Oct 29, 2015

Hillary the Hawk's Betting on Militarism

When former Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York) voted to authorize the use of force against Iraq on Oct. 11, 2002, (resolution passed 77-23), Clinton and her Senate colleagues gave Bush, Cheney and the neocons permission to illegally invade and occupy Iraq.

Former Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) voted No.

Any fool knew what Bush was going to do, as Clinton and leading Democrats provided cover, ignoring the massive international Peace Movement, and every warning of the coming moral catastrophe (The Guardian).

Clinton didn't care. Bernie Sanders did.

Last month, Glenn Greenwald in The Intercept explained why we should not trust Clinton as president, if we want peace:
Leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton this morning [Sept. 9, 2015] delivered a foreign policy speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington. By itself, the choice of the venue was revealing.

Brookings served as Ground Zero for centrist think tank advocacy of the Iraq War, which Clinton ... notoriously and vehemently advocated. Brookings’ two leading 'scholar-stars — Kenneth Pollack and Michael O’Hanlon — spent all of 2002 and 2003 insisting that invading Iraq was wise and just, and spent the years after that assuring Americans that the 'victorious' war and subsequent occupation were going really well (in April 2003, O’Hanlon debated with himself over whether the strategy that led to the 'victory' in his beloved war should be deemed 'brilliant' or just extremely 'clever,' while in June 2003, Pollack assured New York Times readers that Saddam’s WMD would be found).

Since then, O’Hanlon in particular has advocated for increased military force in more countries than one can count. That’s not surprising: Brookings is funded in part by one of the Democratic Party’s favorite billionaires, Haim Saban, who is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Israel and once said of himself: 'I’m a one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel.' Pollack advocated for the attack on Iraq while he was 'Director of Research of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy.' Saban became the Democratic Party’s largest fundraiser — even paying $7 million for the new DNC building — and is now a very substantial funder of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. In exchange, she’s written a personal letter to him publicly 'expressing her strong and unequivocal support for Israel in the face of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement.'

So the hawkish Brookings is the prism through which Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy worldview can be best understood. The think tank is filled with former advisers to both Bill and Hillary Clinton, and would certainly provide numerous top-level foreign policy officials in any Hillary Clinton administration. As she put it today at the start: 'There are a lot of long-time friends and colleagues who perch here at Brookings.' And she proceeded to deliver exactly the speech one would expect, reminding everyone of just how militaristic and hawkish she is.
Myself I'll take Bernie; and by the way Israel that pushed so hard for war is a disgrace.

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