Ron Paul Labels Petraeus Hearings ‘Politicking’

LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – While several of his 2008 rivals spent the sixth anniversary of 9/11 in congressional panels debating the future of U.S. involvement in Iraq, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Republican presidential candidate, declared at a policy forum that the United States has “dug a hole for [itself]” in Iraq.

Paul described Iraq as a “preemptive war” saying it was a “planned invasion and occupation” of a “country that was no threat to us whatsoever.”

Part of the reasoning behind invading Iraq, Paul said, was “to have another excuse to keep the military industrial complex going.”

What might seem like bold rhetoric from the fiery Texas Republican on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks was actually nothing new for Paul: His assertions at the Johns Hopkins University discussion were consistent with his presidential platform and congressional career, both of which draw heavily from libertarian and constitutionalist ideals.

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