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Ron Paul Gives Rudy Giuliani A Summer Reading List

by @ 9:01 pm on May 24, 2007. Filed under 2008 Election, Iraq, Politics, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani

Ron Paul isn’t perfect, but he’s the only Republican out there I’d consider voting for right now, and he’s given Rudy Giuliani a reading assignment:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Longshot Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Thursday gave front-runner Rudy Giuliani a list of foreign-policy books to back up his contention that attacks by Islamic militants are fueled by the U.S. presence in the Middle East.

“I’m giving Mr. Giuliani a reading assignment,” the nine-term Texas congressman said as he stood behind a stack of books that included the report by the commission that examined the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.


Paul said it was irresponsible of Giuliani and other leaders to not examine the motivations of al Qaeda and other radical Islamic groups.

Among the books on Paul’s reading list were: “Dying to Win,” which argues that suicide bombers only mobilize against an occupying force; “Blowback,” which examines the unintended consequences of U.S. foreign policy; and the 9/11 Commission Report, which says that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was angered by the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia.

Another book on the list was “Imperial Hubris,” whose author appeared at the press conference to offer support for Paul.

“Foreign policy is about protecting America,” said author Michael Scheuer, who used to head the CIA’s bin Laden unit. “Our foreign policy is doing the opposite.”

And everyone except the man running for President of 9/11 seems to recognize that fact.

More importantly, Congressman Paul went up a few notches in my book when he said this:

“I don’t think he’s qualified to be president,” Paul said of Giuliani. “If he was to read the book and report back to me and say, ‘I’ve changed my mind,’ I would reconsider.”

Don’t count on it Congressman.

H/T: Mike @ The Liberty Papers

5 Responses to “Ron Paul Gives Rudy Giuliani A Summer Reading List”

  1. CR UVa says:

    In peacetime, I imagine Ron Paul would be very popular with the conservative base. However, ask a conservative Republican what concerns him or her most today, and terror, Iraq, or foreign policy will likely be a response. Paul might make a fairly big splash, but without the base (though arguably, none of the current candidates have that support anyway), Paul is really just flapping his lips and likely hurting his chances. If we do not want a Democrat in the White House, the best option is to get conservative Republicans excited; otherwise, there may be many of them who stay home not wanting to vote for either candidate.

    Unless of course, if Hillary becomes the Democrat’s candidate; I imagine many Republicans will get out to the polls simply to keep her out.

  2. Torchbearer says:

    StrawPoll (halfway down the page)
    race42008 . com
    (remove the spaces in the url)

  3. Alex Hammer says:

    See also:

    Ron Paul assigns Giuliani homework – CNN

    Major Political Site TechPresident Article: The Rise of Ron Paul

    NPR – Dark Horse Paul Runs Well on the Web

    Ron Paul Web Traffic Surging Again!, Increases Web Traffic Lead on Obama, Etc.

    By Rep. Ron Paul – On Patriotism – May 24, 2007

  4. Borg Blog says:

    He’s pretty darn close to perfect, though – thanks for your great post.

    Dr. Paul?s press conference and suggested reading list for Rudy is a brilliant move, as this post suggests.

    What most commentators on this story have missed is perhaps bigger and more important news, though. And that is the story about the man who was standing by Dr. Paul?s side at the press conference yesterday.

    To learn more, please see my post: “Terrorism and Bin Laden Expert Has a Lesson for Giuliani” (


  5. Revelarts says:

    Ron Paul is my Choice as well. I think some underestimate a real part of the base. I’m a christian conservative, live in a military community and I’m appalled at what’s happened the passed 4 years. the rough shod abuse of Presidential powers and over constitutional rights, and what looks like, despite protestations otherwise, an unjustified war. I voted for Bush twice but If I had to do it over I would have voted for the a 3rd party candidate rather than have a part in some of what unfolded. At this point I can not support any of the other candidates running or proposed. Ron Paul is only one with a consistent constitution based record. And Ron Paul is only one really telling the truth and THAT goes a long way in securing thinking opened eyed conservatives. I think if republicans are going to win they better do more that get a new and improved version of a “Bush”. Ron Paul is is own man and will bring a flavor and honest furor among a WIDE range of voters if cut loose.

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