Why Bernie Sanders Is Amazing On Foreign Policy


Vote Sanders Or Get Off The Pot.

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.


2 thoughts on “Why Bernie Sanders Is Amazing On Foreign Policy

  1. I like the opinion expressed here. Agree with most of it. Especially the part about our foreign policy, as if it were a real thing. You’re correct: it’s often used as a euphemism to disguise the fact that our invasions of other countries have historically been in our own national or corporate interest. “Foreign policy” is the knowing term a person uses when they know nothing about the country or countries that America has just invaded or plans to invade. They don’t know the culture, the mores, the language, the religion; they don’t know what fragile pins may be holding a nation together. So “foreign policy” as pretext allows us to reach our big Gulliver hand into the Middle East and pluck out a guy or two we’ve once supported but now think may our worst bad boyfriend yet. Yank out the Shah, yank out Saddam Hussein and watch the whole region region go up in flames. Oops, we didn’t know that would happen, how could we have known that?

    I don’t agree that terrorism is a “non-entity,” though. Tell that to anybody who has had a loved one blown up or bullet-riddled by said non-entity. Terrorist organizations, even if small, are scarily motivated in ways that most Westerners can’t even conceive of. Even two terrorists are committed, adept and diffuse– unstoppable by the current tactics of war, declared and undeclared, open and secret.

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