Campaigning in Iowa, Ron Paul slammed using drone strikes to kill terrorists including Anwar al-Awliki, and then made this curious statement.

“Nobody will ever dare attack us,” Paul said. “They’re not about to invade this country any time soon.”

Really? Nobody will ever dare to attack us? Is that your final answer?

Then what happened in September 11, 2001?

Or on February 26, 1993?

Or on November 5, 2009 at Ft. Hood? Or the other lethal attacks on US military recruiting centers? What about the dozens of attacks that have been thwarted over the years?

Haven’t we already been attacked, several times?

Or is Ron Paul suggesting that something else happened?

It’s either that, or his misunderstanding of the terrorist threat is fundamental and not fixable.

Update: On the 1993 WTC bombing, we have an answer…

Whether [the 1993 World Trade Center bombing] was a setup by the Israeli Mossad, as a Jewish friend of mine suspects, or was truly a retaliation by the Islamic fundamentalists, matters little.

1 – That’s simultaneously clever and insane. 2 – It would matter a whole lot if the Mossad staged a terrorist attack on US soil.