Ron Paul hates your war 

And his eyes are upon you! (ap photo)

Do you remember when Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas said U.S. foreign policy was to blame for the 2001 terrorist attacks and the world (or, Rudy Giuliani) went totally scary crackers on him? That was such a simpler time.

Paul still reliably turns up on cable and elsewhere to speak his truth, but it's less incendiary now because no one is technically running for president. His remarks don't make much news, but you have to wonder what old Rudy would say now. From Paul's appearance today on CNN:

"Everybody is talking about war on terrorism and -- and a lot of us have come to the conclusion that terrorism is a tactic and you can't declare war on a tactic and just what are we doing?" Paul said. "How far do we expand this when -- when the declaration of war against terrorism and radical Islam -- I mean it's endless."

Paul takes a dim view of President Obama's handling of the war on terrorism, as it's still known in some quarters. But he also had some verbal stink-eye for former Vice President Dick Cheney, a regular critic of the current White House on national security issues.

"I think he had his eight years and he's caused a lot of trouble for our country and he perpetuated a war in Iraq that was unnecessary and wrong-headed. So I would say that it would be best he not be so critical right now," Paul said.

"You know, after 9/11, 14 or 15 of the terrorists came from Saudi Arabia. I mean we didn't attack Saudi Arabia, we attacked Iraq. So it -- it doesn't make sense."

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