I've been waiting for quite a while for Ron Paul to just come out and admit he's a 9/11 truther. Frankly, I thought it would happen a long time before now. It has taken so long, in fact, that I had started to doubt whether he would ever do it. However, I guess his Iowa polling numbers must have him feeling his oats, because he finally let slip (apologies to those who cannot view the video in IE, we are working to fix the technical issue. Original video may be found here):
And it's... just think of what happened after 9/11. Immediately, before there was any assessment, there was glee in the administration because now we can invade Iraq. So the war drums beat...
Perfect. Just great. Remember that the less crazy truthers out there don't get bogged down in scientific nonsense like "fire can't melt steel." They don't necessarily believe that the Bush administration actually put bombs in the WTC to help it come down (although they're not precisely ruling it out). What they DO believe is that the U.S. government was warned by the Israelis/Saudis/French/whoever that the attacks were coming and deliberately ignored it because they wanted 9/11 to happen so they could go to war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Ron Paul has now moved from saying that 9/11 was our fault (which was despicable enough) to now saying that it's something our government actually wanted to happen. Put this up there with Ron Paul's belief that Southeast Asia got much better after we left Vietnam (a viewpoint doubtless shared by millions of massacred Southeast Asians - but hey, at least we trade with Vietnam now) on the all time list of Ron Paul's contemptible and publicly-expressed beliefs. Add to this the fact that Ron Paul is a liar and a hypocrite on spending, who has built a career larding up appropriations bills with pork for his home district and then casting meaningless votes against their final passage, and I have to confess that I don't really see the appeal of Ron Paul to Iowa voters. Well, the Republican ones, at least.