Citizens need to know and understand the foreign policy backgrounds and positions of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. The U.S. has spent trillions on wars and foreign "interventions"in pursuit of geopolitical goals in the Middle East, supported by Hillary, not supported by Bernie. The result of those trillions spent is hundreds of thousands dead, unimaginable pain and suffering, great destruction and environmental degradation, and refugees on a scale not seen since WWll. The result is also much more hate and instability. With Hillary's enthusiastic support, the U.S. spent trillions to make the U.S. and the world less safe.
THE COST OF WAR/THE COST OF HILLARY'S FOREIGN POLICY
"Senator Sanders believes that the test of a great and powerful nation is not how many wars it can engage in, but how it can resolve international conflicts in a peaceful manner."
Bernie has traveled widely demonstrating great interest in foreign policy
“I am not running for president to pursue reckless adventures abroad, but to rebuild America’s strength at home,” he said. “I will never hesitate to defend this nation, but I will never send our sons and daughters to war under false pretense, or pretenses about dubious battles with no end in sight.”“
“While the U.S. and other western nations have the strength of our militaries and political systems, the fight against ISIS is a struggle for the soul of Islam, and countering violent extremism and destroying ISIS must be done primarily by Muslim nations—with the strong support of their global partners,”
“Our response must begin with an understanding of past mistakes and missteps in our previous approaches to foreign policy,” he said. “It begins with the acknowledgment that unilateral military action should be a last resort, not a first resort, and that ill-conceived military decisions, such as the invasion of Iraq, can wreak far-reaching devastation and destabilization over regions for decades. It begins with the reflection that the failed policy decisions of the past—rushing to war, regime change in Iraq or toppling Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran in 1953: Mossadegh was the president. The CIA and others got rid of him, to protect British petroleum interests. The Shah of Iran came in, a brutal dictator, and he was thrown out by the Islamic revolution, and that is where we are in Iran today.
“Decisions have consequences, often unintended consequences,” he continued. “So whether it was Saddam Hussein, or Mossadegh, or Guatemalan president Árbenz in 1954, Brazilian president Goulart in 1964, Chilean president Allende in 1973—this type of regime change. This type of overthrowing governments we may not like, often does not work, often makes a bad and difficult decision even worse. These are lessons we must learn.”
The above excerpts are from Bernie's Georgetown University speech, when he explained what democratic socialism meant for him as written in:
transcript of Georgetown University speech
excerpt from Bernie's speech before the Iraq war
"Fifth, I am concerned about the problems of so-called unintended consequences. Who will govern Iraq when Saddam Hussein is removed and what role will the U.S. play in ensuing a civil war that could develop in that country? Will moderate governments in the region who have large Islamic fundamentalist populations be overthrown and replaced by extremists? Will the bloody conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority be exacerbated? And these are just a few of the questions that remain unanswered."
BERNIE SANDERS FOREIGN POLICY
1. He was against the Iraq war (but he's not a pacifist)
Sanders has highlighted his opposition to the war in Iraq throughout the campaign as a way to draw a distinction with his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
"I don't think you are qualified if you have voted for the disastrous war in Iraq," he told supporters in Philadelphia last week.
As a member of the House of Representatives, Sanders also opposed the first Gulf War. But as cautious as he is about sending U.S. forces into combat, Sanders has not always opposed military intervention.
He supported the invasion of Afghanistan after the attacks on September 11, 2001. And he voted in favor of NATO bombing during the Balkans War.
"The Balkans worked because it was internationally sanctioned and there was a plan for what to do when we got rid of Milosevic," said Sanders foreign policy adviser Lawrence Korb.
2. He sees foreign policy through an economic lens
When talking about foreign policy, Sanders often injects an economic note. This might be seen as a diversion — a way of changing the subject to more familiar ground. Or it could simply be a sign that Sanders' views on many subjects are colored by an overriding concern with economic well-being.
"Bernie Sanders' foreign policy views are shaped by the lens of the economy," said Elizabeth Saunders, a visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. "He views most issues through the lens of economics and inequality."
"I am not running for president to pursue reckless adventures abroad, but to rebuild America's strength at home," Sanders told an audience at Georgetown University last November. "Nobody understood better than Franklin Delano Roosevelt the connection between American strength at home and our ability to defend America around the world."
In Sanders' view, poverty and income inequality undermine America's status as a superpower. And while he agrees the battle against ISIS must be waged, he argues wealthy Muslim nations should play a larger role.
"Countries in the region, like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the [United Arab
Emirates], countries of enormous wealth and resources, have contributed far too little in the fight against ISIS," Sanders said. "That must change."
3. He's like Ike
Foreign policy adviser Korb sees Sanders following in the footsteps of an earlier president: Dwight Eisenhower. The midwestern military hero might seem an unlikely role model for the Brooklyn-born Democratic Socialist. But Korb, who served as assistant defense secretary in the Reagan Administration, notes Eisenhower, like Sanders, was wary of the growing military-industrial complex. He knew that every federal dollar spent on guns was a dollar that couldn't be devoted to butter, or other domestic needs.
"His proudest accomplishment is the Interstate Highway System," Korb said of Eisenhower. "He basically told the military these are the things we have to do to be strong at home. And if we're not strong at home, we're not going to win this battle with the Soviet Union."
Why Isn't Bernie Sanders's Superior Foreign-Policy Judgment a Decisive Edge?The Vermont senator seems far less likely to start a war of choice as president, but that doesn’t seem to count for much in the Democratic primary.
Better judgment is what’s needed, not candidates with ‘experience’ who are calling for more of the same policies in the Middle East that led to war
Bernie Sanders Is More Serious on Foreign Policy Than You Think
Hillary wrote in a Washington Post 9/4/14 editorial:
"I was proud to help the president begin reimagining and reinforcing the global order..."
Kissinger is a friend, and I relied on his counsel when I served as secretary of state."
A comment by Robert Kagan, a notable neocon, and husband of Hillary's appointee, Victoria Nuland who orchestrated the Ukraine disaster:
“I feel comfortable with her on foreign policy,” Mr. Kagan said, adding that the next step after Mr. Obama’s more realist approach “could theoretically be whatever Hillary brings to the table” if elected president. “If she pursues a policy which we think she will pursue,” he added, “it’s something that might have been called neocon, but clearly her supporters are not going to call it that; they are going to call it something else.”
The Next Act of the Neocons
Are Neocons Getting Ready to Ally With Hillary Clinton?
Hillary's appointee, Victoria Nuland, and an overview of how hawkish the State Department and Congressional Democrats are:
Ukraine oligarch ‘top cash contributor’ to Clinton Foundation prior to Kiev crisis
Hillary and Libya
Hillary/Libya in typical CounterPunch style
Hillary Is the Candidate of the War Machine
How Hillary Clinton Became a Hawk
Throughout her career she has displayed instincts on foreign policy that are more aggressive than those of President Obama — and most Democrats.
Hillary enables Honduran coup 2009
Hillary Clinton sold out Honduras: Lanny Davis, corporate cash, and the real story about the death of a Latin American democracy
Hillary Clinton’s Response To Honduran Coup Was Scrubbed From Her Paperback Memoir
HILLARY AND SYRIA
again Hillary Clinton w/ more insight on provoking Syrian conflict
In 2012 there was a UN brokered plan, Geneva l communique, but Secretary of State Clinton undermined the agreement by insisting that Assad must go first. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/syria-conference-fails-to-specify-plan-for-assad/2012/06/30/gJQAsPfeEW_story.html http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/10/the-syria-deal-that-could-have-been/280274
The graph clearly shows the huge growth in number of refugees AFTER the 2012 UN brokered peace plan was undermined by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisting that Assad must go FIRST.
Madeleine Albright is a close advisor to Hillary. and was President Bill Clinton's Secretary of State. The below question/answer shows Hillary values: Lesley Stahl: "We have heard that half a million children have died [due to sanctions against Iraq]. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?" Madeleine Albright: "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price — we think the price is worth it."