-truth, just like they did with Joe McCarthy. So typical, ad nauseum.

  10. Timothy West Says:

    McCarthy was a scumbag. The Cheney of his time.

    The MIC and the RP cannot last for long without an enemy to fight.
    Communism = Terrorism. America must always have an enemy for the RP to use as a bogeyman and the MIC needs one to profit from war. Together, they make a great combo. The Republician party is nothing more than the Military-Industrial-Complex’s political wing.

  11. Michael Says:

    History has proven McCarthy was right. That is why they still hate him.

  12. Kris Overstreet Says:

    Er… history has proven McCarthy to be a shameless liar who destroyed the lives of the innocent and the freedom of all the people in a grab for personal power. What part of that is right?

  13. Anthony Distler Says:

    Sure, destroying people’s careers and lives because they are sepected Communists was right. A huh. I believe that.

    I would also vote for Dick Cheney for President.

  14. Matt Sterba Says:

    On CNN, Ron Paul says that Giuliani should be the one who takes back what he said and that “he’s hiding behind patriotism”

  15. Ghoststrider Says:

    Hey, Giuliani, you’re a moron. I just thought you’d like to know that.

  16. globalist_elitist Says:

    Check this out from—-
    And speaking of former NYC Mayor Ed Koch (D), he told the New York Post he will campaign around the nation next year bashing his old rival Rudy Giuliani®. “If I had to sum it up in a few minutes I would say he’s a control freak—and the control is over your life,” says Koch. In 2004, Koch crossed party lines in the general election to campaign in support of President Bush before Jewish groups in key swing states. Koch said he plans to hit the campaign trail after Giuliani captures the GOP nomination.—-

    So a Bush Democrat who held Giuliani’s office a term before him is going to be going on the offensive against Giuliani’s “control freak” tendencies. A BUSH DEMOCRAT thinks he’s too much of a control freak. That’s pretty bad.

  17. Alice_sm Says:

    Buenos dias!
    Check this out!

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