Even though he failed to win the Democratic Presidential nomination last year, Bernie Sanders won a large national platform to spread his message. His message is typically seen as populist and anti-establishment, but on the issue of Syria, Sanders is lining up next to Hillary Clinton and the military industrial complex in calling for regime change.
“Let’s all recognize that, in a world full of disgusting dictators, Bashar Assad maybe ranks at the top… We’ve got to work with countries around the world for a political solution to get rid of this guy and to finally bring peace and stability to this country,” Sanders said in a Meet the Press interview this weekend.
Sanders was very vague and refused to outline a specific policy proposal. Despite his opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sanders does not call for peace. He calls only for the United States to act alongside other countries as they commit a joint intervention against Assad. It is also worth noting that Sanders focuses his criticism only on wars that were started by Republicans, very rarely offering any criticism for wars started by Democrats. Examining Sanders’ voting record, it is clear that he is no enemy of military adventurism.
Sanders co-sponsored a resolution condemning former Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, calling for the leader to be disposed of back in 2011. Although he regularly criticizes the war in Afghanistan, he originally voted in favor of authorizing it. He voted against the war in Iraq but supported the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 that explicitly called for regime change. He supported NATO’s bombing campaign of Yugoslavia in 1999 and voted to fund the $1.2 trillion stealth fighter that was declared non-operational by the Air Force.
Bernie’s support of the military industrial complex may explain why he owns three massive homes after serving in public office for many decades. Progressives should look to Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) or former Rep. Dennis Kucinich for wisdom, rather than Bernie, to hear a consistently non-interventionist voice for peace.