Ron Paul: U.S. Used Bin Laden As An Excuse To Invade Countries

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Former congressman Ron Paul, a longtime Libertarian leader and former Republican presidential candidate, was a guest on Scott Horton’s radio program recently. While on the air, Paul claimed the United States didn’t really want to catch Osama Bin Laden - they just needed a popular reason to invade the Middle East. 

“Matter of fact, can’t you just see the difference that might have occurred. Ya know, they knew where Bin Laden was. I don’t think they really wanted to catch him because he was used as the excuse for us, you know, invading various countries and building up the military,” Paul said.

Paul was discussing the U.S.’s response to Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and the  September 11 Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001 he proposed. Paul’s Marque and Reprisal Act would have sent a small, private force into the Middle East to capture Osama bin Laden, Buzzfeed reported. 

“So if you had a private force that was going to be paid to go over and get him because they had pretty good knowledge of where he was and taking care of him early on, just think of the benefits that would have come from a very, very narrowed approach to you know, going after those people that were participating in 9/11,” Paul said.

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