Bernie splits from Warren with embrace of far-left foreign leaders
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Sanders is trying to establish himself as the most progressive presidential candidate on not just economic issues — but foreign policy, too.
By ALEX THOMPSON and HOLLY OTTERBEIN 12/03/2019 05:04 AM EST
Bernie Sanders’ revolution has gone global.
As the Vermont senator battles Elizabeth Warren for the left wing of the Democratic Party, he’s increasingly tried to find an edge on foreign policy. Sanders has portrayed his candidacy as one part of a worldwide worker-led movement, praised controversial leftist leaders across the globe, and tried to articulate a foreign policy further afield of the establishment than Warren’s.
Sanders’ foreign policy views are a clear mark of distinction from Warren in a race in which their domestic agendas are viewed as very similar. Left-wing leaders around the world see an ally in Sanders — Brazil’s Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva recently thanked him for his “solidarity” and Bolivia’s ousted Evo Morales called him “hermano Bernie Sanders” — but have not publicly embraced Warren in the same way.
“Bernie is the only candidate who has a comprehensive foreign policy vision to stand up to the growing movement of anti-democratic authoritarianism worldwide and find solidarity with working people around the world who, in many cases, share common needs,” said Josh Orton, Sanders’ national policy director. Another Sanders aide referred to his approach to international affairs as a “global struggle.”
December 4, 2019 at 4:55 PM #233867Ohio BarbarianModerator
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This is a critical issue that gets very little corporate media attention because they are always in favor of more war. They’re owned by the same people who run the MIC. They make oodles of money off of MIC ads. Any perusal of the Sunday morning talk shows demonstrates this.
Most Americans, however, are sick and tired of being sick and tired about foreign wars. A genuine peace candidate will attract a lot of crossover support. Many political subgroups of people who have been co-opted by Republican social and anti-tax rhetoric for a couple of generations are fundamentally antiwar.
One example is the Amish of Pennsylvania and Ohio. If they were confident a Sanders Administration would leave them alone or at least not tax them to death, many of them would vote for Bernie in the general election. If polls out of Utah are any indication, many Mormons feel the same way. Bernie has a real chance of carrying that place, and one of the reasons why is precisely this issue.
Of course, you’ll never see that on Meet the Press. I’m pleasantly surprised to see such good journalism coming out of Politico. Maybe they’re not a totally lost cause, after all.
It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs
If Democrats don’t stand for the people, why should people stand for them?--Jim Hightower
December 4, 2019 at 4:58 PM #233870salemcourtParticipant
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This is why Bernie is the best choice for beating Trump!
December 4, 2019 at 6:51 PM #233917tk2kewlParticipant
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it couldn’t be more clear
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