The Santorum Spin on Ron Paul Analyzed

Last night’s CNN and Tea Party Express presidential debate has set the Facebook and Social Media world buzzing.

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum charged at Congressman Ron Paul saying that “on your website, on 9/11, you had a blog post that basically blamed the United States for 9/11. On your website, yesterday. You said that it was our actions that brought about the actions of 9/11. ”

There were two possible blog posts to which Santorum could have been referring.

The first blog post that Santorum alluded to was a piece by none other than Jack Hunter the (Southern Avenger), conservative talk radio host and contributing editor to The American Conservative Magazine.  In a short piece entitled Learning Nothing from 9/11 Hunter expressed his opposition to what former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said in a HUMAN EVENTS exclusive interview.  Rumsfeld was quoted saying “The Department of Defense is not what’s causing the debt and the deficit.  It’s the entitlement programs”.   “If we make that mistake, we’re doomed to suffer another attack of some kind, and our intelligence will be less strong and less effective.” to which Jack Hunter called “This is beyond absurd.”  Pointing to the fact that “America is over $15 trillion in debt, and that we already almost spend more on so-called defense than every other nation on earth combined” Hunter later on goes on to quote the Former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden Unit Michael Scheuer saying “Our growing number of Islamist enemies are motivated to attack us because of what the U.S. government does in the Muslim world and not because of how Americans live and think here at home.”

Jack Hunter’s piece on Ron Paul’s site mentioned nothing about Americans being guilty for the 9/11 attacks.  However, Mr. Santorum thought it appropriate to take the post out of context and stretch it to the point that Ron Paul hates America by supporting the terrorists.

Jacob Hornberger already addressed the other piece Santorum may have been referring to (and I am not one to re-invent the wheel):

Specifically, Santorum attacked Paul for his column this week entitled “Foreign Occupation Leads to More Terror.” In the column, Paul made the point that he made in his exchange with Guliani four years ago, a point that he has consistently made ever since and that libertarians have been making even before 9/11: that U.S. foreign policy is at the root of the anger and rage in the Middle East that produces the threat of terrorist retaliation.

Well, that concept set off Santorum, just like it did Guliani four years ago. Their attacks were essentially the same — that the terrorists just hate America for its freedom and values and that Paul was “blaming America” for the attacks.

Yawn. Isn’t it amazing that after 10 years, there are still people who believe such nonsense?

By the way, Santorum did much the same thing in the last presidential debate. He suggested that the bad relationship between the United States and Iran originated with the Iranian revolution in 1979, when the revolutionaries took U.S. diplomats hostage. Santorum was suggesting that the revolutionaries just hate America for its’ freedom and values, just like the terrorists.

In that debate, Paul informed Santorum that actually the history of bad relations between Iran and the United States was rooted in what happened in 1953. That was the year that the CIA instigated a regime-change coup that ousted Iraq’s democratically elected prime minister from power and installed in his stead a brutal unelected dictator. Then, for the next 25 years, that dictator brutalized the Iranian people, with the support of the U.S. government, to such an extent that they finally revolted in 1979. Filled with anger and rage over what the U.S. government had done to them and their country, they retaliated by taking U.S. diplomats hostage. U.S.-Iran relations have been bad ever since. (See my article, “Ron Paul’s Exchange with Santorum Says It All.”

Please read the rest of Jacob Hornberger’s piece, he has some fantastic points!
The debate between whether or not the terrorists attacked us because of our “freedoms” or because of our government’s actions will likely continue to rage on for many years. With a congress that has an approval rating at near historical lows, a tea party movement that appears to be gaining strength with its limited government platforms and a president whose numbers continue to tank almost daily, one has to wonder.

One thing’s for sure that Ron Paul will continue to be label as a “liberal” that needs to join the democrats for agreeing with folks like Pat Buchanan, Bill Buckley, and many others in the “old right” movement when it comes to foreign policy.  Today’s new partisan hacks will continue to try to cut down the tree of the more consistence stances of the old right down because they have no consistence.  If you want a cheap copy of a limited government style president then, by all means, go with Santorum.

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