BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kacyzinski notes that Ron Paul, a long-serving confidante of potential presidential candidate Rand Paul, recently stated the United States was not interested in capturing Osama bin Laden following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 because doing so would have limited the ability of the George W. Bush administration to wage unlimited war in the middle east:
The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, an isolationist think tank connected to former presidential candidate and GOP congressman Ron Paul, said in a blog post Wednesday that the terrorist attack on French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo “has many of the characteristics of a false flag operation.”
I ruffled some feathers last week when I noted that Rand Paul’s conspiracy theory regarding Dick Cheney, Halliburton, and the Iraq War is strikingly similar to theories promulgated by a certain segment of 9/11 Truthers. As I said at the time, repeated the following day, and will reiterate today, I don’t believe that Rand Paul believes that Dick Cheney and George W. Bush allowed the 9/11 attacks to proceed in order to create a pretext to invade Iran. However, I do believe that it is worth drawing attention to the fact that a great many citizens of Paul World are, in fact, 9/11 Truthers and that neither Rand Paul nor his father Ron have been particularly vociferous in distancing themselves from these crackpots. Why? Well, every vote counts!
As I said at the time: “dog whistles and such.”
I bring this up again because the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity recently chose to republish a screed by Paul Craig Roberts that concludes “the US government blew up three New York skyscrapers in order to destroy Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, and Hezbollah.”* Ron Paul, when asked why the institute that bears his name was giving credence to such insanity, shrugged it off, saying it’s “political correctness” to suggest that 9/11 Truthers should be dismissed.