Friday, November 02, 2007
Ron Paul: Giuliani doesn't understand 9/11
Presidential candidate Ron Paul talks about Iranian nukes, the causes of 9/11 and a new paradigm for U.S. foreign policy. The full interview airs tonight on "360." (Click image at left to play video)
Posted By CNN: 12:52 PM ET
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For all his talk about how he is the candidate to keep us safe, Giuliani made some big mistakes leading up to 9/11 that are part of the reason it was a devastating as it was.

As a native New Yorker who still lived in NYC at the time of the attacks, I can tell you that Giuliani was not very well liked before 9/11, and for good reason.

Two examples of what I consider dangerous incompetence:
He decided to locate the emergency management office in the World Trade Center, even after the bombing a few years earlier that showed that terrorists thought it would make a "great" target. So, as soon as the planes hit, the emergency management office didn't have their base.

He also could have done more to ensure better communications systems both within emergency response departments and with the responding systems (fire, police, etc.) as a whole, but did nothing.

How Giuliani can claim to be good at protecting us given these incredible lapses in judgment-- lapses that, I believe, contributed directly to the confusion and, therefore, death toll-- is beyond me.

More recent evidence of his incompetence: One of Giuliani's major campaign advisors is Norman Podhoretz (sp?), who is completely loony and has said we should just go in and bomb the heck out of Iran. Yeah, 'cause that's working so well in Iraq. Bottom line: If Giuliani trusts this guy, I don't trust Giuliani.

Alas, such maniacal misjudgment seems to run in the Republican family: Bush still seems to think he is the only man who can keep us safe, despite his 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Katrina performances that all-too-sadly demonstrated otherwise.

It makes me sick when Republicans get away with pretending that they are the party to keep us safe, despite all the evidence-- in lives lost-- to the contrary. Not that a Republican couldn't hypothetically be good at keeping us safe, but I have yet to see one running for president who is smart enough to do what we need to do (diplomacy, better emergency planning, etc.).

Unforunately, I am not sure that the Dem front runner is much better, given Hillary Clinton's vote just recently on Iran, not to mention her vote that allowed the president to go into Iraq and her support for Bush's misguided policies over the years. That's why I am voting for Edwards.
Posted By Norah, West Chester, PA : 1:26 PM ET
Ron Paul is RIGHT!
We don't have to start a war with Iran! They are not a threat! Geepers! We don't need to police the world!
King Bush has really ticked off the world and in the process destroyed our own country.
We are unable to even help ourselves.
It really is all about the oil!
Gas at the pump was about $1.50 per gallon when King Bush took his throne.
Folks, it is all about the rich getting richer and the poor eating cake. No middle class.
No class at all~
Posted By BAT,nacogdoches,TX : 1:43 PM ET
There are many countries with nukes, Iran does not even have one yet. Why is the Pres. trying to frighten Americans into bombing Iran. It's so unneccesary. Iran is not a threat, just like Iraq was not.
Posted By Ryan A., Gardner, Mass. : 2:21 PM ET
I agree that we do not need to go to war with Iran. However, I am not sure who has the right solution to the problems we have in the world. It seems we get a lot of double talk thrown our way. I need a time out to process what all the candidates are actually saying!
Posted By Pamina, New Rochelle, NY : 2:32 PM ET
Among all those running for the presidency of the USA Ron Paul is a lone voice of reason calling us back to a sane foreign policy.
Posted By Micah J. Glasser : 2:42 PM ET
"[F]reedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be," he once explained as mayor. "Freedom is about authority."

Really Rudy? This is something you would want a president to say. Rudy has no idea what he is talking about and is only ahead in polls because of name recognition.
Posted By Jeff : 3:18 PM ET
Since 911, we have invaded and occupied Afganistan and Iraq. The Iraqi invasion for some dubious reasons. Inbetween these occupied countries sits Iran, a nation long considered an enemy. Various commentators and bloggers have talked about how unstable the Iranian President is and how he'll attack Israel is they devolop nukes. But think for a moment. What exactly should their 'sane' response be? They are now surrounded by occupied countries. Shouldn't we expect them, rationally, to feel threatened? Shouldn't we expect them to take messures to defend themselves? How would we have responded in the 70's and 80's if Canada and Mexico had both become Soviet satillites?
Posted By Kelly : 3:24 PM ET
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