Checking Paul on Attack Claims
Statements by U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Lake Jackson,have drawn plenty of attention since PolitiFact was born in 2007. (The Austin American-Statesman’s Politifact Texas launched in 2010.) KUT’s Nathan Bernier talked with the Statesman’s Gardner Selby about some of the GOP presidential hopeful’s statements, including one that asserts suicide attacks against U.S. interests are way, way up since Sept. 11, 2001
PolitiFact searched all suicide attacks committed against the United States or its allies before and after 9/11. That means not limited to al Qaeda attacks but also those carried out by Afghan rebels, Hezbollah, Iraqi rebels, Pakistani militants, even Uzbek rebels. The database says 1,844 suicide attacks against the United States and its allies, just 10 of them before 9/11.
You can hear the interview by clicking the audio player above.