Cindy Sheehan Says Liberals Should Not Vote for Bernie Sanders
Cindy Sheehan argues, in this video made six months ago (which I have transcribed in part), that if Sanders is a Socialist, he would not be an imperialist. He supports war. He supported Bill Clinton's invasion of Kosovo. Sanders voted to make the Patriot Act permanent as well, which is not a socialist value.
Sanders is a Zionist. He has supported Israel and its bombardment of Gaza. Iraq is the only war he did not vote for. There were others [legislators] who voted against the Iraq War. Sanders voted to give Bush authorization to use force in Afghanistan by endorsing the Authorization for Use of Military Force against Terrorists bill (AUMF) that was passed on September 14, 2001. Sanders supports the F-35 [a stealth bomber], which is an ineffective boondoggle tool of war that is built in his state of Vermont.
Moreover, Sanders supported the bombing of Libya. He endorses Obama's support for the neo-fascist Nazis in Kiev, Ukraine. Cindy Sheehan implies that it is wrong and dangerous that the US is trying to isolate Russia. Sanders has publicly stated that he is a friend and admirer of Hillary Clinton, which should automatically disqualify Sanders in Sheehan's opinion because Hillary Clinton is up there with George Bush and Dick Chaney, the war criminals. The fact that Sanders says he will support Clinton if he loses the Democratic nomination is inexcusable.
Sanders has proposed a 50-cent tax on every $100 transaction from Wall Street, which is a mild reformist position. Bernie Sanders does not want to end the military-industrial complex and bring all the troops home from overseas. If we brought all the troops home, then we could truly do some good work. There is not one thing about foreign policy on his website. End of video transcription.
Conclusion: Cindy Sheehan may be right in her assessment of Bernie Sanders' foreign policy, but I disagree with her strategy. I think many liberals and leftists would agree that if Bernie wins the Democratic nomination, we better vote for him rather than throw our vote away voting for a third party peace candidate. If we don't vote for Bernie Sanders, we may see Donald Trump or Ted Cruz in the White House in January 2017.