Bernie Sanders’ Foreign Policy Includes Military Aid To Israel, Saudi Arabia

Bernie Sanders doesn’t talk much about foreign policy, and his website has no mention of it, but his open military support for Israel and Saudi Arabia speaks volumes.
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    WASHINGTON — Like most modern presidential candidates, Bernie Sanders doesn’t talk much about foreign policy. Despite the dearth of his statements on the subject, Sanders has supported more military aid to Saudi Arabia because he claims, in opposition to available evidence, that the Saudi government is key to fighting ISIS.

    In February, Sanders told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that the battle against ISIS is “a battle for the soul of Islam” and urged more involvement from wealthy countries in the region, including the House of Saud. He expounded:

    [T]his war is a battle for the soul of Islam and it’s going to have to be the Muslim countries who are stepping up. These are billionaire families all over that region. They’ve got to get their hands dirty. They’ve got to get their troops on the ground. They’ve got to win that war with our support. We cannot be leading the effort.”


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    His stance remained unchanged despite a months-long, devastating Saudi-led campaign of bombing in Yemen that’s led to more than 1,000 dead children. While continuing to advocate against U.S. “boots on the ground,” and admitting that the U.S. had led to the destabilization in the region that directly spurred the rise of ISIS, Sanders told Blitzer in May that as one of the world’s biggest military spenders Saudi Arabia is “going to have to get their hands dirty in this fight. … [W]e should support those countries taking on ISIS.”

    In an essay re-published Thursday by TruthDig, Sam Husseini, communications director for the Institute for Public Accuracy, questioned this unflagging support for a despotic regime:

    “Why should a U.S. progressive be calling for more intervention by the Saudi monarchy? Really, we want Saudi troops in Syria and Iraq and Libya and who knows where else? You’d think that perhaps someone like Sanders would say that we have to break our decades-long backing of the corrupt Saudi regime—but no, he wants to dramatically accelerate it.”

    Husseini also noted that Blitzer is openly supportive of Israel’s wars, so Sanders’ choice to appear on his show to voice support makes strategic sense, given the growing alliance between Saudi Arabia and Israel.

    Sanders, too, has supported Israel’s occupation of Palestine and, despite the hopes of many of his fans, his voting record does not support his apparently antiwar stance. And his statements ignore the ways that Saudi money and the Saudi philosophy of Wahhabism have been key to the success of ISIS.

    Writing earlier this month in MyMPN, the MintPress News blog, Dennis Riches argued that Sanders, like nearly all major presidential candidates for the last 50 years, avoids foreign policy topics because he doesn’t want to draw attention to the massive, profitable military-industrial complex.

    Although Sanders claims to seek a more democratic government and hopes to remove the influence of money from politics, Riches said he avoids talking much about this complex topic because doing so would involve admitting how much the U.S. national economy depends on a massive military and endless foreign wars.

    “Doing the right thing would require a complete abdication of America’s self-assigned role as master of the global order, and this would also entail a re-imagining of the domestic economy,” Riches noted.

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      • Radguy1

        I support Bernie’s campaign, but not his stance on occupied territories. He says “no more land grabs”, but I don’t think settlers should keep land that they have invaded, whose claim is not recognised by the UN.
        http://feelthebern.org/bernie-sanders-on-israel-and-the-palestinians/
        I don’t like funding Israeli & Saudi military, even if it is ostensibly to fight ISIS. Saudi Arabia is incapable of plurality and Israel vacillates between being either a theocracy or an apartheid regime, depending on which issue they’re discussing.
        The trouble is that I believe Bernie would take these positions if the American public weren’t spellbound by fear mongering. Break this spell and these topics can be evaluated sensibly. That won’t be possible under any of the other nominees.

        • Juan Carr

          You are better off with a right wing President like Trump. You know where you stand with Trump. Unlike Bernie who says one thing during election, and will be worse than Bush if ever elected. For all his woolly words, Obama has sanctioned more assassinations than Bush. Obama can shed a few tears about gun control but none for blacks who are murdered daily by the police.

          It is always the same with Jews: Israel first

          • Radguy1

            You’re kidding. Trump and his supporters won’t support various charters of human rights including covenant of political and civil rights, the refugee convention and the universal declaration of human rights.

            Trump has nothing for Palestinians. Looking closely at the US position, it looks like Obama has resisted the parts of his administration that are allied with the Saudis against Syrian Shias and Alawites, which includes Hillary. Those people hate Bernie.

            You have to look very closely to see the dynamics going on here, this is far too complicated for the average american to see (in terms of who’s siding with who). Of course my observations may be wrong, but it seems that way to me.

            But an anon supporting Trump? That’s a repudiation of what I’ve known anons to be about, being supportive of all people which Trump is definitely not. You can’t be a xenophobic anon.

            • Juan Carr

              No, I am not joking. You are better off with a right wing politician. It was Nixon who brought an end to the Vietnam war. It was Nixon who opened negotiations with China. It was Thatcher who started negotiations with the IRA. The “Left” have been playing the same game. Blair come into power with a mandate for change, and what did he do? Yes he started a criminal war against the Iraq.

              It is the Jewish people who control America. Like it or lump it. These are the facts, and each administration has to pay homage to the Jewish Lobby. Look, you cannot even buy a carton of orange juice without the Kosher stamp of approval. A Jewish tax on consumption.

              • Radguy1

                You’re not even thoughtful enough to refer to zionism, thus you’re comment is blatantly anti-Semitic. I’m not going to bother with the rest of your post, right wingers start wars because their profits are threatened. That is the case time and time again.

                You’re worried about the cost of a kosher stamp? Utterly ridiculous. How much do you think that actually costs relative to your juice?

                I spelled out my thoughts regarding human rights charters. You must be a sandwich short of a picnic if you think your suggestions are even remotely considerable relative to these important documents. I’m sure if ever your rights were violated, you’d shout out, as you should. You cannot seem to fathom the concept of “mutuality”.

                What you should realise is that British Labour, Australian Labor, Us Democrats are all infested with warmongers (Blair, Clinton, et al). They play both sides, they can just be honest about their intentions when they’re coming from the right.

                Your posts are bigoted, I don’t know why I’m bothering, but I’ll try – no one gets to choose where they are born, what nationality, who their parents are and so on. It takes a very primitive mind to apply the prejudices you express onto people you don’t know. You may say, “yeah sure, I KNOW these people” but the fact is you don’t, you’ve never met them & you’re applying all this rubbish you find from bigoted sources that reinforce your prejudice. You don’t have telepathy, grow up.

                • Juan Carr

                  Do calm down old boy. If Bernie is every elected as President, he will be no doubt join the rogues’ gallery of warmongers.
                  “We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it”. A quote from Sharon in Haaretz. Have a look at the amount of Jews (Zionist or not) who run organizations such as Disney, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Cisco, Hollywood.

                  Jewish people: Fisher, Azmon, Finkelstein, published the same conclusion.
                  Because I point out the undemocratic control a small group has on the majority, you quickly label me, with telepathic ease, as anti-Semitic. Well, for your information, my excitable friend, I have nothing but admiration for the Jewish people.
                  You are not a bad chap; young and rash, quick to judge. But with time, you will improve.

                  Kind Regards,
                  J. Carr

                  • Radguy1

                    Uh huh, you could have fooled me. “Jewish tax on consumption”. I can see your adoration towards Jewish people shining through.

          • Enlighten_Ment

            Couldn’t agree more.

        • PithHelmut

          Why do we need any of the candidates? And for that matter, a president? It sounds like we’re children needing a big daddy to show us the way and usually that way is into the cesspool. Let’s try something different now shall we, now that we’re well into the 21st century. Some new ideas and different ways of doing things – ways that don’t require violent AT ALL. Strange idea isn’t it.

          • Radguy1

            Leadership, representation and logistics all have to work together properly for that. Not impossible or a strange idea at all. One major limit – no one can be over all the issues, so people need to be able to defer decisions to others who are trustworthy & competent.

      • Christian G

        “Sanders told Blitzer in May that as one of the world’s biggest military spenders, Saudi Arabia is “going to have to get their hands dirty in this fight. … [W]e should support those countries taking on ISIS.”

        The article writer apparently automatically interpreted Bernie’s use of the word “support” to mean military aid (and the link url actually says “unlimited military aid”) to Saudi Arabia, even though Bernie said they’re already one of the biggest military spenders in the world. I take it as him pointing out we don’t need to be the spending all of our tax money to pursue these military issues abroad for the rest of the world when there are already powerful forces over there who can begin to deal with it more themselves. But if i’m missing something Bernie said that was more damning, i’m happy to take a look at it. But i’m not seeing where Bernie specified military aid after having just said that they already have one of the biggest militaries in the world over there.

        And he obviously wasn’t saying that just Saudi Arabia should take it all over.

        “[T]his war is a battle for the soul of Islam and it’s going to have to be the Muslim countries who are stepping up. These are billionaire families all over that region. They’ve got to get their hands dirty. They’ve got to get their troops on the ground. They’ve got to win that war with our support. We cannot be leading the effort.”

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      • Brian Torphy

        I wonder how many people commenting have ever signed the dotted line, picked up a rifle and defended their country. Just keep commenting sheep. Until you defend America, keep your mouth shut.

        • Gabriel Fajardo

          The people commenting that live in U.S.A. have the right to voice their opinion, remember the right you signed on the dotted line to defend? You served, good for you, you got paid for it. You agreed to get paid for a service. That doesn’t give you the right more than any other American. Anyone and everyone should voice their opinion, stupid or not. I often see veterans make remarks like this, like they’ve been told they are more special than everyone else. So how about you quit being a hypocrite by not oppressing anyone’s opinion or voice.

          P.S.. You can’t say you’re defending a country when you’re not even on the same continent of the country you’re “defending”. Your self entitlement is from being brainwashed.

          • ClintJCL

            Uniformed thugs can’t use logic. They are thugs.

        • ClintJCL

          I wonder how many uniformed thugs think the fact that they are willing to murder innocent people for their government entitles them to extra rights?

          You should have fewer rights for bringing violence onto humanity. No soldier under 70 years of age, alive today, ever defended an american on american soil. Unless you’re talking National guard and evacuations. I’m not. I’m talking combat.

        • Bryan

          I was in the military for 10 years and we never went to where the actual threat to the country is: Washington DC. Joining the military and defending the country are two different things…… IMHO, exact opposite.

        • deadbird

          ….crickets

        • Miguel

          What about US military personnel raping 53 colombian children as recently as 2007? You call this defending America? What about the widespread rape of women and children in Iraq and Afghanistan by US troops? What about the rape of our own female soldiers by their male counterparts? You seem to put paid murderers and rapists on a high pedestal man. Don’t believe me? check these out:
          http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=afd_1428510060&comments=1
          http://www.theguardian.com/society/2011/dec/09/rape-us-military
          http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ca6_1375246828
          http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2009/10/03/rape-iraqi-women-us-forces-weapon-war-photos-and-data-emerge
          http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5529884
          http://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/jul/01/iraq.warcrimes
          http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/germany-shines-light-rape-allied-troops-who-defeated-nazis-n363136
          http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2004/05/10/torture-at-abu-ghraib

        • Christian G

          You’re just not very bright sir. I take it that you’ve served and you want to feel good about it. But to serve the American military is more accurately serving American corporations and securing huge profits for them and not you. People like you just really need to die off. You’re like little gang members that make up neighborhoods that war with other neighborhoods. America is the real threat. What have you done to serve your planet at large? Nothing? Then stfu.

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      • Jeffrey Pappas

        Probably shouldn’t equate Houthis with ISIS… Yet. Horrible reporting, Sanders has commented about these foreign policy issues in his response to the Iran deal… It was actually impressive as far as rhetoric goes, IMO.

      • oldman67

        The US arms dealers have been selling to both for years so this will be nothing new.

      • Margaret Treis

        “Dennis Riches argued that Sanders, like
        nearly all major presidential candidates for the last 50 years, avoids
        foreign policy topics because he doesn’t want to draw attention to the
        massive, profitable military-industrial complex.”
        He doesn’t want to wind up catching a bullet from the same source that JFK’s bullet came. We will never have a decent president or peaceful world until the bankster/military-industrial complex is destroyed. Don’t even expect it. Bernie’s the only candidate who at least attempts to make necessary changes in wealth distribution and general fairness, but he’s not going anywhere near where the real problem lies right there.

        • cyndishisara

          Another excuse to vote for the lessor evil. Jill Stein 2016.

      • Janel M.

        Amazing how you can claim he doesn’t talk about something just because you haven’t heard it. The media does not cover Bernie Sanders, if you haven’t noticed. There’s actually plenty of information on Bernie’s foreign policy: http://feelthebern.org/bernie-sanders-on-foreign-policy-and-national-security/bernie-sanders-on-foreign-policy/

        • Seeing what “Feelthebern.org” (which is not affiliated with Sanders or his campaign) says about Sanders’ foreign policy is not the same as hearing Sanders actually lay out a foreign policy. “I voted for Afganistan but against Iraq” is not a foreign policy. He barely mentions it in his speeches; his focus is almost completely on American workers, banks, etc.

      • Feel free to go to any war so to get your troops killed more, I don’t give a sh*t for it.
        Because it is simply YOUR BUSINESS, nothing to do with us Japanese.
        We are not such warmongers like we used to be 70 years ago.
        And we have no money to tribute to your man slaughtering business anymore, as we are going poorer and poorer than ever.
        As we are barely feeding our own now, sorry, you Americans need to pay for your own business since now.
        You can’t keep squeezing a towel when it gets dry.

        Listen Barack Obama, you need to FIRE Joseph Nye and Richard Armitage right now.
        Current overrunning of Shinzo Abe is exact what THEY told him to do.
        We already know who’s really evil, who’s behind Abe, as Shinzo Abe is just a puppet of you Americans.
        Shinzo Abe is breaking rule of law, ignoring our voices, upon THE FULL SUPPORT OF YOU OBAMA.
        Stop forcing us to have a war for you, you can’t make us kill people again.
        We stopped dealing with man slaughtering business long ago and no one can make us get concerned with that again.
        BARACK OBAMA, you are doomed, GIVE UP ON YOUR SILLY IDEA called “PIVOT TO SOMETHING”, as we Japanese WILL NOT join a war with you.

        • Margaret Treis

          I’m with you, girl. Go get ’em.

          • Thanks, please tell your folks that Shinzo Abe is the last one that Ameican people can live with.
            The people below is his core supporters.
            Shinzo Abe has a deep relation with Japanese Neo N*zi organization.
            I have no idea why Washington keeps shutting their eyes about it.
            Please tell it to other people around you.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/abd38e1f639e451841e44a5c974b3bd7d3e8cc0a711ff47de6d4b67f01c6e99f.jpg

            • Margaret Treis

              I am hearing from Benjamin Fulford that Abe is going down. You might enjoy his “Weekly Geo-Political News.” http://benjaminfulford.net/ Fulford is a very experienced journalist living in Japan. He has connections in the Pentagon and with prominent Japanese who are both trying to bring not only Abe down but the whole criminal cabal that runs the world.

              Ben charges $8 for a subscription, but it’s well worth it to get the insider information.
              There is apparently a ferocious battle going on behind the scenes, even of the Pentagon, to rid the world of exactly what you’re talking about. Many people in the US are aware that it’s happening and we do try to get the word out.

              Keep the faith. I think things will ultimately go the right way. Might be a bumpy ride though!

              • Thanks, I’m going to check him out.

        • deadbird

          who are you talking too?? obama aint here reading the comments section. and hey im Hapa sista but i think you know Japan has its hands in the cookie jar too…

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      • Med Man

        Spin much? The joys of Internet “journalism”.

      • Buddy Fisher

        He doesn’t talk about it because it is talked about ad nauseum. It’s time to talk about our own problems here at home.

        • MATTICUS

          like billions of dollars that leave “home” and end up in Israel?

          • Margaret Treis

            Home issues like the gozillions we spend on war all over the planet? Like the gozillions we pay international banksters in interest and principal when they create money out of nothing? Lessee, like the scam of the international central banks for the last 100 years that has allowed the rape of the world’s economies? Quadrillions in derivatives and bankster losses that our traitorous government agrees will come out of the taxpayer’s home-pocket? Some things like that?

            If we weren’t doing some of those things, we might have two cents to repair our decrepit infrastructure or fund our universities so that kids can afford to go to them. No, none of that home stuff is desired by our government…they are part of the international cabal that thinks it should run the world for its own profit…solely….and they will betray us every time to those predator parasites.

      • Indigena Sinergia

        MintPress, using your own previous posts, much less a blog opinion piece, to validate your point is the last refuge of hacks and tabloids. Sanders has already called out the military-industrial complex and advocates taking money out of defense for infrastructure. He says in every interview that war is should be the last option – contrary to the military adventurism and CIA trained death squads that have been US policy since the cold war. I wanted to like this publication but you are obviously just trying to drive traffic by posting inane half-truths – no better than fixed-news. smh

        “Writing earlier in…MintPress News blog, Dennis Riches
        argued that Sanders, like nearly all major presidential candidates for
        the last 50 years, avoids foreign policy topics because he doesn’t want
        to draw attention to the massive, profitable military-industrial
        complex.”

      • Miles Jones

        Wow….I’ve been a big supporter of Sanders, but then I read this. Now I don’t know who to support. I guess still bernie, but this hurts

        • Roger Lewis

          This is a garbage page that cites it’s own opion blogs. Sanders is rated +2 by AAI, indicating pro-Arab pro-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)

        • Med Man

          Think for yourself, and do your own research. DON”T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ ON THE INTERNET. Most of it is false, or spun in such a way as to forward a particular agenda. If you feel that supporting Sanders was right, then go with it, until cold hard FACTS tell you otherwise.

          • Miles Jones

            You’re right. Usually I don’t get swayed so easily. Don’t know what’s up with me! More research!

      • Dusk Crescenzo

        How can you argue against having government’s in the Middle East fight wars in the Middle East? Having them defeat ISIS supports us more then them.

      • Considering ISIS is a creation of the US CIA and the Israeli Mossad, I find Sanders’ comments more than just a little dishonest. Sanders is a Zionist and I’m sure he’s aware of exactly what ISIS is, the Israeli Secret Intelligence Service.

      • Aylios

        That must have been a slip of the tongue on Bernie’s part, he meant to say that SaudiA is key in “funding ISIS” and that’s why the US needs to give them money.

      • Barbara Dayan

        Bernie Sanders on the Cost of War in his own words:

        “The cost of war is great, and it is far more than the hundreds of billions of dollars we spend on planes, tanks, missiles and guns,” Sanders wrote in an opinion piece in the Boston Globe last summer.

        “The cost of war is more than 6,800 service members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The cost of war is
        caring for the spouses and children who have to rebuild their lives after the loss of their loved ones. It’s about hundreds of thousands of men and women coming home from war with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, many of them having difficulty keeping jobs in order to pay their bills. It’s about high divorce
        rates. It’s about the terrible tragedy of veterans committing suicide,” he wrote.

        “I believe that the United States should have the strongest military in the world. We should be working with other countries in coalition. And when people threaten the United States or threaten our allies, or commit genocide, the United States, with other countries, should be prepared to act militarily,” he said.

        • Indigena Sinergia

          you forgot to mention (conveniently) that every interview where he talks about foreign policy ends with the fact that unilateral military action creates more anti-American extremists, and that “war should be the last option.”

      • wirius

        “Unlimited aid” Well that’s patently false, and you prove it in your article. So if you blatently lie on your article that badly, why do you expect to believe anything else you say?

        • Robert Munro

          Sanders has voted for EVERYTHING that the outlaw Zionist state wanted from the American Taxpayer.

          • Afi Keita James

            Another reason to #standwithrand

      • thebodhisattva

        THE TITLE OF THIS “ARTICLE” IS A BASELESS LIE

        • Robert Munro

          PROVE IT!!!

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      • expatman

        “Muslim Brotherhood ‘Princess”
        [Huma Abedin] Used Clinton Email Server

        Reports: 3 top aides had private accounts while Hillary
        was at State Department

        “The State Department has evidence of this.”

        In another report, the website Gawker claimed both Abedin and
        Phillippe Reines, Clinton’s communications strategist, used the private email
        addresses.

        The London Daily Mail confirmed one of Abedin’s email
        addresses was listed as Huma@clintonemail.com.

        READ THE FULL STORY ON THE WEBSITE BELOW.

        http://www.wnd.com/2015/03/muslim-brotherhood-princess-used-clinton-email-server/

        At least three of Hillary Clinton’s top aides – including one with ties to the
        Muslim Brotherhood – used emails hosted on Clinton’s private server while she was
        secretary of state, according to several reports.

        At a news conference Tuesday at the U.N., Clinton directly
        addressed media about the revelation that she conducted her business as
        secretary of state using a private email account instead of the secure and
        archived government system.

        She acknowledged she deleted
        thousands of personal emails and said she turned over hard copies of messages
        to the State Department that she deemed to be work related.

        But Clinton apparently wasn’t the only one at the State Department
        using private email.

        Weekly Standard senior writer Stephen Hayes told Fox News, “Two of
        Hillary Clinton’s top aides used personal email while they were employed at the
        State Department.”

        Hayes specifically named Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills and
        Huma Abedin, who served as Clinton’s longtime deputy chief of staff. Abedin and
        Clinton worked closely together for nearly 20 years.

        “The State Department has evidence of this,” he said.

        In another report, the gossip website Gawker claimed both Abedin
        and Phillippe Reines, Clinton’s communications strategist, used the private
        email addresses.

        The London Daily Mail confirmed one of Abedin’s email
        addresses ties to the Muslim
        Brotherhood – a group that’s bent on “destroying Western civilization from
        within” – and other Islamic was listed as Huma@clintonemail.com.

        Abedin’s emails would be of particular interest because she has
        known supremacists.

      • expatman

        Hillary Clinton is just the tip of the ice berg.
        Her husband bombed Belgrade for 84 days to give Islam its first ethnically
        cleansed emirate in Europe after 1489. Bush and Blair, as hired guns of the
        Saudi Caliphate deflected 9/11 anger to a liberal modern state where discos,
        bars, modern education and health services thrived along communities of Jews,
        Christians, Yazidis and other under Saddam Hussein which was an affront to
        Islam and sank more than Three Trillion Dollars and 5,000 soldiers leaving
        Islam’s agenda of carrying out their “prophet’s” command of
        establishing a global caliphate enforcing the “sharia” on the rubble
        of civilization, that much closer to accomplishment. Obama and the Saudis
        restarted the Cold War in reaction to (1) Putin’s open letter to Obama in the
        New York Times about Syria which obstructed the Grand Saudi Design (which is to
        carry out the commands of its “prophet” and establish a global
        caliphate enforcing ISIS style Sharia on the rubble of civilization). It also
        bent Obama’s nose by exposing White House vacuity. (2) Bandar of Saudi
        intelligence then went to Moscow to try and induce Putin to reconsider his
        support for Syria and opposition to the Islamic grand design. Putin sent him
        packing with a warning: That Russia would bomb the Q’aaba if Islam tried
        another Beslan at Sochi. There was, here, betwixt the US and Saudi Arabia, a
        congruence of bent noses motivated to harness the always dormant US
        predilection to fall prey to its own McCarthy-Hoover-Boston Witch Hunt
        proclivity driven propaganda. Russia bad, West good. Islam Bad but Turkey,
        Saudi, Qatar, Kuwait and Pakistan are good Islam. Imagine, if you can, the
        dividend for Islam if the US falls further upon its own sword than it did in
        Iraq? Saudi ambitions are now bent on further deflecting the rising wide spread
        anger against Islam to Iran from itself. Several retired Four Star Generals and
        Admirals have followed in Colin Powell’s foot-steps and testified before recent
        (within the last two months) Senate hearings that Iran is the danger and that
        Iran is the reason and source of ISIS as well as that ghost of a long defunct
        US-Pakistan Staff College of Guerrilla Warfare, that still haunts US
        propaganda, “Al Qaeda”. The Saudis may still get away with “Iran
        Bad, Saudi (aka ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Shebab, Taliban, Mosques, Madrassas,
        Pakistan et all) Good”, because US policy is driven by decision and
        opinion makers, as well as media, on Petro Dollar Pay Rolls, and the momentum
        of “Four legs good, two legs bad” built up in the psyche of the US
        Polyphemus is strong and easy to stoke. Even more than liberal modern regimes
        like the Baathists (Saddam Hussein and Bashar Al Assad), Saudi Wahhabi Islam is
        ideologically committed to eradicate “apostates” such as Iran (Shia),
        Jews and Christians, in this order. If the US, after throwing Syria to the
        wolves of Saudi-Wahhabi Islam, and recommencing the Cold War with Russia, now
        bogs down in Iran, Saudi Arabia would have advanced their “prophet’s’
        agenda to near completion. As a strategist, I must admire Saudi Arabia for how
        they used their wealth to buy and use their ideological enemy (The US, NATO and
        Israel) against themselves.

        • TecumsehUnfaced

          Maybe you might consider using paragraphs, alternately using separate posts.

      • Brian

        Bernie’s the smartest one of the bunch. He makes so much sense it makes you wonder why these other idiots haven’t said things like this all along. Reason. NO MONEY IN IT. The MILITARY MACHINE wants to keep rolling along.

      • airjackie

        wow Bernie does know Netanyahu is now working with the Saudis. Well Americans saw how the team of US-Saudis planned the 9-11 attack and how the Saudi terrorist settled in Florida under the protection of Gov. Bush to train to fly planes. Yes all Bernie needs is to get Hillary out of the race and the plan can go forward. Bernie knows the following is still in place: ……………………..Congress Grants Bush WarPowers Against Iraq
        By Vicki Allen
        10-11-2

      • disqus_g7L56zC6If

        He’s got my vote. Tired of America being the world’s policeman. Let somebody else step up.

      • dn32844

        Well he is a Jew and must always think about Israel, no matter where he lives. His support for Saudi Arabia is just to erase being stamped as a “Zionists”. Its a pity that most people in this country do not what founding fathers thought of the Jews. Here are a few of their comments: http://www.fathersmanifesto.net/benjaminfranklin.htm
        http://www.fathersmanifesto.net/jewquotes.htm

      • TecumsehUnfaced

        “[T]his war is a battle for the soul of Islam and it’s going to have to be the Muslim countries who are stepping up. These are billionaire families all over that region. They’ve got to get their hands dirty. They’ve got to get their troops on the ground. They’ve got to win that war with our support. We cannot be leading the effort.”

        If he says stuff like this, he’s in for a real surprise if he gets elected. The billionaires he’s talking about already have their stake in the game.

      • Simiansez

        Too bad.
        It appears I won’t be voting in the next go round after all.
        “Same ol’ wine in a brand new bottle.”

        • wirius

          Read the article. The headline is a lie.

          • Simiansez

            At this point, ( and for some time now) the entire system has become a lie…or at the very least an elaborate illusion.

        • Med Man

          If you think that not voting is the answer, then you are part of the problem.

          • Simiansez

            The problem is not the people and/or whether they vote or not.
            This problem is this system.
            It’s a 10,000 lb gorilla and I won’t contribute to it.
            My apologies, but If you think that’s the problem, you haven’t been paying attention.
            Approximately 500 people bought and sold by corporatism are repeatedly elected to rule and regulate approx. 350,000,000 people and the course of this nation.
            The math itself screams it. That’s the problem.

            • Nomideva

              If the high population has power, it would be wasted by effectively saying “we don’t want to have a say in this vote” instead of “we all want THIS instead of the two of you!”

              • Simiansez

                If (in fact) the high population has power…
                I once entertained a similar perspective.
                I simply no longer have the faith to support such an assumption.

          • People who think voting will solve our problems are also part of the problem.

        • gcogs

          Vote for Jill Stein, Green Party. It’s not a wasted vote. Not voting is what the machine wants you to do.

          • Simiansez

            While I appreciate your suggestion as well as your enthusiasm, voting and solidifying the illusion that “we” have any real voice at all is exactly what “the machine” wants us to cling on to in order to somehow justify and validate a system where people are led to believe that they are actually heard, served and an integral part of the process when in fact over 150 years of politcal history tells us quite another story.
            If we stop participating in the game, we revoke any and all rights and credibility to those entrenched interests who pledge to represent “we the people” while, in fact have not represented the American people for over a century.

      • Jukka Kammer

        Where has he said that he wants to “dramatically accelerate it” ? A whole lot of bull crap.

      • Robert Munro

        How can Bernie Sanders be sooooo much against the oligarchy and sooooo much for the Zionist and Saudi thugs created by the Rothschild/Bilderberg Cartel, which is at the top of the oligarchy???

      • andyou

        This article is a sorry mix of b.s. and twisted conjecture. There’s a huge difference between saying that Arab nations should be the key players in the fight against ISIS and saying that Sanders wants to give unlimited military aid to Saudi Arabia. Where do you guys get this stuff? Regarding ISIS, Sanders said, “Now if this is such a crisis to the region—Saudis have a big air force, you know. They have a lot of F-16s, why aren’t they involved? Why isn’t Kuwait involved?… We went to war to put the Kuwaiti government back. Where are they? Where are the billionaires in Qatar? If these guys in the region think that ISIS is such a great threat, they gotta put some skin in the game.” Sanders wants to stop the practice of American soldiers being the ones to do all the fighting around the around. He wants the Arab nations to step up and then the U.S. will provide support. He’s made zero mention of “unlimited military aid” to Saudi Arabia. In fact, that would be opposite to his point. He wants the U.S. to spend less on military endeavors around the world and make other wealthy nations carry more of the burden.

        In regards to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, Sanders supports a two state solution. He said, “The bottom line is that Israel must have the right to exist in peace and security, just as the Palestinians must have the right to a homeland in which they and they alone control their political system and their economy.” He also said, “A two-state solution must include compromises from both sides to achieve a fair and lasting peace in the region. The Palestinians must fulfill their responsibilities to end terrorism against Israel and recognize Israel’s right to exist. In return, the Israelis must end their policy of targeted killings, prevent further Israeli settlements on Palestinian land and prevent the destruction of Palestinian homes, businesses and infrastructure.”

        You guys should make a retraction so your distortions aren’t spread around the Internet. In the future, if you’re doing a piece on Sanders, you should check http://www.feelthebern.org. It was created by over 125 Sanders supporters from Reddit and contains a wealth of information.

        • L3

          Right on, Could not agree more.

        • ModerateDem

          Thanks for your well thought out post, andyou. This “journalist” is either a republican or Clinton supporter.

        • wirius

          Republican motto: If you can’t beat em, lie about em.

      • waitstill

        mint press news…what kind of ignorant spew is this …….are you anti truth or just truth distorters

        Bernie on military industrial complex
        He explained that his votes against both Iraq wars were correct.
        Most countries in the world were united against Iraq each time and as such Iraq would have eventually succumbed to the pressure. That would have saved hundreds of thousands of human lives and trillions of dollars that could have otherwise been invested in the nation’s education and infrastructure. The country’s monies would have been distributed across the nation instead of to the few who profit from the military industrial complex.
        our choices for war even in recent history has proven to be wrong. It had destabilized the world
        and on israel
        Bernie is for a 2 state solution and he led the boycott against Netanyahu speech to congress
        you are not mint news your are demented news you are manipulating truth for your own personal agendas

        • Robert Munro

          Sanders has consistently given the outlaw Jewish state EVERYthing it has wanted from the American Taxpayer. He supported the Jews in their genocidal slaughter of over 2000 of the prisoners in the Gaza Ghetto.

          Sanders MUST explain his actions.

          • TecumsehUnfaced

            If he chose you for Secretary of State, he wouldn’t have to.

            • Robert Munro

              If he chose me for SecState, IF I were confirmed, I would never live to hold office. But, none of that will ever happen.

              • TecumsehUnfaced

                What if you kept quiet for as long as you could while hiring replacements for the NeoCon fvckerheads? Nah, that would get you killed too.

                • Robert Munro

                  ;<))).

          • wirius

            Then how to you explain his support of the Iran deal? Cite your source where he supports everything Israel wanted. You might not know what a source is, but it is a credible piece of news that actually proves what one states is true. Looking at your posts, I know you needed that info.

            • Robert Munro

              Try reading the Congressional Record. BTW, this is a discussion, not a court of law. And, I’m not presenting a dissertation for challenge. If you want to confirm or deny something, YOU learn to spell “G*O*O*G*L*E”.
              Sanders’ voting record is readily available. His mini-tantrum when pressed about Israel is very indicative.
              And, chuckle-butt, unless someone is being rude to you, you might consider avoiding being the sort of purple-palpaitating-anus that your comment above indicates.

              • Med Man

                I believe your comment above would constitute as being rude. He simply pointed out that your statement that “Sanders has consistently given the outlaw Jewish state EVERYthing it has wanted…”, was false given his support of the recent Iran nuclear deal. Yes, this is a discussion, so why resort to juvenile insults (even if purple-palpitating-anus is rather creative, bonus point there) when you can back up your statements with facts? Resorting to insults is the last refuge of the ignorant.

              • Buddy Fisher

                You can’t back up one statement made by you or this rag of an article with any facts. All emphatic lies. Fox News does the same thing. Coincidence? I think not