July 13, 2007
Ron Paul warns of staged terror attack
Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, said
the country is in "great danger" of the U.S.
government staging a terrorist attack or a Gulf of
Tonkin style provocation, as the war in Iraq continues
The Texas congressman offered no specifics nor
mentioned President Bush by name, but he clearly
insinuated that the administration would not be above
staging an incident to revive flagging support.
"We're in danger in many ways," Paul said on the Alex
Jones radio show. "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."
Paul was asked to respond to comments by anti-war
activist Cindy Sheehan that the U.S. is in danger of a
staged terror attack or a provocation of an enemy
similar to the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964 before
the Vietnam War.
During the radio interview, Paul said the government
was conducting "an orchestrated effort to blame the
Iranians for everything that has gone wrong in Iraq."
The comments come as several prominent terrorism
experts have warned the U.S. is facing an increased
risk of attack this summer. Earlier this week, in an
interview with the Chicago Tribune, Homeland Security
Secretary Michael Chertoff said he had a "gut feeling"
the U.S. would be attacked again.
The remark angered some Democrats, who criticized
Chertoff for being too vague. And some pundits seized
on his remarks, saying the vague warnings were meant
only to revive flagging support for the war in Iraq
and Bushs larger war against terrorism.