Giuliani proves he lacks depth and character
May 18, 2007 –
Why hasn’t Rudy Giuliani read the 9/11 Commission Report? That is
the title of the press release issued by the Ron Paul campaign on May 16, 2007 in response to the misinformed posturing for applause and shallow
inability of Rudy Giuliani to participate in a meaningful, intellectual discussion regarding why the United States
was attacked on September 11, 2001.
The hoopla started
at the second Republican presidential candidate debate held on May 15, 2007 in Columbia, SC when Fox Correspondent Wendell
Goler asked Ron Paul a question that evolved into the following exchange.
Paul, I believe you are the only man on the stage who opposes the war in Iraq, who would bring the troops home as quickly
as – almost immediately, sir.
Are you out
of step with your party? Is your party out of step with the rest of the world? If either of those is the case, why are you seeking the nomination?
PAUL: Well, I think the party has lost its way, because the conservative wing of
the Republican Party always advocated a non-interventionist foreign policy. Senator
Robert Taft didn’t even want to be in NATO. George Bush won the election
in the year 2000 campaigning on a humble foreign policy – no nation-building, no policing of the world.
were elected to end the Korean War. The Republicans were elected to end the Vietnam
War. There’s a strong tradition of being anti-war in the Republican Party. It is the constitutional position. It
is the advice of the founders to follow a non-interventionist foreign policy.
of entangling alliances. Be friends with counties. Negotiate and talk with them and trade with them.
of the tremendous improvement in the relationship with Vietnam. We lost 60,000
men. We came home in defeat. Now,
we go over there and invest in Vietnam. So there’s a lot of merit to the
advice of the founders and following the Constitution.
And my argument
is that we shouldn’t go to war so carelessly. When we do, the wars don’t
you don’t think that changed with the 9/11 attacks, sir?
non-intervention [sic] was a major contributing factor. Have you ever read about
the reasons they attacked us? They attack us because we’ve been over there. We’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years.
We’ve been in the Middle East – I think Reagan was right.
understand the irrationality of Middle Eastern politics. So, right now, we’re
building an embassy in Iraq that’s bigger than the Vatican. We’re
building 14 permanent bases.
we say here if China was doing this in our country or in the Gulf of Mexico? We
would be objecting.
We need to
look at what we do from the perspective of what would happen if somebody else did it to us.
you suggesting we invited the 9/11 attack, sir?
PAUL: I’m suggesting that we listen to the people who attacked us and the reason
they did it. And they are delighted that we’re over there because Osama
bin Laden has said: I am glad you’re over on our sand because we can target you so much easier. They have already now since that time killed 3,400 of our men, and I don’t think it was necessary.
Enter Rudy Giuliani
of the law firm Bracewell & Giuliani, legal council for Cintra, the Spanish company that will operate and profit from the
NAFTA Superhighway – the I-35 toll road that is being constructed outside of congressional oversight to pave the way
for the North American Union. Enter Rudy Giuliani, who has been accused
of “disgraceful lack of respect" for the New York firefighters who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks,
for his decision to "scoop and dump" debris, which included the remains of missing firefighters, from the World Trade
Center towers - moving it to a landfill – most likely to expedite the destruction of the crime scene evidence as quickly
as possible. Unconscionable!
Wendell, may I make a comment on that? That’s really an extraordinary
statement. That’s an extraordinary statement, 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 heard that before, and I’ve heard some pretty absurd explanations for September
Note that Congressman
Paul never said that “we” invited the 9/11 attacks. What he
said, and was pointing out to his less informed opponents, the fools at Fox, and the blind zealots in the audience was historical,
factual context that explains why many in the Middle East hate the United States. He
was shunning the notion and Bush Administration propaganda suggesting that the crime of the century was committed without
a firm motive.
It saddens me
greatly that so many of my fellow Americans are so self-absorbed and arrogant that they cannot allow themselves to consider
the planks in their own eyes, while they fixate on the speck of sawdust in their brother’s. Or am I wrong? Are we really to believe the most absurd
explanation of why we were attacked on 9/11 – the Giuliani / Bush / Cheney explanation – that we were attacked
because they hate our freedoms, and our rights for women? After hearing the
applause that following Giuliani’s self-serving tirade – I must admit that I was embarrassed for my fellow South
Empowered by the cheers
of the blow torch and pliers crowd, Giuliani continued.
And I would ask the congressman to withdraw that comment and tell us that he didn’t really mean that.
believe very sincerely that the CIA is correct when they teach and talk about blow-back.
When we went into Iran in 1953 and installed the shah, yes there was blow-back.
The reaction to that was the taking of our hostages. And that persists. And if we ignore that, we ignore that at our own risk.
If we think that we can do what we want around the world and not incite hatred, then we have a problem. They don’t come here to attack us because we’re rich and we’re free. They come and they attack us because we’re over there. I
mean, what would we think if other foreign countries were doing that to us?
Well said, Dr.
Paul. Well said.
Giuliani is confused by the facts. He was no hero on 9/11 as the corporate media
claims – another 9/11 fabrication. He boasts that he knows something
about security. Let’s
bear witness. After repeated warnings by his advisors that he should move his
command and control center out of the World Trade Center’s Complex because it was a known target of terrorists ever
since the 1993 WTC bombing – Giuliani, America’s Mayor, Mr. Security, ignored his advisors and left his
city’s command and control in the complex anyhow. Perhaps Rudy had some
damning evidence that he needed destroyed. Or maybe he’s just as stubborn
and dull as George W. Bush. And there’s Americans that welcome 4 more years
of that type of leadership? Scary!
It can be argued
that the only reason Rudy was out on the streets on the morning of 9/11 was because his office was destroyed. He wasn’t a hero at all – he was homeless!
talk about blow back – corporate media blow back. Almost from the moment
Rudy twisted words and attacked Congressman Paul, the media frenzy started. The
words “invited”, “caused”, “blames”, “implied” miraculously began to attach
themselves to Ron Paul’s statements. Ron Paul implied nothing. He stated facts. Just because Paul doesn’t see the emperor’s
new clothes that the neo con gleefully admire, doesn’t mean that the emperor is not indeed naked.
Consider this. Ask Rudy why the United States invaded Afghanistan.
Surely, he’ll offer an explanation such as that the U.S. invaded that country because it was being run be the
Taliban, and that the Taliban provided safe haven for Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, and that it was from within this state,
and within this network that the 9/11 attacks were launched. This was the
Now ask Rudy
why they attacked us. Is it really possible that Rudy is so incompetent, so blind,
so arrogant, and so Bush-like, that he cannot articulate the actual causes associated with why they attacked us? If so, he is not fit to serve anything but his own self interests.
American people have accepted invading Afghanistan if the only reasons given by the federal government were that we hate Afghanistan’s
oppression, poverty, and lack of rights for women. Could you imagine such an
the explanation Bush, Cheney, Giuliani, and Hannity’s Amerika want to believe regarding why we were attacked –
why they hate us – because of our freedoms, wealth, and rights for women. Now
who is absurd?
In 1996, Osama
bin Laden issued a fatwa, or declaration of war against Americans for occupying land of Two Holy Places. You can read the entire fatwa on PBS. I suggest printing it and mailing
it to Rudy, Hannity’s Amerika, and the fools at Fox. This is why they hate
us. Period. And it’s only
gotten worse now that we occupy Iraq. Not that any of these enemies domestic
will read it. That requires more depth and character then any of them possess.
Ron Paul did not,
and does not suggest or imply that the U.S. invited or deserved to be attacked on September 11, 2001. What he has suggested is that we operate in the realm of reality – that we at least be honest about
why so many Arabs hate us and then decide whether we care or not. To deny the
cause, retards the effect. If the United States does not care how Arabs feel
about our occupying their lands, bombing their cities, killing their women and children, protecting Israel, and stealing their
oil profits through profit sharing agreements, then so be it. But, can we at
least be honest about it? That is what Congressman Paul is articulating.
In closing, I encourage
you to watch the CNN interview with Ron Paul provided below. This was a post
debate interview conducted yesterday. Paul once again makes the point that it
is Rudy – the Fox News candidate for President of Hannity’s Amerika – not Ron Paul, that needs to withdrawal
key word Ron Paul used was “listen”. Not “listen”
in the sense of “obey”. Just listen, and hopefully learn.