Published On: Thu, Sep 1st, 2011

Ron Paul does not speak nonsense

In a piece in the neoconservative rag, Commentary, published Aug 31, a blogger by the name of Peter Wehner came out swinging on some statements Texas Congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul made concerning national security and our enemies’ motivations, which were published in the DesMoines Register.

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The part of the article the Wehner found so appalling was this:

At a campaign stop on Saturday in Winterset, one man asked Paul how terrorist groups would react if the U.S. removed its military presence in Middle Eastern nations, a move the candidate advocates.

“Which enemy are you worried that will attack our national security?” Paul asked.

“If you’re looking for specifics, I’m talking about Islam. Radical Islam,” the man answered.

“I don’t see Islam as our enemy,” Paul said. “I see that motivation is occupation and those who hate us and would like to kill us, they are motivated by our invasion of their land, the (US’s) support of their dictators that they hate.”

Mr. Wehner in his infinite wisdom went on to call this assessment of the terrorists’ motivation and reasons to attack us as “nonsense.”

Wehner goes on to say:

The September 11 attacks on the United States came before the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. There was no “occupation” to ground jihadist hate in. We did have a presence in Saudi Arabia, but that hardly qualified as an “occupation.”

Yes, the 9/11 attacks did come before our invasion of Afghanistan, however Mr. Wehner seems to forget we planted tens of thousands of troops in Saudi and Kuwait starting in the Senior Bush’s war in 1991. These troops didn’t leave till 2003.

I wonder if Mr. Wehner would consider it occupation if a foreign country had 60,000 troops based in his hometown?

Maybe Wehner and his fellow chickenhawks don’t consider that an occupation, but many Muslims did. Though the Neocons will say the Kingdom invited us, the people wanted no part and were very upset with the Royal family for allowing this.

This of course included Osama bin Laden who was very specific about the US occupation in Saudi Arabia and the continual bombing of Iraq through the Bush Sr. and Clinton administrations as the motivation for attacking the US on US soil.

If Wehmer is unclear about bin Laden’s motivations he merely needs to read his fatwa published in 1996, “Declaration of War against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places.”

How can you possibly not think that our presence in their holy lands was not a motivating factor? It came right out of his mouth.

In fact, if I remember correctly, no Islamic terrorism entered the borders of the US (1993) until after our US troops were firmly planted in the Middle East.

Perhaps Wehner doesn’t understand the concept of blowback, or doesn’t care. The late Chalmers Johnson, an expert on the topic was very clear when he said the attacks on the embassies in Africa were definitely blowback from American troops being in Saudi Arabia, and not unprovoked terrorism.

In addition, I’m sure someone who knows astronomically more about bin Laden than just about any Westerner, including Wehner, Dr. Michael Scheuer would concur. His books (Imperial Hubris and Through our Enemies’ Eyes) document this in detail.

So for Mr. Wehner and his ilk to be so critical of the idea of motivation behooves me.

Then Wehner pulls out the neoncon talking point that Paul blames and/or hates America. I’ve heard this ad nauseum and it’s unfortunate because it has zero to do with Dr. Paul blaming America, and everything to do with disagreeing with a neoconservative foreign policy that for the past two decades has put a target on our backs as a country and is driving us into bankruptcy. The proof is in the pudding.

If we continue to ignore our presence in the Middle East as a primary motivation for hating us, we do so at our own peril.

It is exactly this Neocon philosophy of perpetual war, intervention and occupation that puts the United States in greater danger of acts like those described above.

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