It is not secret that I am a supporter of Bernie Sanders. I like his thoughts on this country and how we can repair it from all the damage that both parties has done to it over the past several decades.
Unlike many who have a fave candidate and will go to great lengths to defend their positions on just about everything…..I will not…..In my opinion Sanders’ foreign policy is seriously flawed…..
2016 is being billed as the foreign policy election because so much is going on in the world that it would be hard to have this election without some debate on the best way forward in international situations and diplomacy.
Even though I am a supporter of Bernie I do have one area that I am concerned about……his foreign policy ideas.
Hopefully before the primaries begin he will clarify his stances for me and others with similar concerns.
I worry because of statements he has made recently……
On the use of military force……..
The Vermont senator says the United States should have the strongest military in the world. The U.S. should be prepared to act when it or its allies are threatened or in response to genocide.
“Yes, there are times when you have to use force. No question about it,” Sanders said. “But that should be a last resort.”
During his nearly 25 years in Congress, Sanders’ record on authorizing military force is mixed. He voted to send troops to Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But he voted against going to war with Iraq in 1991 and again in 2003.
That answer is troubling to me and I need him to clarify this…..is it trying to keep support, a campaign promise?
Then there is the drone program which is killing more civilians than the Pentagon is willing to acknowledge…..what is Bernie’s thoughts on drones?
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Sunday that if elected president he would not end the U.S.’s controversial drone program in the Middle East.
Sanders told ABC’s “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos that he would continue with the targeted killing campaign but suggested he would somehow reform the program so that drones don’t kill innocent people abroad.
This answer troubles me….just how does he think to limit civilian deaths from above?
Not something I would expect to hear from a Democratic Socialist…….but he is trying to win some primaries.
I will continue to support him against Clinton but I will worry about his world affairs outlook…..it is not a deal breaker for my support…..just a concern that I have as an analyst.
But I do ask…..If Bernie will not stand up to the War Party (GOP) then who?
And along that line of thought…..
So far it appears that war will win in the end of this election…..that is unless there is a change in attitude and thinking…..