In yesterday’s Washington Post, I point out some of Ron Paul’s dangerous foreign policy views. But did you know that Paul once suggested in one of his now-infamous newsletters that the Mossad might have been behind the first World Trade Center attack?
The New Republic recently catalogued some of Paul’s “most incendiary newsletters.” They include this gem from the April 1993 Ron Paul Survival Report, which appeared not long after the first attempted bombing of the World Trade Center:
Some people think this is a frame-up by anti-Arab interests. Recall that after the Kennedy assassination, Lee Harvey Oswald was apprehended and accusations were made. We’re still sorting that one out. From my point of view, it’s hard to believe the perpetrators could be as stupid as the authorities suggest…. Whether it was a set up by the Israeli Mossad, as a Jewish friend of mine suspects, or was truly a retaliation by the Islamic fundamentalists, matters little.
Actually, it matters a lot. Paul has tried to distance himself from his newsletters, but this appears in the first person in a publication called the Ron Paul Survival Report. It’s hard for him to disavow. And even if someone else penned those words, why exactly did Paul have someone ghostwriting newsletters in his name who believes it is plausible that the Mossad tried to blow up the Twin Towers?
The fact is Ron Paul has long flirted with conspiracy theories. As I point out in today’s Post, in a 2007 radio interview he called the 9/11 commission a “cover up” and demanded a new investigation into what really happened that day. And as Michael Warren points out in the Weekly Standard, Paul declared in a 1990 C-SPAN interview that “there’s pretty good evidence that those who are involved in the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations usually end up in positions of power. And I believe this is true.”
It is simply amazing that a man who believes the Mossad may have been behind the World Trade Center bombings, the 9/11 Commission was a “cover up,” and the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations secretly run the world, is in a virtual dead-heat for first place in the Iowa caucuses.
And then there is this 1988 interview in which Paul calls for the elimination of both the FBI and the CIA: