Ron Paul posted a message on Facebook today calling the September 11 terrorist attacks “blowback for decades of US intervention in the Middle East.”
“We’re supposed to believe that the perpetrators of 9/11 hated us for our freedom and goodness,” Paul wrote on the 12th anniversary of the attacks. “In fact, that crime was blowback for decades of US intervention in the Middle East. And the last thing we needed was the government’s response: more wars, a stepped-up police and surveillance state, and drones.”
Attached to the post was a picture of an American flag at half mast with the words “Never Forget. September 11, 2001.” The post had more than 21,000 “likes” several hours after it went up.
Paul is well known for his libertarian ideology and opposition to U.S. military action abroad. He said last week that it would be “historic” if Congress voted against President Obama’s plan for military strikes in Syria. His son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, has been one of the most vocal opponents to U.S. action in Syria following the regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons.
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