Saturday, December 19, 2015

Breaking News: Bernie Sanders Didn't Vote for the Iraq War

As noted in my last post, Bernie isn't all that comfortable discussing foreign policy-other than maybe climate change.

When he is forced to discuss ISIS he right away mentions the little known fact that he didn't vote for the Iraq war-and, of course, Hillary Clinton did. 

Obviously, I'm being ironic-Bernie mentions this every time ISIS is mentioned. 

"After Clinton defended instituting a no-fly zone over Syria, Sanders brought up Clinton's vote to go to war in Iraq over a decade ago to contrast their foreign policies."

"Our differences are fairly deep on this issue," Sanders said. "We disagreed on the war in Iraq. ... I say this with due respect, I worry that Secretary Clinton is too much into regime change and too aggressive without knowing what the unintended consequences could be." After bringing up Iraq again as well as Libya, Sanders continued: "Yes, we could get rid of Assad tomorrow, but that would create another political vacuum that would benefit ISIS. ... Getting rid of dictators is easy, but you have to think of what will come after."

Clinton shot back: “With all due respect, senator, you voted for regime change in Libya. ... All of these are very difficult issues. I know that, I've been dealing with that for a very long time.”

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That's another thing Bernie never stops saying-'My differences with the Secretary here is quite deep...'

But HRC is right, it's not like Bernie is Noam Chomsky who is always against the use of American power. 

Overall, it's pretty obvoiuis why Hillary has such a big lead against Bernie on foreign policy-to say nothing of the GOP candidates. 

For the Republicans, being tough is mostly just either cracking down on Muslims-for the Trump-Cruz wing-or ground troops and regime change in the Rubio-Christie wing. HRC though actually has a strategy that is about more than sounding tough-it's actually dealing with the problem.

Her experience as Secretary of Sate obviously qualifies her more than anyone in the field in either party. 

But when you come to it, she's mostly running on a platform to do what President Obama is doing but maybe a little tougher. This again, is the nature of running for President rather than being President. 

UPDATE: Oops, he did it again. When asked about his support for the Afghanistan war, Bernie responded by reminding everyone that he didn't vote for the Iraq war. 

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