I would have thought you were a Hillary supporter.
Her foreign policy has always made my skin crawl. Honestly, it’s not far from most neo-cons. I have enough issues with Obama’s foreign intervention as is (drone strikes have escalated more and more without much care at all for civilian casualties), but Hillary’s policy seems to be that Obama should have been MORE aggressive. Advocating sending arms to conflicted areas (because Iran Contra worked out GREAT), increasing military intervention, establishing no fly zones and thus pretty much inciting violence, and the list goes on.
Bernie’s foreign policy isn’t ideal, especially when you consider his reaction to the complete assault on Gaza was far from ideal, even if he does have a past of speaking out against some of Israel’s war crimes. But, at the end of the day, he’s a far cry better than HRC. On his campaign website, he at least says “However, while recognizing that Israel has the right to defend itself, he also strongly condemned Israeli attacks on Gaza as disproportionate and the widespread killing of civilians as completely unacceptable”.
Everyone says Bernie is somehow “weak” on foreign policy and, while I wish he would speak on it more, I actually find his platform overall much more appealing than HRC’s. The emphasis on diplomacy and reducing the harm that America perpetuates worldwide in our use of torture, spying, etc. is !!!! to me.
The only thing that bugs me - and this is a big thing - is his belief in the use of drone strikes which I find inhumane because they kill mass amounts of civilians. I mean, he says, “Look, a drone is a weapon. When it works badly, it is terrible and it is counterproductive. When you blow up a facility or a building which kills women and children, you know what? … It’s terrible.” Which is a several steps ahead of his competitors, but at the same time I wish he’d talk more about how he’d PREVENT the harms of drone strikes if he was so set on using them.
So, yeah, it’s funny how commentators are always rambling about how FP is Bernie’s weakness when I find it to be his clear strength in a Bernie/Hillary matchup. Obviously universal healthcare and free tuition are big ones, but that is what really turned me away from HRC to Bernie.
I just wish he’d talk about all that he’s talked about before - it’s not like he’s clueless - instead of just saying “Well, I voted against the war in Iraq!” Which, true! And great! But you’ve got more in you than that, Bernie.