In other words it didn’t make any difference that our forces were in Saudi Arabia and what Ron Paul said was al-Qaeda propaganda.
Al-Qaeda, and most Saudis want a Wahabi caliphate in Saudi Arabia. You know, like the Taliban, is that what Ron Paul wants?
Who knows how important it was to OBL that the US military maintained bases on Islamic "holy land"...it may well have been propanganda that AQ was able to exploit. No one is arguing that AQ isn't selectively exploiting examples of American intervention in the middle east that it knows will resonate with Muslims while ignoring American policies that could be described as pro-Muslim (intervention in Kosovo for one). All that only proves that intervention is almost always thankless and usually costs much more than one would have intially thought.
And really...if Wahabbis assumed control in Saudi Arabia and the US government had no military presence in the region...who knows what the long term effects would be on the American people, if any? Central government planning...whether domestically or in foreign affairs seems to provide endless examples of unforseen consequences and results exactly the opposite of what the government was ostensibly trying to accomplish. If you don't trust the US government to run the US economy or the American healthcare system...what makes you think it will be able to successfully manage the geopolitics of a region on the other side of the world? The Taliban to which you refer is a perfect example. The Taliban is a mortal enemy of Iran...another spoke in the Axis of Evil. The US did quite a favor to Iran...taking out two of its mortal enemies in the Taliban and Saddam...now the US tells us that Iran is a serious threat to the American people...of course, after the US government invaded Iraq because it was thought to be weak and potentially subject to be taken over by Iran...5 years later...3000 dead Americans and half a trillion American taxpayer dollars later, we have only strengthened Iran's role in Iraq to the extent that the US government requires Iran's help in trying to get some contriol over the country. Iraq is just one more example of how government foreign policy "experts" find that all their best laid plans didn't work out as they thought...just as seemingly always happens to the plans and policies of government's domestic policy "experts."
Do you know what country was the world's largest provider of foreign aid to the Taliban government in 2001? That's right...the US government...or more accurately, you and me and the rest of the American taxpayers...$125mm to the Taliban...sent over practically right up until 9/11.