Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) was on CNN’s Larry King Live last night, and he pulled no punches when the discussion turned to Dick Cheney’s recent criticisms of Obama’s national security policy. Paul said, “Well, I think he had his eight years and he’s caused a lot of trouble for our country and he perpetuated a war in Iraq that was unnecessary and wrong-headed.”
Here is the video courtesy of Think Progress:
When host Larry King asked Paul for his thoughts on Cheney’s complaints, Paul answered, “Well, I think he had his eight years and he’s caused a lot of trouble for our country and he perpetuated a war in Iraq that was unnecessary and wrong-headed. So I would say that it would be best he not be so critical right now. But I’m still not only critical of that policy — I think the policy remains the same and we’ve hear it on the show tonight already.
Paul continued, “They, they are going to attack us and they’ve declared war against us. And it’s always they and them. But, but who are they? You know, after 9/11, 14 or 15 of the terrorists came from Saudi Arabia. I mean we didn’t attack Saudi Arabia, we attacked Iraq. So it, it doesn’t make sense.”
Ron Paul and Barack Obama aren’t going to agree on much, but the one thing that do agree on is the misguided foolishness of the neo-cons on the terrorism issue. More than anything else it was the Bush administration and the war in Iraq that motivated Paul to run for president again. He openly hates the way his party has abandoned its conservative foreign policy roots.
Obama’s handling of the terrorism issue, and the president’s willingness to look beyond the black and white, good guy/bad guy mode of thinking is more in line Rep. Paul’s own position on the issue, so it isn’t a surprise that Paul lashed out at Dick Cheney, because in his mind, Cheney and Bush took the GOP down a ruinous, which most of the Republican is still clinging on to.