Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders blew Donald Trump’s child like AIPAC remarks away by delivering a foreign policy speech that put the Republican frontrunner to shame.
Unlike Trump, who did nothing more than bash the Iran deal at AIPAC, Sen. Sanders said:
We all agree that Iran must not get a nuclear weapon. Where we may disagree is how to achieve that goal. I personally supported the nuclear agreement with the United States, France, China, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran because I believe it is the best hope to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
I believe we have an obligation to pursue diplomatic solutions before resorting to military intervention. If we have learned anything from history it is that we must pursue every diplomatic option.
Sen. Sanders vowed to be a friend to Israel, but he also called for a path to peace and a two-state solution, “I am here to tell you that, if elected president, I will work tirelessly to advance the cause of peace as a partner and as a friend to Israel. But to be successful, we have also got to be a friend not only to Israel, but to the Palestinian people, where in Gaza, unemployment today is 44 percent and the poverty rate is almost as high. That cannot be ignored.”
Sanders also called for the international community to come together to help to rebuild Gaza, and said that the path towards peace will require tapping into our shared humanity to make hard, but just decisions. Sanders also promised an unwavering commitment to the safety and security of the people of Israel.
Sanders also called for an international coalition to destroy ISIS, “While the U.S. has an important role to play in defeating ISIS, it must be led by the countries in the region. I agree with King Abdullah of Jordan who said this is nothing less than a battle for the soul of Islam and that the only people that will destroy ISIS will be Muslim troops on the ground.”
There was no comparison between the speeches of both Sec. Clinton and Sen. Sanders to the empty bluster of Trump. Sanders has a clear vision of US foreign policy. Sanders was not bellowing about things that he will never allow to happen. Instead, he laid out a vision of peace in the Middle East, and the role that the wealthy nations in the region should be playing in their own security.
It is a shame that Sanders was not able to be AIPAC to deliver his speech because his address blew Trump’s remarks out of the water. There was no comparison between the two speeches. Sen. Sanders (I-VT) was a candidate with a vision for the Middle East while Donald Trump behaved as if the presidency is a reality television show that he is looking to star in for next four years