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2016 Postmortem

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Sun Jun 5, 2016, 08:53 AM Jun 2016

Clinton’s Speech Shows that Only Sanders is Fit for the Presidency [View all]

Clinton’s Speech Shows that Only Sanders is Fit for the Presidency
Jeffrey Sachs
Huffington Post

Hillary Clinton’s recent foreign policy speech was an attack on Donald Trump but was also a reminder that Clinton is a deeply flawed and worrisome candidate. Her record as Secretary of State was one of the worst in modern US history; her policies have enmeshed America in new Middle East wars, rising terrorism, and even a new Cold War with Russia. Of the three leading candidates, only Bernie Sanders has the sound judgment to avoid further war and to cooperate with the rest of the world.

Clinton is intoxicated with American power. She has favored one war of choice after the next: bombing Belgrade (1999); invading Iraq (2003); toppling Qaddafi (2011); funding Jihadists in Syria (2011 till now). The result has been one bloodbath after another, with open wounds until today fostering ISIS, terrorism, and mass refugee flows.

In her speech, Clinton engaged in her own Trump-like grandiose fear mongering: “If America doesn’t lead, we leave a vacuum - and that will either cause chaos, or other countries will rush in to fill the void. Then they’ll be the ones making the decisions about your lives and jobs and safety - and trust me, the choices they make will not be to our benefit.”

This kind of arrogance - that America and America alone must run the world - has led straight to overstretch: perpetual wars that cannot be won, and unending and escalating confrontations with Russia, China, Iran and others that make the world more dangerous. It doesn’t seem to dawn on Clinton that in today’s world, we need cooperation, not endless bravado.

Bernie Sanders, by contrast, not only offers a vastly better economic program than Clinton, but also a foreign policy based on wisdom, decency, and especially restraint. As a result, the American people trust Sanders rather than Clinton. She wins the closed primaries while he wins the open ones, that is, primaries that include the independent voters who will decide the November elections.

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HA! nt Jitter65 Jun 2016 #1
Columbia Professor of the University: ''Hillary is the candidate of the war machine.'' Octafish Jun 2016 #32
Hillary Clearly Is A FERVENT PROPONENT OF AMERICAN "EXCEPTIONALISM!" Very Republicanesque? CorporatistNation Jun 2016 #43
and she still has the support of democrats noiretextatique Jun 2016 #52
Not this Democrat. EndElectoral Jun 2016 #55
Obviously a victory sign and not a peace sign? Get.Real.Now Jun 2016 #64
Get 'em in while you still can...nt SidDithers Jun 2016 #2
Tick, tock, tick, tock..... George II Jun 2016 #21
You would have Professor Sachs censored at DU as from what date, Sid? Ghost Dog Jun 2016 #31
Sid is Canadian and does not vote in our elections. n/t Matt_R Jun 2016 #60
lol.. disillusioned73 Jun 2016 #67
Correct me if I'm wrong. Matt_R Jun 2016 #68
Our country needs drastic change. SamKnause Jun 2016 #3
Her foreign policy speech was excellent. She pointed out what a loose cannon Trump would be. Trust Buster Jun 2016 #4
Sanders was not a conscientious objector. He applied, never got it. Ali went to jail for objecting. merrily Jun 2016 #5
They are free to take that stand. I didn't question that. But, that disqualifies them from being the Trust Buster Jun 2016 #7
I'd rather a CIC who took a moral stand against a war than one who advocated for an immoral war. merrily Jun 2016 #9
Sometimes war is unavoidable as was the case after 911. No place for a conscientious objector Trust Buster Jun 2016 #11
Bull puckies. The Iraq war, like the Vietnam War, was eminently avoidable. merrily Jun 2016 #13
The direct result of 911 was the war in Afghanistan. A sloppy dodge on your part. That is an Trust Buster Jun 2016 #20
Sanders had no moral objection to the Afghanistan War. He voted for it. So, I have no clue merrily Jun 2016 #24
He was a conscientious objector and, therefore, unfit to be Commander in Chief. Trust Buster Jun 2016 #25
Lol, say it over and over. Still isn't true and makes you look like a bot Arazi Jun 2016 #39
Both parts of your statement are false and you know that very well at least as to the first merrily Jun 2016 #46
A Hillary supporter. bvar22 Jun 2016 #59
By definition a conscientious objector opposes ALL war, not just a specific one. Lord Magus Jun 2016 #33
Bernie has said it was the Vietnam War, not all wars. merrily Jun 2016 #34
In that case, he's very lucky to have not been drafted. Lord Magus Jun 2016 #35
Again, do you know what the statuory definition was during the Vietnam era? merrily Jun 2016 #37
Of course he objected to the Vietnam war...he was WhiteTara Jun 2016 #41
Um, no. He was not being drafted. He was never drafted. And most people agree that the merrily Jun 2016 #45
He had a draft number and when his CO appeals were finally WhiteTara Jun 2016 #50
I don't know if he had a draft number or not and neither do you. You don't know if he appealed, merrily Jun 2016 #66
Where in the Constitution does it say a CO status prohibits one for being President? EndElectoral Jun 2016 #58
Getting a student deferment is so much more aceptable than being a conscientious objector Autumn Jun 2016 #17
Some Presidents deserted and/or dodged the draft behind scenes. merrily Jun 2016 #19
Clinton made every effort to avoid the draft, got a deferment and I respected him on that. Autumn Jun 2016 #22
In my personal opinion, someone who took a public stand against an immoral war, merrily Jun 2016 #27
My opinion also. Autumn Jun 2016 #28
Ali was for arrested failing to register or be inducted I believe. EndElectoral Jun 2016 #57
I don't know and I don't feel like googling. I just hope a man of conviction is resting in peace. merrily Jun 2016 #65
The PNAC Candidate. Scuba Jun 2016 #6
I don't think it's possible for the Huffington Post to embarrass itself any further. BobbyDrake Jun 2016 #8
God forbid there were a few media stories that did not tear down Sanders. The horror! merrily Jun 2016 #10
You don't have to "tear down Sanders" to report the truth. HP made a choice to lie in support BobbyDrake Jun 2016 #12
Many media outlets online and in RL have discredited themselves on behalf of Hillary. merrily Jun 2016 #14
BobbyDrake—Hillary loves war! The neocons agree with her. CobaltBlue Jun 2016 #26
Why don't you attack Jeffrey Sachs directly? He's the author. reformist2 Jun 2016 #36
Jeffrey Sachs was the guy who told Bernie it was a good use of $500,000 to go to Rome? brooklynite Jun 2016 #15
Jeffrey who? Oh, yeah, that guy who set up the "Roman Holiday" Surya Gayatri Jun 2016 #16
See #31. n/t Ghost Dog Jun 2016 #48
Well said Jeffrey Sachs. nt. icecreamfan Jun 2016 #18
Going out of business sale!!! All outrages MUST GO!!!! JoePhilly Jun 2016 #23
What a bunch of fucking nonsense. When are you going to call out Bernie BootinUp Jun 2016 #29
Cannot rec this enough. Nyan Jun 2016 #30
Endless war, corporate sacking of the working class... 99Forever Jun 2016 #38
Yup, right on Arazi Jun 2016 #40
But...but...didn't you see all those flags behind her??? K&R Tierra_y_Libertad Jun 2016 #42
Darkest of History Ahead Octafish Jun 2016 #47
K N R-ed Faux pas Jun 2016 #44
Democrat means nothing anymore noiretextatique Jun 2016 #49
The Numbers jamese777 Jun 2016 #51
Only proving how easily people can be deceived. Duppers Jun 2016 #56
HRC should not use the words "trust me". Ever. stillwaiting Jun 2016 #53
Recommended and Kicked to the Max!! Duppers Jun 2016 #54
K&R JEB Jun 2016 #61
Thank you Jeffrey....'tis TRUE! KoKo Jun 2016 #62
K & R AzDar Jun 2016 #63
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