Ron Paul's reinforcements

In the latest give-and-take between Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani regarding the causes of and appropriate response to 9/11, the former head of the CIA's bin Laden unit, Michael Scheuer, joined Paul at the National Press Club today. Paul's campaign issued the following statement:

"Experts, scholars, administration officials and bipartisan investigators all tell us that 50 years of interventionism in the Middle East has compromised the security of America. To deny that bad policy has serious negative repercussions is to deny reality. During our debate in South Carolina, I continued to make the case that we must change foreign policy to secure our nation. Mr. Giuliani attacked me, calling my position 'absurd,' and said that he had 'never heard' such a thing.

"Mr. Giuliani is not really interested in discussing foreign policy. Instead, he wants to shout down anyone who doesn't agree with him. He attacks my patriotism, inferring that if I do not support war, then I do not love America. We have heard these arguments before. They are arguments of ignorance and authoritarianism.

"Today, I stood with Michael Scheuer, the man who spearheaded the CIA's efforts to capture Osama bin Laden, and perhaps the most qualified expert to speak about the blowback caused by American foreign policy. I cited leading scholars, the 9-11 Commission, the CIA and even Paul Wolfowitz. Rudy Giuliani's ignorance on foreign policy is alarming. I hope he pays attention and learns."

Scheuer is the author of Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror and Through Our Enemies' Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam and the Future of America. He was a prominent figure in Lawrence Wright's The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Recently he wrote this op-ed to rebut ex-CIA director George Tenet's memoir.