WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul was dismayed to discover that Rudy Giuliani will maintain his foreign policy ignorance and refuses to read the books recommended by Paul.
"I'm giving Giuliani a reading assignment," the Texas congressman said at his "Educating Rudy" press conference at the National Press Club. Paul stood with a stack of books and one of their authors which prove Paul's assertion that attacks by Islamic militants are fueled by the US presence in the Middle East.
The books on Paul's reading list include: "Blowback" by Chalmers Johnson which discusses unintended results of US foreign policy; "Dying to Win" by Robert Pape which finds that suicide bombers act only against an invading and occupying force; the 9/11 Commission Report which notes that bin Laden hated US troops in Saudi Arabia; and "Imperial Hubris" by Michael Scheuer.
The author of this last book, a former bin Laden analyst with the CIA, appeared at the press conference with Paul, and said US foreign policy is actually endangering America.
Giuliani was mayor of New York City when militants flew airliners into the World Trade Center, yet he steadfastly maintains his ignorance of foreign policy matters. He apparently is unable to read a book.
"I don't think he's qualified to be president," Paul said of Giuliani. "If he was to read the books and report back to me…I would reconsider."
Paul was unfairly attacked during last week's presidential debate for Republican candidates when front-runner Giuliani ridiculed his statement that US policies and its soldiers in the Middle East have contributed to the 911 attacks.
"I don't think I've ever heard that before," Giuliani said to hysterical applause.
Paul is a rationalist and wants a restricted US foreign policy, an end to the war in Iraq and a reduction in foreign troop levels. He voted against the Iraq war resolution and also seeks the end of the Homeland Security Department and a reduced role for the Federal Reserve, policies which are widely applauded.
Paul won the debates according to polls, yet continues to face extensive censorship from biased neoconservative-controlled media.