Friday, 27 May 2016

He Has A Record - Michael W. Stowell

Democratic Socialist??? He called Hugo Chavez a "dead communist dictator" then he saddled up for a photo op with Evo Morales at the Vatican???

I know the Sanders supporters don't consider the fact that he has been in congress for a long time and has a record, they're too captivated by his rhetoric to investigate that. Here's a small sampling: He expressed staunch support for the aid and encouragement of violently right-wing separatist forces such as the self-styled Kosovo Liberation Army, whose members were trained as Mujahideen, during Clinton's 100-day bombing of Yugoslavia and Kosovo in 1999. So he has a record of supporting jihadist proxies for the overthrow of sovereign governments.

Sanders also supported Bill Clinton's sanctions against Iraq, sanctions that prohibited medicines for infants and children...more than 500,000 innocents killed for no other reason than that they were Iraqi. Sanders said yes in a voice vote to the Clinton-era crime Bill, the Violent Crime Control & Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which expanded the death penalty to cover 60 offenses. So he is obviously pro-death penalty.

He loves to bluster about corporate welfare and big banks but he voted for funding the Commodity Futures “Modernization” Act which deregulated commercial banks and created an “unregulated market in derivatives and swaps” which was the major contributor to the 2007 economic crisis.

Sanders has always voted in favor of awarding more corporate welfare for the military-industrial-complex - he continues his undying support of the $1.5 trillion F-35, which is still not finished, and even if he says he's against a particular war he votes in favor of funding it. How sane is that - voting in favor of funding something that you are opposed to??

Then too, I don't forget that after all his ranting he voted in favor of what was originally a Republican proposal for a tax and law requiring American citizens to purchase products from corporate insurers - more corporate welfare.

Sanders has never talked about Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories and the Palestinian right of return or about reparations for the Palestinian Nakba. At best, he seems to equate both sides as being equally responsible for all the death and destruction and you should know as well as I do, that is absurd. Then, too, he always votes for more funding for the Zionists, at every turn, though I don't recall him ever introducing legislation to provide funding for Palestine. Sanders has never suggested enforcing U.S. law and cutting off all aid until Israel enters into and abides by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Whatever the number, Israel has more than 100 nuclear weapons, yet no one in the US government, including Bernie Sanders, will publicly admit to this truth because to do so would expose contravention of the very laws we passed decades ago against proliferation, while simultaneously revealing the hypocrisy of the current American foreign policy regarding Israel. Below is an overview of the US laws broken, provided by the Arms Control Association:

Symington Amendment
Adopted 1976. Sec. 101 of the Arms Export Control Act,formerly Sec. 669 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 as amended. Prohibits most U.S. assistance to any country found trafficking in nuclear enrichment equipment or technology outside of international safeguards. President Jimmy Carter found Pakistan in violation of the Symington amendment in 1979 because of Islamabad’s clandestine construction of a uranium enrichment plant. U.S. aid to Islamabad was possible between 1982 and 1990 only through the use of presidential waivers.

Glenn Amendment
Adopted 1977. Sec. 102(b) of the Arms Export Control Act,formerly Sec. 670 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 as amended. Prohibits U.S. foreign assistance to any non-nuclear-weapon state (as defined by the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) that, among other things, detonates a nuclear explosive device. President Bill Clinton imposed Glenn amendment sanctions against India on May 13, 1998, two days after NewDelhi broke its self-imposed 24-year moratorium on nuclear testing. On May 30,1998, Clinton invoked similar sanctions against Pakistan, following Islamabad’s six nuclear tests on May 28 and 30.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 27th, 2016.]

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