Bernie Sanders Shreds Republican Hypocrites For Not Understanding The Real Cost of War

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is completely shredding Republicans by calling out their hypocrisy of being pro-war, but refusing to take care of our veterans.

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Sen. Sanders said:

If you listen to the remarks made by the Republican senators, what they were saying is this is an expensive piece of legislation, and the answer is to some degree, it is. And my response has been, and always will be, if you are not prepared to take care of the men and women who put their lives on the line to defend this country, who came back wounded in body wounded in spirit. If you’re not prepared to help those people, then don’t send them to war in the first place.

I find many of these Republicans it’s just hypocritical to be talking about the cost of this legislation when they don’t understand the real cost of war and what it means to the people who fight in those wars.

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When you talk about the cost of war, I think that most people know that we you talk about Iraq and Afghanistan we’ve lost close to seven thousand men and women. What many people may not appreciate is that some 200,000 people who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan have come home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or traumatic brain injury. Others have come home without legs, without eyesight, without arms. People really suffered, and if the country, our country stands for anything, it must be that we do everything that we can to protect those people who put their lives on the line to defend us.

The Republican have created another PR disaster for themselves by trying to turn the VA scandal into an Obama scandal. I have been covering the Republican obstruction of veterans’ legislation for the last few years. Part of the problem is that the media don’t pay attention to veterans’ issues. A story that I wrote about when it happened in February has gotten a lot of play in the last week by the left about Senate Republicans blocking the Sanders bill to expand veterans benefits. What most people don’t know is that Republicans tried to torpedo the bill before it ever came up for vote.

Where was the mass media coverage, and outrage in February? This is a significant part of the problem. Republicans are not held accountable for their hypocrisy. If the country really cared about our veterans we wouldn’t get outraged about Republican obstruction three or four months after it happened.

Sen. Sanders is one of the few leaders in government who is willing to call out the Republican hypocrisy. Sanders has been a lonely voice screaming in the forest since he became chairmen of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Republicans are hypocrites, and the only reason that they are getting called out this time is because they took it too far.

The reason why Republicans can not be placed in a position of power again is because they have learned absolutely nothing since the Bush years. If Republicans had their way, they would fire some people at the VA, stomp their feet, and move on. They aren’t interested changing their policy of war for the sake of war.

We have a war problem. Republicans have displayed a complete unwillingness to honor the country’s promise to those who put their lives on the line for all of us. If they aren’t willing to pay for the veterans that they created, Republicans need to stop starting wars of choice.

The real patriots are the Americans who are standing up for veterans, not the flag waving, benefit blocking Republicans.

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7 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Shreds Republican Hypocrites For Not Understanding The Real Cost of War”

  1. They understand the real cost of war, all right. The little people pay for it: with their children, their funds, their futures. All the 1% ers have to do is accumulate control and rake in the profits.

  2. There’s going to come a time when war profiteers are not going to be able to pick pocket the taxpayers any more and the oligarchs are going to find themselves on the wrong side of history. I think of Russia, 1917, when the soldiers on the front lines walked off the job and help turn the guns against Czar Nicolas.

    In fact WWI changed the face of European aristocracy forever.

    We haven’t had enough wars on our own soil yet to understand what Europeans took over 2,000 years to finally understand.

  3. The repubs are stuck in that perpetual loop of 19th century thinking. From war to civil rights. We had the opportunity to end Bin Laden and his merry band at Tora Bora but that would have meant and end to the repub war machine.

    As society progresses on and sickens of war and it’s side effects they just don’t get it. Had McCain or Romney won I have no doubt we would have troops in Syria and Ukraine right now. Along with Afghanistan and Iraq. Hell, probably Iran too.

    I say we all do our best to educate the public of the actions of the repubs. Call them out on their voting records. Let their hypocrisy be unveiled.

  4. With the IG report of a lot of people at the VA in Phoenix not being on the waiting lists, I just have to wonder McCain is from Arizona, he is also on the veterans affairs panel, I would think he would once in awhile visit the hospital or maybe be asked by constituents to do something about the waits, he is their4 senator after all.

    McCain is now saying the VA got every penny
    they asked for, where was he when the rethugs voted down the increase in Feb?

  5. On this topic – I have a question. When are we going to pay for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars?

    After WWII, Korea and Vietnam, taxes were raised and the country contributed to repayment of the debts associated with those wars. It was the responsible thing to do – and was led by responsible Republicans who used to stand for fiscal responsibility.

    Now – try to bring up a tax increase to pay for GWB’s wars. The GOP no longer stands for fiscal responsibility – just mental instability and an inability to stand for anything at all or accomplish anything at all.

    They set up close to two trillion dollars of debt… and cut taxes and refunded to surplus – and now say they don’t have enough to pay for food stamps or education? Every person who voted in Congress for those wars should have to give half their salaries/interest income every year for the next 20 years to pay against the deficit. And – that’s just the start of my suggestions…

  6. Your so right Reynardine. Wars never cost them any thing. Not lost son’s, daughters, grandchildren, fathers, or any personal loss at all. Their family is safe at home or installed in college. It is the “Little people” who lose every time. It is safe to say in general, rethugs make money off wars, everyone else takes a loss.

  7. RIGHT!! If a rethug gets close to the white House, or they take control of the House and Senate, you can count on a new war, could be more if you take into account the number of enemy’s the rethugs like to claim. They have no understanding of peace. Anyone who does, the rethugs count as weak.

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