In a recent interview on WHO Radio, Congressman Ron Paul told Simon Conway, WHO Radio’s new afternoon host, that if he were president, he would not have given the go-ahead on the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden, the terrorist mastermind of the 9-11 attacks that killed 3000 Americans and injured 6000 others.
Below is a transcript and video of the exchange, which occurred on Tuesday.
Conway: If we take all you said, then are you asking us to believe that a President Ron Paul could have ordered the kill of Bin Laden by entering another sovereign nation?
Paul: No, I think things could have been done somewhat differently. I would suggest that the way they got Khalid [Sheikh] Mohammed, who was the real ringleader … of 9-11, and we went and cooperated with Pakistan. They arrested him, actually, and turned him over to us, and he’s been in prison. In matter of fact, the same thing happened on the release of the people who had to do with the bombing in 1993, I believe, when they first attempt …. They were all captured, brought, and tried in a civilian court and have all been punished, so no, what’s wrong with that? Why can’t we work with the government?
Conway: I just want to be clear: a President Ron Paul would therefore not have ordered the kill of Bin Laden, which only could have taken place by entering a another sovereign nation?
Paul: I don’t think it was necessary. No. It absolutely was not necessary, and I think respect for the rule of law and world law and international law. What if he had been in a hotel in London? I mean, should, you know, we wanted to keep it secret, so would we have sent the airplane, you know the helicopters into London because they were afraid the information would get out? No. You don’t want to do that.
Conway: I think you have been very clear, sir. You have been very clear. I definitely don’t want to put words in your mouth. Though you are telling me that a President Ron Paul would not have ordered the Bin Laden kill to take place as it took place in Pakistan?
Paul: Not the way it took place, no. I mean, he was unarmed and all these other arguments.
Paul is now calling on the United States to draw down its military presence in the Middle East following the death of Bin Laden. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Paul said, “We’ve gotten the guy that supposedly headed up 9/11. He certainly supported it. He’s dead and gone, and we can get away from nation building. It’s a perfect time for us to just come home.“
Foreign policy has proven to be Paul’s Achilles heel with many mainstream Republican voters. The revelation that Paul would not have ordered the U.S. military mission that killed Bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, only limits his appeal to most caucus goers.
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