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Giuliani proves he lacks depth and character


Ed Haas

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.

 

GOLER: Congressman 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.

 

Republicans 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.

 

Stay out of entangling alliances.  Be friends with counties.  Negotiate and talk with them and trade with them.

 

Just think 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 end. 

 

GOLER: Congressman, you don’t think that changed with the 9/11 attacks, sir? 

 

PAUL: What changed?

 

GOLER: The non-interventionist policies.

 

PAUL: No, 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.

 

We don’t 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.

 

What would 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.

 

GOLER: Are 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! 

 

GIULIANI: 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 11th. 

 

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 Carolina residents. 

 

Empowered by the cheers of the blow torch and pliers crowd, Giuliani continued.

 

GIULIANI: And I would ask the congressman to withdraw that comment and tell us that he didn’t really mean that.

 

HUME: Congressman?

 

PAUL: I 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. 

 

Clearly Rudy 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! 

 

Let’s 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 cause. 

 

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.  

 

Would the 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 absurd explanation? 

 

Yet that’s 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 some statements.

 

Remember, the key word Ron Paul used was “listen”.  Not “listen” in the sense of “obey”.  Just listen, and hopefully learn. 

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Ron Paul interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN - May 16, 2007

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