Rep. Ron Paul, however, is quick to emphasize that he is not placing blame on America.
Rep. Ron Paul has said what many honest, reasonable people have long understood, or come to terms with in the years since 9/11: U.S. foreign policy in part led to the causes of 9/11.
In a CBS “Face the Nation” interview, Paul stated that U.S. policies “have an effect” on American perception abroad.
“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. We don’t like the intervention that we do in their nations.’ 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.”
Paul elaborated when Schieffer miscontrued his words. “America is you and I… We didn’t cause it. The average American didn’t cause it. [But] if you have a flawed policy, it may influence it.”
One might not agree with everything Ron Paul argues for—such as a return to the gold standard, or allowing private banks to control the student loan racket, or that deregulated capitalism is to be desired—and one doesn’t even have to feel compelled to vote for the man, but on this particular issue, Paul’s analysis is crystalline and his will to state the truth quite admirable.
How many other politicians are willing to admit this truth?