Against Bernie [1]

Why does Sanders say “… Israel must have the right to exist in peace and security, …”[2]? If a candidate for US presidency wants to take a position in support of peace and security, he should say that he believes all nations in the world have the right to exist in peace and security. In fact, this is one of the tenets of UN. Then why the special privilege just for Israel (even assuming for the sake of discussion that Israel is a country, which I might not agree with in general).

Theoretically the US agrees with the general tenets of UN on security for all nations, as the US is a member of the UN Security council. However as a member of the UN Security Council, the US has vetoed any resolution against Israel. As such, the US position has been that Israel has the right to violate other nations and peoples and the US will support Israel in its violations of other nations. And Bernie is basically reiterating that the US stands with Israel no matter how it behaves. And the US provides Israel with more military aid than it provides to any other country (I advocate reducing all these to zero, immediately and unconditionally).

According to Congressional Research Service:

“Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II. To date, the United States has provided Israel $124.3 billion(current, or non-inflation-adjusted, dollars) in bilateral assistance. Almost all U.S. bilateral aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance, although in the past Israel also received significant economic assistance. Strong congressional support for Israel has resulted in Israel receiving benefits not available to any other countries; for example, Israel can use some U.S. military assistance both for research and development in the United States and for military purchases from Israeli manufacturers. In addition, U.S. assistance earmarked for Israel is generally delivered in the first 30 days of the fiscal year, while most other recipients normally receive aid in installments, and Israel (as is also the case with Egypt) is permitted to use cash flow financing for its U.S. arms purchases. In addition to receiving U.S. State Department-administered foreign assistance, Israel also receives funds from annual defense appropriations bills for rocket and missile defense programs. Israel pursues some of those programs jointly with the United States.”

Bernie Sanders and his supporters must explain why US taxpayers should pay so much money to one small country when the US claims it can not afford to provide universal health coverage for its own people.

Here are some of Jill Stein’s points of disagreement with Bernie Sanders as she listed in her recent interview on Tavis Smiley’s show. Quoting Stein:

“But, unfortunately, these rebellions inside the Democratic Party give
cover while the party over the decades continues to march to the right
and become more of a corporatist party, more of an imperialist party,
more of a militarist party. So, you know, I don’t agree with the
strategy in the long run, although I completely agree with Bernie on
most of the issues.

“Where we differ, on militarism, on funding for the Netanyahu
government $8 million a day to fund a government which is basically
committing war crimes against the Palestinian people, violating human
rights, violating international law with the occupations. So that’s
one area of disagreement. I would apply that policy across the board
and have a foreign policy based on international law and human rights
rather than on convenience.

“So Bernie supports the use of drones ‘selectively’, which is how
Barack Obama will claim that he’s using drones selectively. Bernie
supports the military budget, specifically the trillion dollar weapons
program, the F-35, because it brings jobs to his home state and to
other people.”

(My mention of Stein’s statements should not be taken to imply that she is in my opinion the only candidate worth considering for POTUS. Please consider also the candidacies of Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry, Kent Mesplay, Darryl Cherney, and Bill Kreml for the Green nomination.)

Dialog with Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry [3]

Waugh: Madam, are you publishing a platform? Where do you stand on continued US military support for Zionism? Immediate and unconditional cutoff?

Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry: I [am] against the US Military Support that [is] used against Palestine. Our campaign will official[ly] launch in November 2015.We stand on the Green Party Platform fully.


[1] This is version 0.2 of this screed and I may well modify it in place, even removing and adding points.

[2] Sanders says it on his own web site.


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