I’m going to keep this short and to the point. Everyone upon everyone says foreign policy is Bernie Sanders’s weakness because he doesn’t seem to want to talk about it.
What is “foreign policy?” Pretty broad brush stroke there, right? It means “The policy regarding not-America. You know… the rest of the world.”
And what do politicians from all American political parties talk about when they talk about foreign policy? Two things: whether or not to build a wall to keep foreigners out and who to kill next. That’s it. That’s the entirety of what we mean by “foreign policy” in this country. Therefore, to not engage this debate on foreign policy is to send a message to the world that you’re not in the business of scapegoating them and/or murdering them. Bernie isn’t going to invade anyone for oil. He isn’t going to keep fighting a non-entity called “terrorism” to line the pockets of war profiteers. He will not abuse the word “defense” as in, In defense of our country…. the way they all do. He just wants to fix things and stop being the world police. Stop pretending that offense is defense. That’s it. The right thing. That’s what he wants to do.
I think that’s a stellar foreign policy the likes of which we have not seen in my adult lifetime. So next time you hear someone give the tired line that he’s weak on foreign policy, ask them what that means. Point them to this post.