Ron Paul Warns of Terror Attack and Collapse of U.S. Economy

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Our old friend Ron Paul is still trying to roll his rock up the hill. A report from Paul Joseph Watson:

“Presidential candidate Ron Paul says the U.S. is in ‘great danger’ of a staged terror attack or a Gulf of Tonkin style provocation while also warning that a major collapse of the American economy is on the horizon and could be precipitated by the bombing of Iran and the closure of the Persian Gulf.

“Speaking to The Alex Jones Show, the Texas Congressman was asked his opinion on Cindy Sheehan’s recent comments that the U.S. is in danger of a staged terror attack or a Gulf of Tonkin style provocation that will validate the Neo-Con agenda…

“‘I think we’re in great danger of it,’ responded the Congressman, ‘We’re in danger in many ways, the attack on our civil liberties here at home, the foreign policy that’s in shambles and our obligations overseas and commitment which endangers our troops and our national defense.’ ‘Every day we’re in worse shape and right now there’s an orchestrated effort to blame the Iranians for everything that’s gone wrong in Iraq and we’re quite concerned that the attack will be on Iran and that will jeopardize so many more of our troops, so I would say that we’re in much greater danger than we even were four or five years ago,’ asserted Paul.

“The presidential candidate expressed his despair that the situation in Iraq will not change until there is a total collapse of the American economy.

“‘There’s no way we can afford what we’re doing, whether it’s domestic spending or the international spending and very few people talk about the real cost of this economically speaking…this is unsustainable and it will be a threat to our dollar,’ said Paul, adding that the onset of the meltdown could be sparked by the bombing of Iran and the closure of the Persian Gulf.

“The Congressman added that the collapse was in its early stages with the major indication being a reduction in the living standard of middle class Americans but that ‘one single major world event’ could change things overnight and precipitate a major downturn.

“Paul said that national and world events, especially the degrading situation in Iraq, were attracting support for his presidential campaign due to his resolute position on embracing a non-interventionist foreign policy.

“The Congressman concluded by surmising that record lows in approval ratings for Bush, Cheney and Congress showed that, ‘The American people are alive and well and disgusted, yet they haven’t had good alternatives…it’s justifiable, they are looking for true answers and options and quite frankly I think that’s probably one of the reasons why our campaign is growing by leaps and bounds right now.'”

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Peter Jaworski
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Just a point of clarification: Ron Paul did *not* say that the U.S. is in great danger of a “staged terror attack.” The insinuation was a consequence of a loaded AJ question, and not something Ron Paul said himself. If you re-read the transcript, it will be obvious to you (as it should be to all readers of the transcript, and as it was to me when I first heard this).

Just making sure the Congressman gets in trouble for what he actually says, and not for what people believe he said when he didn’t say them.

Rick Fisk
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This article is repeating a falsehood. Ron Paul did not warn of a staged terror attack. He was quite specific that a gulf of Tonkin event could be used as a justification for an attack on Iran. Duh.

Walker Pfost
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Ron Paul did not say, as Paul Joseph Watson implies through clever re-alignment of disparate quotes, that the U.S. Government is going to stage anything any time soon.

I would defend Dr. Paul myself from such allegations, but he is far more intelligent and able than I am.

If you doubt the legitimacy of this article, feel free to watch the actual interview, and decide for yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwFlN61XThE

Dr. Paul advocates a sensible foreign policy, but he is not a conspiracy theorist.

Dale
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Misinformation. Paul simply did not say, and does not believe, that the U.S. government would stage an attack on itself or on Americans. Listen to the interview for yourself and you can see that the report is a lie.

Daniel
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It is an embarrassing display of ignorance on the part of certain reporters to associate the Gulf of Tonkin incident with a staged domestic terror attack.

Anyone with any grasp of history (Ron Paul certainly has such a grasp)would know the difference and this is yet another feeble attempt to distort and marginalize his views.

Jack
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Note to self… don’t waste your time with Bill Bonner articles. I read about Ron Paul’s alleged comments yesterday. Dr. Paul DID NOT SAY there would be a “staged” terror attack. He didn’t even imply that.

The Daily Reckoning
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“We should remember that Iran, like Iraq, is a third-world nation without a significant military. Nothing in history hints that she is likely to invade a neighboring country, let alone do anything to America or Israel. I am concerned, however, that a contrived Gulf of Tonkin- type incident may occur to gain popular support for an attack on Iran. Even if such an attack is carried out by Israel over U.S. objections, we will be politically and morally culpable since we provided the weapons and dollars to make it possible. ” ~ Ron Paul U.S. House January 11, 2007 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRB3UBz1KEQ… Read more »
W. Petrovic
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Quoted from the Alex Jones site. “Listen to the MP3: http://prisonplanet.com/audio/130707paul.mp3 This is the question that Alex Jones asked the Congressman. “Congressman, just out of the gates, Cindy Sheehan on my show yesterday went further than anybody’s ever gone, she said ‘distinct chance of staged terror attack’ or the government allowing that to happen, Bush is saying he doesn’t care what the people want, the war will continue, they’ve set up the Military Commissions Act, they’ve set up the John Warner Defense Authorization Act, he’s signed PDD 51 making himself literally dictator, he gave himself that power – how much… Read more »
Mike H.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_of_Tonkin_Incident

So . . . this was a staged terror attack?

Amazing.

Mark Richards
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The National Security Archive
The George Washington University

Essay: 40th Anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB132/essay.htm

Paul
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Pat Buchanan wrote something similar on his site. Check it out.

joshua bruce
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Well I’ll forgive the article because I’ve previously read positive Paul stories from the site. However Dr Paul has said he thinks 9/11 was carried out by 19 hijackers with boxcutters. He has even stated that Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma bombing) was a terrorist much to the chagrin of the AJ types.

Well Well Well
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The Gulf of Tonkin WAS a staged attack so was 9/11. The US IS in danger of it again just like they were the victims of it WW2 and WW1. The US gov knew that pearl harbor was coming and they knew the the Lucitania would be sunk. WAKE UP people.

James
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Perhaps an old carrier being sunk or fired at in the gulf is what will happen?
Rumor has it that two of the carriers there are due to be scrapped in five years, so they are expendable for this sort of thing.
Whether they call that a terror plot or not doesn’t matter really.
Who really trusts the US/Israel axis anyway??

NH
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Actually it was Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff who said he feels another attack coming on even though he has no proof of it.

So if he can feel it so can Ron. The difference is, Ron’s statement is innocent, Chertoff’s may NOT be!

Paul
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Yeah, Chertoff said he had a “gut feeling” that the US would suffer a terror attack this summer. I say we bring his “gut” in for questioning, and find out what it knows.

Alex
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I think that it is disgraceful for the news to continue to utilize these sensationalist tactics to draw readers. Stories like this do nothing to inform the electorate, but instead serve only to mislead. I would hope that if the news services cannot be trusted to educate, that Americans will take it upon themselves to find the truth wherever it may be.

CLEAN HARRY
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RON PAUL WILL BE PRESIDENT. We know the media is lying, they know that we know. We should just switch off whilst re-evaluating the words, “no news is good news”. Ignore them, or listen, but with an added pinch of logic, “You only attack because you are under fire”. The media attacking RON only increases the attention given to him. Most people know who RON PAUL is and realise where he is at. He isn’t attacking or discrediting anybody; he is only telling the truth, which is all too lacking in our RULERS. Most important of all, people that don’t… Read more »
CLEAN HARRY
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I don’t believe Ron would have said anything like that.
His, all too evident power of reason would not allow him to.
False words written by possibly envious middle and upper class “poeple” or, or, or, or…….
They might be doing well today, but what of tomorrow?
I am sure there are some critics that are even doubting their own words.
“Those that cower and grovel in the shadow of his correctness, shall be first to see him recieve his prize”.

HARRY FOR FREEDOM
RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT full stop

CLEAN HARRY
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Joshua Bruce, 19 highjackers with boxcutters is the official story.
He is only repeating what the government have told all of us, He is too wise to bring personal feelings into play.
The obvious should have no need to be discussed, 80% of us already know whats what,and that is enough and thats that.
We can work on the others after the transition.

HARRY FOR FREEDOM
RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT full stop

CLEAN HARRY
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World dominance means exactly what it says, in this order USA,CANADA AND MEXICO,MID-EAST,EUROPE,ASIA etc. etc.
With Austrailia and New Zealand being picked off in the final throes.
Slavery is in the roots of every country.
“You’ll have “HAD YA CHIPS” is the only way I can sum it all up.

glen
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I just listened to the Youtube clip. It sounded to me like Ron Paul thinks that the US might contrive an incident in Iran (like Tonkin) in order to attack Iran. I’ve read elsewhere that Paul believes the Muslims hate us because we’ve been attacking them over there for 10 years. The thought of having someone in charge of the US who is unaware that the Islamic Jihad against the West is a continuation of a 700 year old war to dominate the world, who seems unaware of the House of War/House of Islamist mindset is a real concern to… Read more »
CLEAN HARRY
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Glen, Of course you are right, what Ron said is more of a guess-statement pertaining to the more or less elapsed time from the “Dessert Storm” fiasco. He knows exactly how long their war has been going on. Certainly it has been going on forever but only in the last 10 or so years has it been more in the lime-light. I would express it equally. We must not lose the perspective of the word “world”, it can be a human perception of ones surroundings an example being that “my house is MY world”. Land, sea, air, island, country and… Read more »
Mick Russom
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Ron Paul is Americas last hope. We are FINISHED without him. “When we retaliate for this horror we have suffered, we must be certain that only the guilty be punished. More killing of innocent civilians will only serve to flame the fires of war and further jeopardize our security.” “Demanding domestic security in times of war invites carelessness in preserving civil liberties and the right of privacy. Frequently the people are only too anxious for their freedoms to be sacrificed on the altar of authoritarianism thought to be necessary to remain safe and secure. Nothing would please the terrorists more… Read more »
Brian
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The Islamist fundamentalists want to rule the world. They believe that everyone is born a Muslim and those who are not raised as Muslims simply haven’t had the opportunity. Ron Paul may actually be trying to get America back to what they were before the Republican and Democtrat parties made America what it is today. If he is, then I for one would support him. The idea of slavery being in every country is a rather curious statement, because ‘Freedom’ o me means being able to live any where I choose within a country, lawfully acquire wealth without limit, raise… Read more »
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