Another sharp exchange occurred between Giuliani and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, the only major GOP candidate opposed to the war in Iraq. Paul was livid that the others would be willing to attack Iran -- without getting approval from Congress as Paul says the Constitution requires -- to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.19 thugs. 19 thugs?
"Why don't we just open up the Constitution and read it?" Paul asked. "If there is an imminent attack on us -- we've never had that happen in 220 years. The thought that the Iranians could pose an imminent attack on the United States is preposterous. This is just war propaganda ... preparing this nation to ... spread this war ... into Iran unconstitutionally. It is a road to disaster for us as a nation."
Repeating Paul's line that, "We've never had an enemy attack," Giuliani said, "I don't know where he was on Sept. 11."
"That was not a country -- that was 19 thugs," Paul interjected.
Giuliani fired back: "It was kind of organized in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and if we'd have known about it, maybe hitting a target there quickly might have helped prevent it."
I'm sorry but that is one of the most cognitively dissonant statements to come out of the debates on either side of politics.
If you're a libertarian then that's fine. I agree with a lot of that platform. However, to give uncritical support to Ron Paul, a man who has very little understanding of the wider world, means that you are completely non-serious in your political beliefs.