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May 12th, 2011

Ron Paul Would Not Have Given Order to Kill Osama Bin Laden

By Craig Robinson

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.

Photo by Dave Davidson

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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