Bernie Sanders’ Elephant in the Room

October 14, 2015   |   Nick Bernabe

Op-Ed by Nick Bernabe
September 21, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) San Diego, CA —America’s new favorite populist has a foreign policy problem one his loyal supporters continually downplay and war-loving Republicans have declined to criticize. Before Bernie Sanders supporters simply dismiss this article as a hit-job on the candidate, however, they should remember that criticizing one’s chosen candidate is not a disservice to him. In fact, it might even help him understand how his followers feel about the issues that matter to them.

Think back to the #BlackLivesMatter interruption of Sanders’ campaign event in Seattle and his subsequent actions to further incorporate racial inequality issues into his platform. Also remember that many Sanders supporters prematurely condemned the action taken by black activists without even knowing the full story. Don’t let reactive feelings scare you into not questioning your candidate. You can improve his platform by criticizing it.

That being said, the self-described “democratic-socialist” tends to backhandedly support the American empire, a seemingly habitual system that is markedly antithetical to socialist political philosophy. “No!” you may say. “Bernie is anti-war!” Unfortunately, his voting record does not align with this assertion.

Bernie supported Clinton’s war in Kosovo

In 1999, Bill Clinton, along with Hillary and a bipartisan coalition of neoliberal humanitarian war mongers and neoconservative war profiteers, decided to overthrow the government of Kosovo. The U.S.-led, NATO-backed regime change resulted in what many would argue is a situation similar to the one we see in modern day Libya (whose government Obama, with Hillary’s help, overthrew in 2011): a failed state, mass civilian casualties, and no improvement in the human experience. What was sold as a humanitarian bombing campaign in Kosovo turned into 5,000 dead civilians at the hands of the U.S. and its allies and an utterly decimated country, which continues to struggle with deep corruption and violence today.

Bernie Sanders voted in favor of this act of military aggression. The war powers resolution in question was so broad that it almost guaranteed war crimes would take place in Kosovo, but Bernie didn’t seem to mind those small details. His support for the resolution caused one of his closest advisers to quit working for him. In a heated resignation letter, Sanders adviser Jeremy Brecher penned the following:

“The House Resolution (S Con Res 21) of 4/29/99 which ‘authorizes the president of the United States to conduct military air operations and missile strikes in cooperation with the United States’ NATO allies against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia’ supports not only the current air war but also its unlimited escalation. It thereby authorizes the commission of war crimes, even of genocide. Indeed, the very day after that vote, the Pentagon announced that it would begin ‘area bombing,’ which the Washington Post (4/30/99) characterized as ‘dropping unguided weapons from B-52 bombers in an imprecise technique that resulted in large-scale civilian casualties in World War II and the Vietnam War.’

It was your vote in support of this resolution that precipitated my decision that my conscience required me to resign from your staff. I have tried to ask myself questions that I believe each of us must ask ourselves:

Is there a moral limit to the military violence you are willing to participate in or support? Where does that limit lie? And when that limit has been reached, what action will you take?”

If one of Sanders’ advisers knew the resolution was a major problem, then Bernie must have surely known as well — but he voted for it anyway. Sadly, Brecher was proven right in his analysis, and Sanders’ vote proved to be on the side of the Empire.

Many of Sanders’ loyal supporters were as irate over his vote as Brecher was. According to CounterPunch, “when antiwar activists occupied Sanders’ office in 1999 because of that support of Clinton’s war policies, he had them arrested.”

In Tuesday’s first Democratic debate, Sanders was asked if and when he would authorize the use of force by the U.S. military. With somewhat of an Orwellian bent, he said, “Well, obviously, I voted, when President Clinton said, ‘Let’s stop ethnic cleansing in Kosovo,’ I voted for that.” Sanders apparently does not regret his decision to support this act of war. In fact, he seems rather proud of it. But there’s more.

Bernie Sanders voted in favor of giving George Bush unilateral war powers following 9/11

Following the terror attacks on 9/11/2001, Bernie Sanders jumped on the “bomb anyone who threatens us” bandwagon, setting the stage for the president to invade Afghanistan and overthrow a country simply because several terrorists who resided there claimed responsibility for 9/11. The Taliban regime was overthrown, even though they had nothing to do with the terror attacks, and were, in fact, seen as peace-makers that brought an end to the U.S.-backed bloodshed that has ravaged the country for decades. As we know today with the tragic U.S. bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Bernie’s support for the war in Afghanistan helped enable the U.S. war machine to conduct perpetual warfare in the country, despite President Obama’s claims that the war is over. The quixotic mission against the Taliban is now showing itself to be completely in vain, with Taliban fighters easily recapturing lost territories that cost the lives of thousands of American soldiers and countless Afghani civilians. All signs now point to a permanent U.S. occupying force to prop-up whichever Western-backed regime is installed next.

Bernie Sanders voted against the Iraq War, then voted to fund it

According to CounterPunch, “In October 2002, after two years of war on the people of Afghanistan and a series of lies and misinformation, Congress and the White House (with help from Great Britain and a couple other governments) ignored the United Nations and world opinion and invaded Iraq. While Sanders voted against the original authorization to use military force against Iraq, he followed that vote with several subsequent votes authorizing funding of that war and the debacle in Afghanistan.”

Bernie made a noble stand against the Iraq War, but it served only a rhetorical purpose and did not substantiate valid opposition to the catastrophic Bush blunder. Bernie continues to pronounce his dissatisfaction with the war in Iraq while hyping his vote against it to this day. However, his campaign and his apologetic supporters make little of his vote to fund it.

Bernie Supports Israel’s right to defend its military occupation of Palestine

Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine is unanimously supported by Congress and the executive branch, as well as Sanders. Despite his slightly less radical rhetoric against the Palestinian people, Sanders’ voting record shows his full support of what many would call an apartheid regime in Israel. According to Mint Press News,

“Sanders made headlines in August, when a dialogue with pro-Palestine human rights activists at a Vermont town hall boiled over into frustration after Sanders chided Israel for its actions rather than condemning its many war crimes. The interaction occurred near the end of Israel’s brutal assault on the people of Gaza last summer, during which Israeli soldiers deliberately targeted hospitals and U.N. shelters and killed thousands of civilians. Last July, Sanders joined the rest of the U.S. Senate by unanimously voting to support Israel’s actions.”

The conversation was captured on video and is embedded below:

Currently, Bernie Sanders’ platform lacks any meaningful reform on foreign policy

In an interview with ABC at the end of August, Bernie Sanders indicated that he has no intention of ending the U.S. drone assassination program if elected president. The program, which is responsible for countless civilian deaths and the creation of blowback in the form of creating new terrorists, was started under George W. Bush and expanded under Obama. According to The Hill, “Sanders indicated that he would limit the use of drones so that they do not end up killing innocent people abroad, but declined to say that he would end the targeted killing campaign completely.”

“I think we have to use drones very, very selectively and effectively. That has not always been the case,” said Sanders.

However, Sanders did say he would attempt to limit the program’s civilian casualties though he didn’t say how he would accomplish that.

Bernie Sanders supports the United States’ military relationship with the human rights-destroying Saudi Arabia which uses American-supplied arms to violently crush democratic movements within its borders. Commenting on the Saudis’ role in combating radical Islam, he told Wolf Blitzer that “[T]his war is a battle for the soul of Islam and it’s going to have to be the Muslim countries who are stepping up. These are billionaire families all over that region. They’ve got to get their hands dirty. They’ve got to get their troops on the ground. They’ve got to win that war with our support. We cannot be leading the effort.”

He reiterated this stance in Tuesday’s first Democratic presidential debate. He also made it very clear that he is not opposed to military intervention in Syria, as long as it is spearheaded by a “coalition.” He made it clear that he is fine with the U.S. being a major part of that coalition. Essentially, he toed Obama’s line on Syria, stating he is against putting troops on the ground, but vowing his full support for the proxy war that has displaced 11 million and killed 300,000.

Sanders’ remarks show a clear naïvety on foreign affairs. Ironically, Saudi Arabia, which Bernie wants to support, is the single largest driver behind radical Islam in the world. In fact, ISIS itself is an out-of-control outgrowth of U.S.-Saudi policies in Iraq and Syria.

An essay published in the progressive blog TruthDig entitled, “Bernie Sanders’ Policy Backing Saudi Intervention Needs to Change Now” slams Bernie’s flawed support of the Saudis:

“In discussing ISIS, Sanders invariably has talked about Saudi Arabia as the solution rather than a large part of the problem. It’s couched in language that seems somewhat critical, but the upshot is we need more Saudi influence and intervention in the region. In effect, more and bigger proxy wars, which have already taken the lives of hundreds of thousands in Syria and could even further rip apart Iraq, Libya and other countries.”

The essay further questions Sanders’ logic:

“Why should a U.S. progressive be calling for more intervention by the Saudi monarchy? Really, we want Saudi troops in Syria and Iraq and Libya and who knows where else? You’d think that perhaps someone like Sanders would say that we have to break our decades-long backing of the corrupt Saudi regime—but no, he wants to dramatically accelerate it.”

Saudi Arabia, along with a U.S.-backed coalition of Gulf states, is currently entangled in the Yemeni Civil War. The Saudis have been accused of multiple war crimes in Yemen and recently bombed two weddings in a matter of 10 days, killing up to 160 innocent people.

At the time of writing this article, 11 days after the U.S. bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, candidate Sanders has failed to mention it, let alone condemn it. While many critics have called the incident a likely war crime, Bernie remains deafeningly silent on the issue.

My hope is that this criticism of Bernie Sanders’ foreign policy track record will help the candidate come to terms with his previous failures — and make room for him move closer to a truly anti-war, anti-interventionist platform the one he currently claims to adhere to.


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Author: Nick Bernabe

Nick Bernabe founded Anti-Media in May of 2012. His topics of interest include civil liberties, the drug war, economic justice, foreign policy, geopolitics, government corruption, the police state, politics, propaganda, and social justice. He currently resides in Chula Vista, California, where he was born and raised.

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  1. Great article, though I will still support Bernie over clinton. I might support O'Mally over Sanders but he has yet to make much of an impression.

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  2. Good article. It should be noted that voting against the Iraq war and then voting to fund it is in keeping with Bernie's support of veterans. If we're sending them to war, they need to be funded.

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  3. I don't think that Sanders is naïve regarding foreign affairs. It would be comforting to think so. But I think he is exactly what he appears to be: an empire-supporting politician.

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  4. The government spending that Bernie advocates for is enforced by threat of violence (IRS armed thugs). So he is not anti-violence. He'll gladly use government violence to force civilians into his policies.

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  5. O'malley is a Mitt Romney/Santorum-like Republican. Same exact talking points. Hell, same body language too.

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  6. Are you then in support of Hillary? Or one of the Republicans? Remember, SOMEBODY will take the bully pulpit in '16.

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  7. Listing what he voted for is all fine & dandy, but can someone please show me poof that he was voting for his own personal views, and not the majority views of his constituency? I think (based primarily on bad information) the majority of the country agreed with these decisions in the past. I researched the people who protested the Kosovo mess, and 25 people were there in his office, 15 were arrested. How many times have people protested things in those numbers because they disagreed? That is a lot of his loyal supporters? In the grand scheme of things, no. And how many of us blindly agreed to go to Iraq after 9/11? The majority. So until someone can prove to me that this is what he personally wanted and that he will continue with that line of thinking, and never exhibit change, then this argument is kind of moot. If we are pointing fingers on who voted for what, let's take a look at how all of the other candidates voted on all the issues we care about. No candidate is perfect, end of story. All we can hope for is that the majority of Americans wake up and demand justice, equality and in general "what's right", then the sheep will continue to be sheep & the rest of us suffer along with them.

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  8. the IRS is fine, I'm sure they do what they do because of centuries of people trying to get out of paying taxes. it's the billionaire's taking the money out of America and putting it in foreign countries, as well as outsourcing jobs, that is the true travesty of justice in this country.

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  9. another critical article showing the negative side of a candidate, while not giving any viable alternative.

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  10. i am no bernie fan but i have a hard time accepting the premise that stopping genocide is an act of aggression

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  11. Gabe Johnston when you come out of the gate lying to me about free college, free healthcare and want to grow the government exponentially, i have a hard time believing you want whats best for me

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  12. Well done. There will be some major pushback on this truth-telling. I support you and am glad someone has finally had the balls to compile the very serious flaws in Sanders' shtick of the 'populist'. He is not popular with me and these reasons are precisely why I cannot support him. My vote is going for the only candidate who has addressed these foreign policy/military issues: Dr. Jill Stein. She (and other candidates) who were NOT Democrats were left out of the debate. Wonder why? As Jerry Garcia said: "voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil." Not anymore.

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  13. He voted to end ETHNIC CLEANSING IN KOSOVO… the commander in chief at the time is responsible for the needless casualties. Bernie did what was right.

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  14. "Sanders won the CNN focus group, the Fusion focus group, and the Fox News focus group – in the latter, he even converted several Hillary supporters. He won the Slate online poll, the CNN/Time online poll, 9News Colorado, The Street online poll, Fox5 poll, the conservative Drudge online poll and the liberal Daily Kos online poll. There wasn’t, to this writer’s knowledge, a poll he didn’t win by at least an 18 point margin. But you wouldn’t know this from reading the establishment press. The New York Times, The New Yorker, CNN, Politico, Slate, New York Magazine, and Vox all of which unanimously say Hillary Clinton cleaned house. What gives?" TruthDig

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  15. Seth Meyer We obviously disagree if one should be paying taxes. It's another argument altogether if it's legal to be taxed as an average citizen according to U.S. law. ( It is illegal in the that context. ) Nick pointed out deep rooted hypocrisy within all levels of our system. Sure they say or do this ( bernie included. ), but never address the "true travesties" as you so eloquently put it….Hilariously enough you even grasp the point, it's economic extraction in our policies and infrastructure. However you seem to think it's other slaves paying taxes or some guy in a tesla who's screwing you. It's not my friend. It's the same people who obviously support and instituted such a flawed corrupt system and reap the benefits while feeding you lies.

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  16. this is all spot on. the Democratic party is not the answer. Vote Green.

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  17. Well, she was left out because it's the Democrats debate, and she's not a Democrat… I mean, sure, if she's polling high enough, there should be a chance for her to get in on some hot debate action as well, but I think that's more a flaw in the wider system. The two parties arrange the debates, the major news media covers them, I imagine bickering and back room deals are involved as well. If the Green Party wants a debate, I think it's on them to make noise and get one. While I don't think I'll be voting Green (as Kang said, "Go ahead, throw your vote away!"), but I'd also watch their debate if it was on. Just seems a bit silly to complain about not-Democrats not being on the Democrat debate…

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  18. George Matt Bowles It doesnt need to. The author saw it necessary to give a different narrative on Bernie's past. If you get educated on all of the candidates, you need no alternative given to you. You will know the viable alternative yourself.

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  19. Steven Drucker what do you mean lying about free college and free healthcare?
    You know it's a thing right?

    Every other modern society has free healthcare, and the good ones offer free education.
    What ever happened to America being the best country on earth?
    Honestly, to me, a non-American… The US is one of the last places I would want to go. It seems like a shit hole tbh

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  20. I mean, not really. The public wanted to go to war and the government made it happen. It'd be shitty not to get soldiers and veterans what they needed to survive during and after.

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  21. O'Malley is running more progressive right now than his previous voting record. Not to say that a person should be penalized for changing their mind.

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  22. Bingo. 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered in Bosnia and another 25,000 were forced out of the country. If we're going to intervene anywhere at all, let it be for circumstances like that. I'd have voted the same way.

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  23. I really think all of the readers and commenters on this article should take this with a grain of salt. It's all pretty misleading except for the Israeli support. Do some research.

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  24. All websites like this stand do to is sit around and cry about how no one is ever good enough and everything is so awful. This article seriously stretches the truth to fit a certain narrative. There comes a time when you need to grow up, stop being anti-everything, and actually take a stand to make the world a better place. Bernie Sanders will make a fine president.

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  25. Nooooope. The greens are some of the most senselessly opportunistic politicians that I've ever come across.

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  26. This article contains a major factual error concearning the US lead war of 1999. in the Balkans. It was not the case of overthrowing the government of Kosovo because Kosovo never existed as a country. The war was lead against Serbia (then Yugoslavia) where NATO occupied and separated from Serbia a region (Kosovo) and installed there a puppet regime. Just sayin'.

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  27. Andrés Antonio Nicolás Valenzuela Of course nothing is free. But also true that not everybody is able to contribute to society, right? Children, elder, disabled, war veterans. That's no reason to not provide them with health, fodd, shelter. Are you really having this conversation in 2015? Just go to Canada. Hell, come to Portugal: we are poor, but you are welcome to any of ower hospitals to an emergency.

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  28. This isn't such an elephant in the room, Sanders himself acknowledged more than half of the things you mention in this article during the debate two days ago.

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  29. Okay, did this report write that the "Taliban were seen as peace-makers"?? By whose standard, Hitler??? Did he read a single article or better yet, visit Afghanistan under the Taliban when they were committing mass murder of the Afghani people and aiding and housing terrorists for money? I am from Afghanistan and knowing this citation is factually wrong and immoral, I have to question the validity of other examples in this article. In this one example, he has twisted events and blatantly lied about the situation in Afghanistan and has drawn ridiculous conclusion that the end result of the Afghanistan war is Bernie Sander's fault. Never mind that the Bush Administration completely fucked up the war campaign because they were too busy fighting the Iraqis and fought the war in Afghanistan on the "cheap" which was the catalyst for so many of the F-ups that occurred. Never mind that Obama has yielded to pressure to end the war, short sightedly, leaving that country to become another hot bed for terror groups like the Taliban.

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  30. Exactly! This guy has really done a number on twisting the truth. See my comment about his Afghanistan example where he has straight up lied.

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  31. I agree that we don't get to vote for candidates that really would make a difference but I would rather vote for the lesser evil because the alternative is worse. Regarding this article, I know for a fact (see my comment) that is reference to the Afghanistan war is wrong and he las twisted the truth into a blatant lie, drawing on conclusions that are also lies. I cannot confirm the other references but if this is any indication, then I would question the rest also. Or at least do some research.

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  32. Andrés Antonio Nicolás Valenzuela You're right, nothing is free. By the way, how much tax did you pay last year?

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  33. Paulo Nunes you do realize you can give to these people all you want without a government holding a gun to your head, right?

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  34. "The US is one of the last places I would want to go. It seems like a shit hole tbh"

    funny thats how i feel about the new middle east….

    …err i mean europe

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  35. Matt Ogre Williams Really? 'seems silly'? where else will they debate? given that they are on the left (at least) seems like this wonderful, progressive party would be open to Green Party and other non-Republican candidates anyway.As far as throwing MY vote away? What do you think happens every, single election cycle?

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  36. Mariam Es-Haq So, in view of your observations of the coverage of the Afghan "war" (invasion/occupation); what is YOUR truth? It's great that your conscience is clear and the path to 'rather vote for the lesser evil because the alternative is worse' comment resolves that for you!

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  37. Tom Snow – Because it's not "free". What he should be saying is "I'll give you college on someone else's dime"

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  39. What about Sanders nuking the "Audit The Fed Bill" with Ron Paul? He says wonderful things, just like Obama, but that doesn't mean he'll act on any of them.

    What do you call a person who lies to your face, then does the exact opposite? A politician.

    Watch Dr. Paul describe what Bernie did. So much for being against banks as he supports the largest, most powerful bank in this country, The Federal Reserve System – which is an international banking cabal and not a federal institution. Might as well call it The People's Bank of China because they're both equally as American.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-8fg6kSqnk

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  40. So now that they funded "the soldiers" over and over, our veterans get great care now? I'm assuming this must be correct, otherwise we've been had again.

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  41. https://berniesanders.com/issues/
    https://berniesanders.com/issues/war-and-peace/

    Many of these votes listed here he justifies his votes because the votes are never on just one issue. He did vote to go into Afghanistan, voted against going into Iraq. He voted to go into Kosovo as part of UN peacekeeping. He believes both Palestine and Israel should exist. The funding he votes for he often votes for because it includes funding for other things that need it, like veterans health for example

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  42. @Steven Drucker
    There is a revolution coming man, I don't deny that.
    Money on that scale though… 16 trillion dollars of debt. It doesn't work the same way your mortgage does.
    Debts don't matter for countries like the US. It's fearmongering, similar to what the current Aus government did to get elected..talking about our "debt crisis" LOL.
    The reason the US is in such debt is because y'all have allowed the money to be extracted from your economy for sooooo long by all the wars going on around the world.

    @Soundwave Ryan and @Andres Antonio
    To address the concerns of "nothing is free"… in socialism, everybody contributes through high taxes. These taxes are used EFFICIENTLY by a GOOD government that uses the money in the INTERESTS of the PEOPLE.
    Education is always in the interests of the people. So is health care. War isn't… (how much do you guys spend on war atm? relative to education? healthcare?)

    America has it's priorities out of whack and it's sad to see because it will destroy the world!
    When shit eventually hits the fan, I'm gonna go live in the forest; what's your plan? 🙂

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  43. Tom Snow look up greece. it works just like that.

    And you're right. Some of it is the money we sink into defense, foreign aid and wars. Some of it is entitlements we paid into and politicians "borrowed" from and never paid back (that 16 trillion dollar debt thing again) like social security and medicare. Some of it was new entitlements that was supposed to help the economy and wound up costing billions more (i.e. obamacare).

    As it is right now, defense and military spending is 3rd on the budget behind medical, and (social security, unemployment and labor – (this is one category))

    coming in in 4th place is interest on debt. Now let's just pretend a second you're right and a country can not go bankrupt. Look at the chart i provided. See the 10 things that are on the chart but a smaller percentage to debt like science,and veterans benefits? what happens to them if spending on debt goes down? their budget goes up. My point being is there is still a cost.

    http://news.sciencemag.org/funding/2015/02/money-chase-2016-u-s-budget-out-today-be-ready-six-chart-primer-science-spending

    Finally, on defense and being the worlds policeman, i can tell you as someone who reads comments from europians, russians, the chinese and australians on the interwebs from time to time that it's definitely a thankless job. I think it's one we'd happily give up so let's make a deal. We'll stay home and make shit and sell it and make fun of canadians if you guys stop genocide from time to time, build up your own armies to defend yourselves (wait to see how your defense spending skyrockets to fill the void) and generally don't attack our ships or blow up our naval bases when you fuck up and all go to war?

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  44. "when you fuck up and all go to war"

    when i say this i more mean europe than australia (i cant think of too many world wars you guys started 🙂 ) but you know what i mean im sure

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  45. Bonnie J. Caracciolo, my views are not simply based on the "coverage" of the Afghan war. I'm originally from there, experienced the Russian war, escaped, came to the U.S., followed events in Afghanistan through updates from family and family friends and those covered by the U.S. media and others during the time when most people had long forgotten about the country after the Soviet withdrawal and the U.S. and our allies left it in a state of anarchy, in-fighting, and collapse of any form of a society, lending to the takeover of the country by savage barbarian murders backed by money provided by groups we now call terrorists, whom this author calls peace-makers, the Taliban. Translation, don't fuck with me on this subject because without knowing you, I can confidently say I know a bit more than you do about this subject. Do some research (which doesn't include watching "coverage" on TV) so you can find "your truth" that works for you before posting snarky ignorant remarks. Once you do some reading on the subject, you will realize that this author is twisting the truth so much that it is a blatant lie. The liberals in America (myself included) hate Bush for his war mongering post 9/11 which to a large extent is warranted because we didn't have to go into Iraq. However, most of these same folks know nothing about Afghanistan and lump it with Iraq and conclude that we shouldn't have gone into either war and the people of those countries never wanted our help or as this author has tried to make the case that the Taliban of Afghanistan had nothing to do with Bin Laden. That is simply not true in Afghanistan. The Taliban were murdering thousands of people in Afghanistan while aiding and abetting Bin Laden when 9/11 happened killing 3000+ Americans. As a result, believe it or not, George Bush is celebrated in Afghanistan for helping to remove the Taliban. Shocking anyone would celebrate Bush but I can see why. The direction the war in Afghanistan has taken has nothing to do with the argument that we should have never invaded and everything to do with a badly planned, badly managed and badly funded war. We could have done things right over there and gain an ally. But we fucked things up so bad as we often do that when we leave in 2016, the country isn't stable enough to fight against the Taliban or now ISIS infiltration. All of the above has NOTHING to do with Bernie Sander's vote to invade Afghanistan and everything to do with piss poor execution by the Bush and Obama administrations. No politician is innocent or perfect and I'll be the first to call it out but not when the author is lying to make his point.

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  46. Mariam Es-Haq not sure that you know what i know either, Mariam. i do know that i didnt use terms like "ignorance" and "snarky" but okay, that says more about you than me. we had NO business going into Iraq as a response to the events in NYC on 9/11. the fact that time does not stand still and, just yesterday, the Obama Adminstration revealed they intended to leave some 5,000 or so US troops in your homeland is telling. don't 'fuck with me' either- most of the comments you made are experience and opinion/emotionally drive rather than fact-based. the mere fact the Bush is "celebrated" in Afghanistan is also troubling. sounds like the Taliban have yet to be equalized. so- where's the benefit of this long, happy relationship?

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  49. Sanders had the Fed audited in 2011. http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/the-fed-audit
    Found some interesting suff, too.

    The Fed Audit
    Thursday, July 21, 2011

    The first top-to-bottom audit of the Federal Reserve uncovered eye-popping new details about how the U.S. provided a whopping $16 trillion in secret loans to bail out American and foreign banks and businesses during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. An amendment by Sen. Bernie Sanders to the Wall Street reform law passed one year ago this week directed the Government Accountability Office to conduct the study. "As a result of this audit, we now know that the Federal Reserve provided more than $16 trillion in total financial assistance to some of the largest financial institutions and corporations in the United States and throughout the world," said Sanders. "This is a clear case of socialism for the rich and rugged, you're-on-your-own individualism for everyone else."

    More at the link provided above.

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  50. When the first factual error is in the second paragraph I have to doubt any other information or revelation presented as "fact".

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  51. And if you watch the video of Dr. Paul talking, Sanders not only weakened it, but gave The Fed new powers. A politician, on his own page, is going to do what they all do – lie. "I am a savior. I told you myself."

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  52. Thanks for this article! I like Bernie, but I think the whole system needs to come down. Even the most well-meaning politicians can't do much to change a system that a lot of wealthy and influential people want to make sure serves them and not the general public. The people need to take a stand, and while I guess there's noting wrong with putting all of one's support into a politician, we might want to use that energy to support ourselves and each other instead because we're the only ones who can really change things. Our power and ability to make changes would be undeniable if we could come together and bring the system to its knees.

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  53. Not supporting the Israel lobby is perfectly impossible in Washington. If people don't like Bernie as a candidate for President they will never likely choose anyone. A candidate like him comes around once in a lifetime.

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  54. Jennifer Swann Truer words haven't been spoken…unfortunately, I fear that it's all too true. As a 28 year old, it's sad to think that even in my lifetime, there will never be another presidential candidate that parallels Sanders.

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  55. Criticism is how you maintain the momentum of change. You are the one that needs to grow up, friend. Don't blindly support anybody. Articles like these have a crucial role to play in any society.

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  56. *Obama* did not overthrow the Libyan government, Libyan rebels — with US and NATO help — did. That doesn't change the subsequent result, or absolve the US government of its proper share of responsibility for it. But do please be accurate about these things.

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  57. In the general election, the Green candidate – and all third-party and independent candidates with enough ballot access to (hypothetically) win the election – should be part of the bebates. But Greens shouldn't be part of the Democrats' selection process, just as Democrats shouldn't be part of ours. Do you want HRC and Bernie showing up at Green Party candidate forums? I certainly don't.

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  58. I am pretty sure Bernie voted againt giving Bush authorization for war after 911. Why is this article stating the opposite???

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  59. Steven Drucker Cut a military base or two. Building a few less fighter jets would be an enormous help. Tax the rich, they need to pay their fair share. Close the Panama loophole. Shut down the NSA's domestic snooping industry. The neoliberal plan is to strangle the people in a bathtub while pickpocketing them for tax money/subsidies. That 16 trillion dollar debt thing was created by the military industrial complex and the dirty energy extraction industries, so make them pay for it. Sure, the people with the bombs and the threats will never allow the people of this country to stop them, they have the bombs, right? Or be a frog in a pot of water.

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  60. During the Afghanistan War, 10 Afghanistan War related bills passed between 2001 and 2014. Three out of ten bills Bernie Sanders voted "Yea", while six voted "Nay" and one "No Contest". Those three bills where he approved, H.R. 4939, H.R. 5631 and H.R. 2642 were actually indeed bills related to the Afghanistan War. However, the bills were not to fund the violent aspect of the war, but to fund support for the Veterans and soldiers of the war.
    H.R. 4939 included support to fund the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The second bill that he voted "yea" for was because he inserted a bill giving a $1 million grant to the Vermont Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA) to help returning veterans cope with their health care and mental health needs upon returning home. The third and last bill he voted "yea" for was when the legislation incorporated a massive expansion of G.I. Bill benefits that Sanders co-sponsored and the Bush administration opposed guaranteeing full scholarships to veterans, including activated National Guard troops and reservists, with three years of service attending any public, in-State university and expanded benefits for students at private colleges and for graduate schools.
    Bernie Sanders funded the Humane, right and logical aspect of the war, not the violent and wrongful aspect of the war.
    Sincerely, a Law Literate Student who does his research and likes to know what he talks about before he speaks.

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