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Bernie Sanders a War Mongering Monster

Bernie has a bad track record for an anti-war claim.

National Defense Issues

  • National Defense Authorisation Act – 2016 Nay; 2014 Yea; 2013 Nay; 2012 Nay; 2010-2011 Yea; 2008 Yea; 2003 Nay; 2002 Yea; 1997 Nay & Nay; 1995 Nay
  • Department of Defense Appropriations Act – 2016 Did Not Vote; 2009-2010 Yea; 2007 Yea; 2006 (this is a Special Case); 2005 Yea and Yea; 2003 Yea; 2000 Nay; 1999 Nay & Nay; 1998 Nay

Kosovo

  • Voted against deploying troops (H Res 247)
  • Voted to fund the troops in Bosnia (HR 2606)
  • Voted again to not deploy troops in Bosnia (HR 2770)
  • Voted for Bosnia Troop Extension (H Amdt. 204)
  • Voted for Bosnia Troop Termination (H Amdt. 203)
  • Voted Against US Troop Removal from Bosnia and¬†Herzegovina (H Con Res 227)
  • Voted for Kosovo Resolution (H Con Res 21)
  • Voted for Kosovo Peacekeeping (H Con Res 42)
  • Voted Against Troop Withdrawal from the Balkans (H Con Res 82)

Iraq

  • Voted for Iraqi Liberation (HR 4655)
  • Voted Against Iraq War (H J Res 114)
  • Voted for Iraq Reconstruction Resolution (H Res 198)
  • Voted Against Iraq War Anniversary (H Res 557)

Bernie also voted for Iran and Libya sanctions (HR 1954).

This record is of a person who is Machiavellian, scream loud against the war but continue to fund the army after you voted against the war. Bernie Sanders has mastered the art of voting Yes and No for the same cause.

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Arab Spring

The result of a single man in Tunisia setting himself in fire. This was not the first time such an incident occurred and there were many that followed it but the Tunisian man got the media attention and the whole middle east changed after him.

Moving onto the big picture the result could be broadly put as three main categories

  1. Successful government overthrow (Tunisia, Egypt and Libya)
  2. Failed government overthrow or nit yet successful (Yemen, Bahrain and Syria)
  3. Government reforming and/or preparing for future consequences (Saudia Arabia, Iran, Kuwait and Qatar and few others in the periphery)

Each category with its country is a unique story all due to its unique political and government institutional history.

Tunisia

The government changed and more or less a smooth transition has occurred but they still have a long way ahead of them and judging from how the people have moved I assume that Tunisians are on the road to a stronger democracy and hopefully a free(er) market.(fingers crossed) all that with out any American intervention

Egypt

The government did change but the result was a total swing from a dictatorship that was pro-Israel to a democratic government that is anti-Israel and also against some basic liberty let alone democracy. However Egypt has swung back to autocracy but rest assured it won’t be for long as the people will revolt if the army repeats the mistakes of Mubarak which it is committing as I type.

Libya

Every¬†interventionist’s (sorry) humanitarians wet dream turned nightmare (like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and so many more countries that I could write about however for the military-industrial complex all over the globe this is a wet dream that just turned into an exponential feedback loop)

Bahrain & Yemen

With respect to these countries Saudi Arabia has supplied the Bahrain’s govt with troops while in Yemen’s case they have got their troops ready to defend Saudi Arabia although intervening into the country is quiet

Syria

Assad would have gone out of power and there would have been a similar sort of situation as in Egypt but American intervention turned turned it into a complete mess that has created new monster mutated with new powers at their disposal (Humvees, anti-aircraft missiles and now actual jets) namely the ISIS/ISIL monster

The rest of the middle east governments are now all preparing to “defend” the state (lets be clear the government are only weaponizing their armies and police to torture any real or phony dissent more vigorously then before) Saudi Arabia and Iran are ones with the most active interventionist policy and following it as well.