World Affairs Brief, January 18, 2008. Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World.

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A lot of Ron Paul supporters were disappointed by Ron’s failure to defend them against the poisonous trap/questions posed to him about 9/11 conspiracy theories (in both the Glen Beck interview and the latest Michigan debate). Ron, obviously trying to evade being labeled a “conspiracy theorist” –the whole purpose behind these questions–said he did not believe the government was behind the attacks. Many who have joined the movement because no establishment candidate will listen to their challenges felt betrayed by Ron’s lack of knowledge on the subject and his blanket rejection. I talked to Ron’s campaign manager Lew Moore and he is aware of the disappointment and feels bad about it. He assured me that Ron has mentioned on numerous other occasions that if elected, he would open a new investigation and make sure that the 9/11 Truth Movement is represented.

Clearly, the Ron Paul campaign has made a tactical decision to avoid openly siding with the conspiracy issue, but it should be enough for his supporters to know that he would support an open investigation. He could have said that, citing the numerous flaws in the 9/11 Commission Report, as he has before in lesser venues, but in the heat of being pressed about it on national TV, he failed to do so. In one CNN poll, a whopping 89% indicated they believe the US Government was covering something up in 9/11. That doesn’t mean they believe in a major conspiracy (which takes a lot of courage and knowledge to defend) but it does show to what degree people realize the government is covering for something.