Ron Paul said that American policymakers were at least partially at fault for the country being attacked on 9/11 during a discussion of foreign policy on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday.

Paul argued that the American military presence in Saudi Arabia – rather than ideological differences or anger over American prosperity – were motivation for the September 11 hijackers.

“Just remember that immediately after 9/11, we removed the base in Saudi Arabia, our policies definitely had an influence,” Paul said. “To argue the case they want to do us harm because we’re free and prosperous I think is a very dangerous notion, because it’s not true.”

Host Bob Schieffer then pressed Paul on whether that wasn’t the equivalent of blaming America for the attacks.

“If you have a flawed policy, that may have influenced it… that’s a far cry from blaming America,” Paul responded.

“So what you’re saying is that it was the government’s fault,” Schieffer then said.

“I’m saying the policymaker’s fault,” Paul responded. “[They] contributed to it, contributed to it.”

Paul went on to say that if he became president, he would pull troops out of overseas bases, arguing that submarines and long-range missiles would work just as well as deterrents.

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