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It’s Foreign Policy That Distinguishes Bernie This Time

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It’s Foreign Policy That Distinguishes Bernie This Time

He’s challenging American exceptionalism in a far more radical way than his 2020 competitors are.

 

6:00 AM ET By  Peter Beinart

Professor of journalism at the City University of New York
 
 

The conventional wisdom is that Bernie Sanders is a victim of his own success. His “populist agenda has helped push the party to the left,” declared The New York Times in its story about his presidential announcement. But in 2020, he may lose “ground to newer faces who have adopted many of his ideas.”

 

There’s an obvious truth here: From a $15 national minimum wage to Medicare for all to free college tuition, Sanders’s opponents have embraced policies that were considered radical when he first proposed them during the 2016 campaign. But what the Times misses is that there’s another policy realm where Sanders may find it easier to carve out a distinctly lefty niche: America’s relationship to the rest of the world.

 

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But Sanders doesn’t just talk about foreign policy more. He talks about it in a more radical way. None of the senators running for president are hawks. Last January, Booker co-wrote an op-ed arguing that—absent new congressional authorization—it would be illegal to keep American troops in Syria once the fight against ISIS was over. In her Foreign Affairs essay, Warren called for “ending” the “endless war” that has “sapped” America’s “strength,” and for rethinking the “singular focus on counterterrorism” that “has dangerously distorted U.S. policies.” Warren and Gillibrand also led the fight to keep the Trump administration from pulling out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia.

 

What distinguishes Sanders is the same quality that distinguished him on domestic policy in 2016: his willingness to cross red lines that have long defined the boundaries of acceptable opinion. One clear example is Israel. Most of the Senate Democrats running for president have shifted left on the subject. Booker, after initially supporting legislation to criminalize boycotts of the Jewish state, voted against a similar bill last month. Warren, after defending Israeli military actions in the Gaza Strip earlier in her career, last year criticizedIsrael’s response to protests there. But Sanders has gone much further: He’s produced videos that call Gaza an “open-air prison,” he’s depicted Benjamin Netanyahu as part of the “growing worldwide movement toward authoritarianism,” and, most controversially of all, he’s suggested cutting U.S. military aid to Israel....

 

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https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/02/foreign-policy-distinguishes-bernie-sanders-2020/583279/

 

 

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3 hours ago, think said:

But Sanders has gone much further: He’s produced videos that call Gaza an “open-air prison,” he’s depicted Benjamin Netanyahu as part of the “growing worldwide movement toward authoritarianism,” and, most controversially of all, he’s suggested cutting U.S. military aid to Israel....

 

I would vote for him, if only for that 

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6 hours ago, think said:

What distinguishes Sanders is the same quality that distinguished him on domestic policy in 2016: his willingness to cross red lines that have long defined the boundaries of acceptable opinion.

 

It's clear that Sanders' ideas on social democracy have had wide appeal with the public.   I'm in complete agreement with Bernie's ideas of foreign policy and the need to get out of the "endless war" cycle.  And I think "American Exceptionalism" not only keeps us at war, but closes us off from the best ideas the world has to offer;  And we can't afford that. 

 

Because of his  success in winning over most of the other candidates on many social and economic issues, establishing a new, leftist stance on foreign policy is a smart move on Bernie's part.  He is once again, a trailblazer.  But foreign policy is a touchy subject and I suspect Bernie has to be careful.  It might not be prudent to come out with too much, too soon.

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6 minutes ago, bludog said:

 

It's clear that Sanders' ideas on social democracy have had wide appeal with the public.   I'm in complete agreement with Bernie's ideas of foreign policy and the need to get out of the "endless war" cycle.  And I think "American Exceptionalism" not only keeps us at war, but closes us off from the best ideas the world has to offer;  And we can't afford that. 

 

Because of his  success in winning over most of the other candidates on many social and economic issues, establishing a new, leftist stance on foreign policy is a smart move on Bernie's part.  He is once again, a trailblazer.  But foreign policy is a touchy subject and I suspect Bernie has to be careful.  It might not be prudent to come out with too much, too soon.

 

Yes. I like what Sanders has put out there so far in regards to foreign policy and ending the cycle of endless wars. Agree that foreign policy is tricky and can be a quagmire as the American public don't seem well informed and taking too much of a stand on certain things can be devastating for a campaign.

 

That's why i'm glad Tulsi Gabbard is running. She's not taking a cautious stand on foreign policy and isn't worried as she is a long shot. She can take on more risk and be straight forward as to the reality of some of our policies. Being an Iraq veteran also gives her more standing in regards to the discussion of war because she's been there.

 

 

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I wish the media, most of it, at least, would stop referring to Sanders as a socialist and start using the more descriptive term "social democrat".  The longer Bernie lasts in the primaries, the more opportunity to educate the electorate about the difference.  So far, most of the media misses that.   Unlike i pure socialism, the social democracies feature private enterprise and free elections, along with generous social programs and highly progressive taxes to pay for them.

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Interesting thread here...

If you even begin to mention Israels movement to the right regarding their treatment of Palestine you do get a big backlash. Anti Semite is the usual refrain. And concerning Gaza, and how it's people are cut off from humanitarian aid, and then comparing that to the simultaneous annexation of the West Bank, that has been growing with new Jewish settlements for decades now, in the US it still seems almost unorthodox to wonder why.

 

Bibi comes and speaks before the Republican controlled congress by invitation of the Republican Party during Obama's presidency. He comes to speak about the evil country of Iran and how horrible the Iran nuclear deal is, and he does this even though many in the Mossad, Israel's central intelligence agency, support such a deal fervently, because they know...

 

And now, Trump takes it up. He says, at a drop of the hat - I'll break that treaty. Have you heard Trump talk about what's going on in Yemen lately? Meanwhile Bibi declares his stance to join the Saudi's against Iran in Yemen, well of course.

https://www.mintpressnews.com/netanyahu-declares-israels-readiness-to-join-saudi-war-on-yemen/246918/

 

Peace!

 

 

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