Peace Warrior Bernie Sanders Storms The Senate And Calls Out GOP Warmongers

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While announcing his support for the Iran nuclear agreement, Sen. Sanders (I-VT) called out the Republicans who wrong about Iraq and now oppose the Iran deal.

Sanders said:

Those who have spoken out against this agreement, including many in this chamber, and those who have made every effort to thwart the diplomatic process, are many of the same people who spoke out forcefully and irresponsibly about the need to go to war with Iraq – one of the worst foreign policy blunders in the modern history of our country.

Sadly, people like former vice president Dick Cheney and many of the other neo-cons who pushed us to war Iraq were not only tragically wrong then; they are wrong now. Unfortunately, these individuals have learned nothing from the results of that disastrous policy and how it destabilized the entire region.

I fear that many of my Republican colleagues do not understand that war must be a last resort, not the first resort. It is easy to go to war, it not so easy to comprehend the unintended consequences of that war.

As the former Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, I have talked to veterans from WWII to Iraq, and I have learned a little bit about what the cost of war entails. In Iraq and Afghanistan, we have lost 6,700 brave men and women, and many others have come home without legs, without arms, without eyesight.

Let us not forget that 500,000 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan came back to their families with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. The suicide rate of young veterans is appallingly high. The divorce rate is appallingly high, and the impact on children is appallingly high. God knows how many families have been devastated by these wars.

And we should not forget the many hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women, and children who died in that war, and those whose lives who have been completely destabilized, including those who are fleeing their country today with only the clothes on their back as refugees. The cost of war is real.

Yes, the military option should always be on the table, but it should be the last option. We have got to do everything we can do to reach an agreement to ensure that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon without having to go to war.

The Republicans who are opposing the Iran deal want the American people to forget about their lies that led to the invasion of Iraq. It is not a coincidence that the same group of individuals who were so eager to go to war in Iraq is in complete opposition to a diplomatic solution in Iran.

The left has presented a united front on the Iran deal. The liberal leaders in the Senate have had President Obama’s back because they understand what is at stake. The Iran nuclear agreement is a matter of war and peace.

As Sen. Sanders pointed out on the Senate floor, the same people who lied to us about Iraq, now want the American people to believe them about the Iran deal.

Republicans have less than no credibility on this issue, and Sen. Sanders did his country a great service when he reminded everyone about the GOP’s record of pro-war lies.

31 Replies to “Peace Warrior Bernie Sanders Storms The Senate And Calls Out GOP Warmongers”

  1. Sometimes I wish Senators who have any sense would call out by name the chicken hawks the war profiteers by name. To bad the rules forbid it

  2. Thank you Senator Sanders. Now show real stones by
    initiating an Un-American Activities Inquisition. One that
    will make all the Benghazi probes look like child’s play.

  3. And over at kos some are painting her as a warmonger. I like the site but some of those people get on my last nerves

  4. The Donald and Cruz should be VERY cautious. They may get away with their treasonous lies and insults against our POTUS, but it may not go over so well when bashing the co-signers of the Iran deal.

  5. How many of us felt betrayed when PBO let the Bush tax
    cuts for fat cats remain? Or are still waiting for immigrat-
    ion reform to no avail? Sure, it isn’t entirely the POTUS
    who’s to blame, but the Daily Banter link reminds us that
    battle choosing and compromise deduct from expectat-
    ions. If Bernie were to make it all the way to the WH, he
    will sure have a lot of folks impatiently awaiting their
    promised golden unicorns. Obama is gonna be a hard act to follow and even though we haven’t gotten every-
    thing we wanted, we got what we needed most…GOP
    RELIEF. Party comes first, no matter who gets the nom-
    ination for the sake of momentum. Humble and wise…

  6. I don’t hate Hillary by any means, but I seem to recall her voting to invade Iraq. Bernie, on the other hand, not only voted against the invasion, but gave a speech on the Senate floor that was prescient to the point of being almost prophetic. Go read it. Almost every ignored warning he gave us has come to pass. Bernie’s record on war and peace is near-perfect for those of us who love diplomacy and despise war. Feel the Bern!

  7. Voting for funding after doing all he could to keep us out of Iraq, was quite simply an attempt to make sure that the sons and daughters of low- and middle-income Americans (rich kids, by and large, don’t fight for this country) had the equipment necessary to do what the rich chicken-hawks sent them to do, and have a better chance of coming home in one piece. As Jesus would have said, better hot or cold than lukewarm. The cows were already out of the barn. Closing the door before they returned would have made no sense, and we might have lost 70,000 instead of 7,000. Easy to be an armchair liberal with no skin in the game, like the plutocrats and their coddled offspring.

  8. Bullshit. You know how the Vietnam war ended? They cut off funds. So if his conviction was that strong he would have never signed off on Kosovo, the first gulf war, giving bush the power to invade Afghanistan and all the other engagements we been in since he came into office. His shit stinks just like every other politricksan

  9. And why was Vietnam defunded? Because we went to a lottery system, so rich kids came home dead and maimed. As long as it was only the poor and working class getting shot, Congress was willing to fund it indefinitely. Sure, he’s a politricksian, and they’re all dirty. Plumbers don’t smell good, either, but they perform a job most don’t have the stomach for. So don’t vote at all then. But to support Hillary over Bernie based on war voting records is pretty damn hypocritical. Bernie’s no Ghandi, but he’s no Skull n Bones Illuminati vampire either. Get real.

  10. So SOS Clinton is a member of Skull n Bones Illuminati vampire? You are on the verge of being shown the door for being an idiot

  11. Clintons voting record is almost the same as Sanders and in her short time in the Senate she got more done than Sanders 25 years.

  12. No, voting to invade AND fund is quite different than voting against invading, and then after doing everything one can to avoid invasion, voting to make sure the troops had what they needed. As for the Clinton/Bush business connections, they are a mattet of public record. Funny you would threaten to “show me the door” for intelligently expressing an opinion you disagree with. No problem. First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. I have no qualms about disagreement, that’s our First Amendment right.

  13. But Sanders voting for the AUMF gave bush the power to do what he he did to Iraq and the reason I said you can be shown the door is because you equated Clinton to skull and bones and the illuminati. That’s just utter bullshit. That’s like saying President Obama is a secret Muslim. You trying to avocate for Sanders with your tactics are no better than the baggers. Think about it

  14. If it offends you that I see the Clinton dynasty as the left’s equivalent of the Bush dynasty, just take a comparative look at their donor lists. You can’t equate someone who votes against and speaks out against an invasion, and then when outvoted tries to make sure the troops have what they need; with someone who votes for the invasion AND votes to fund it. As far as the Clinton-Bush business connections, they are a matter of public record by now. Establishment of mega-rich oligarchies is their game, man. This stuff is not conspiracy theory–it’s conspiracy ANALYSIS.

  15. Again for the hard of learning Clintons voting record is the same as Sanders. Show a link where the bush and Clintons have an affair

  16. This article is egregiously false. Sanders is NOT a peace Warrior and his record proves it. Check it out for yourself and don’t be misled by propaganda.

  17. Progressive Review, 2006. Mena, AR. Google it yourself, you ‘re the linkmeister. I’m just a working man with a cheap Samsung with no JavaScript. ButI can tell you this: I’m from Missouri, just north of Arkansas, and it was pretty much common knowledge to lots of us way back in the 80s. Come on, man, momma didn’t raise no fool. Just like we all knew Harry Truman, my hometown homeboy, was a 33rd degree Mason who saw non-whites as subhuman. He only integrated the armed forces because Black people rose up in outrage over their treatment in postwar America, but he sure wouldn’t do a thing to stop the lynchings, Paul Robeson’s pleas notwithstanding. I ain’t drinking the neo-liberal or neo-con kool-aid.

  18. Mena airport? Where the Clintons had cocaine and murdered people? I will tell you the same thing I told another asshole who post Jerry Fawell lies. Post one more idiotic thing and I will ban you

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