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WAS RON PAUL RIGHT when he said we removed our base from Saudi Arabia “immediately after” 9/11?

Ron Paul said on Face the Nation Sunday that there was a base in Saudi Arabia removed “immediately after” 9/11.  For that he was criticized as being factually incorrect.  CNS asserts that it was some time later:

Still, the U.S. withdrew from the Prince Sultan Air Base not “immediately after 9/11” but more than a year and a half later. The timing of the redeployment was linked not to the al-Qaeda attack but to the fall of Saddam Hussein.

I would ask the question:  How much time does it take to close a base?  I would think some might say 18 months is fairly quick.  Furthermore, I hate to criticize fellow believers but here’s an original source about the motives for leaving Saudi Arabia (not a friend of Dr. Paul – Paul Wolfowitz!)

There are a lot of things that are different now, and one that has gone by almost unnoticed–but it’s huge–is that by complete mutual agreement between the U.S. and the Saudi government we can now remove almost all of our forces from Saudi Arabia. Their presence there over the last 12 years has been a source of enormous difficulty for a friendly government. It’s been a huge recruiting device for al Qaeda. In fact if you look at bin Laden, one of his principle (sic) grievances was the presence of so-called crusader forces on the holy land, Mecca and Medina. I think just lifting that burden from the Saudis is itself going to open the door to other positive things.  (Emphasis added)

The base was removed as soon as there was “mutual agreement” between the Saudi government and the US and it was removed because it was a “huge recruiting device” for Al Qaeda and that he was mad because we had troops in Saudi Arabia. Take neo-con Wolfowitz’s word for it.

I think CNS and maybe others owe Dr. Paul an apology.  Maybe Rick Santorum can start tomorrow.  I am not holding my breath…

Thanks to Jaayy who commented to the WashPo piece on RP for the Wolfowitz quote!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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