Bernie Sanders Shows Courage in Calling Out US Imperialism

Posted by on March 13, 2016 in Corruption, Government, Military, Policies, Politics with 22 Comments

By Charles P. Pierce | Esquire

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Well, at least I lived long enough to hear a presidential candidate from one of the major parties refer to “the so-called Monroe Doctrine.”

It came during the most interesting passage in the debate Wednesday night between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Sanders was asked if he regretted having once supported the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua and having once paid some compliments to the Castro regime in Cuba.

Well, let me just answer that. What that was about was saying that the United States was wrong to try to invade Cuba, that the United States was wrong trying to support people to overthrow the Nicaraguan government, that the United States was wrong trying to overthrow in 1954, the government—democratically elected government of Guatemala. Throughout the history of our relationship with Latin America we’ve operated under the so-called Monroe Doctrine, and that said the United States had the right do anything that they wanted to do in Latin America. So I actually went to Nicaragua and I very shortly opposed the Reagan administration’s efforts to overthrow that government. And I strongly opposed earlier Henry Kissinger and the—to overthrow the government of Salvador Allende in Chile. I think the United States should be working with governments around the world, not get involved in regime change. And all of these actions, by the way, in Latin America, brought forth a lot of very strong anti-American sentiments. That’s what that was about.

A few minutes later, as an addendum to an answer about her solution to Puerto Rico’s crippling economic crisis, HRC pounced and pandered.

And I just want to add one thing to the question you were asking Senator Sanders. I think in that same interview, he praised what he called the revolution of values in Cuba and talked about how people were working for the common good, not for themselves. I just couldn’t disagree more. You know, if the values are that you oppress people, you disappear people, you imprison people or even kill people for expressing their opinions, for expressing freedom of speech, that is not the kind of revolution of values that I ever want to see anywhere.

OK, I wanted to yell, “What about the Saudis/Chinese?” at my TV, too, and it did occur to me that HRC might want to ask her lunch buddy Henry Kissinger about his human-rights record some time. But what most struck me is the depth of the denial still about the profound costs of U.S. intervention in the affairs of our closest neighbors, and our easiest proxies, in the various Great Games. The Monroe Doctrine might have made sense when England, France, Spain, and even Portugal still had imperial ambitions. But that was a very limited space in time. By the mid-1800’s, the Monroe Doctrine, and the philosophy behind it, was an excuse for land-grabbing. As one prominent American politician once put it,

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Originally entitled: “Bernie Sanders Said Something We Weren’t Ready to Hear Last Night”

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  1.' Chris Barboza says:

    She has the backing of the Democratic Party and some replubicans .
    bernie sanders has no elected officials supporter. He has alienating all politicians. Calling them corrupt.
    You need them elected officials to get things done .
    The fact is Bernie Sanders and Trump have the same problem. WHAT GOOD IS YOUR VOTE . If nothing they want will get passed. YOUR VOTE FOR BERNIE SANDERS OR TRUMP IS WAISTED

    The gridlock in Washington is partly due to the lack or unwillingness of the republicans to work with Obama. Imagine what will happen if both parties are unwilling to work with Bernie Sanders orTrump.

    Hillary Clinton has the support of world allies. Hillary Clinton Knows their leaders And the world’s problems.
    She knows our economy and how to keep it growing.

    The smart choice the right choice the only choice. The choice of people who deal with reality. Not a future to make believe in.
    Not a American that racist, evil, and unjust..
    Republican’s tactics has been in play 30 years using our government bureaus. To do thier political dirty work. They targeted great people the Pope Benedict, John McCain, and 10 years on Hillary Clinton no wrong doing proven .
    Republican’s tactics have created militants of discrimination and evil and they are out of control. They crazy not dealing with reality what so ever.

    . Tap the link see what a true presidential credentials look like .
    The most honored American in history
    Hillary Clinton God gift to the people of America

  2.' Jeremy Hood-Daniel says:

    when the cia destabilized Jamaica, they set us back a hundred years

  3.' Chris Barboza says:

    Wow Bernie Sanders and Trump supporters
    Two wrongs will never make anything right
    This is what terrorists want. For America.
    To fight our selfs
    Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump has brought America to this point. This what happens when you have two political radicals pushing thier
    radical and extremist agendas.

    Best thing for both republican and democratic parties is separate paths from them both.
    Both have fueled people’s anger. And
    Neither one can control their extremist supports

    voters are scared to show up at the poles
    They scared to show their support for Hillary Clinton on her page.. it’s has already happened in our primaries. Bernie Sanders supporters harassing Hillary supporters at caucuses

    Let’s them go independent
    you will see at this at your conventions

    •' Alan Evenson says:

      While I agree with your post, Cruz and Rubio are pretty much far right radicals too. Kasich is almost as radical, but is portraying himself as a moderate. He isn’t.

  4.' Cortez Royalty says:

    #BernieSandersForPresident. Bernie is the Truth!!!!

  5.' Scott Shepherd says:

    Trump 2016!

  6.' Joshua McNair says:

    What’s the Monroe thing you’re talking about?

  7.' Dan Green says:

    The Monroe Doctrine was a U.S. foreign policy regarding domination of the Americas in 1823. It stated that further efforts by European nations to colonize land or interfere with states in North or South America would be viewed as acts of aggression, requiring U.S. intervention.

  8.' Dan Green says:

    What was the context the Monroe Doctrine was brought up in during the debate?

  9.' Aviel Hitchens says:

    “All politics is violence. Delegating rights we don’t have to a “public servant” it is a pitiful attempt at justifying theft, imprisonment, torture, and murder of our fellow man. Herein lies the underlying inconsistency. Nobody can delegate “rights” to another person that one did not already possess. We cannot steal from our neighbor. We cannot threaten our neighbor with arbitrary “laws”. We cannot extort, torture, or imprison our neighbor for failing to comply with our “laws”. We cannot buy goods and services, use them in the name of the “public good” and then send the bill to our neighbor. Yet these very wretchedly fraudulent actions and more we “legitimize” constantly when we go out and exercise the State worshiping racket known as voting.
    There is no pride whatsoever in choosing the Socialist, the Fascist, or the Communist to sit on the throne of power . Belief in “government” has caused most of the atrocities we read and learn about in the history books, and which are continuing to this day. Government only exists to perpetuate itself. Government is not a necessary evil. It is an unnecessary evil. Let go of this fantasy.

    The ease with which decent people engage in voting is a testament to the innate desire of humans to bring about goodness in the world. However a clear distinction must be made between doing good yourself and trusting that murderous sociopaths using the guns of the “State” will do good on your behalf. The former is simple and direct; the latter is distorted and violent. The former is the way of peaceful individuals engaging in voluntary interactions; the latter is the way of hierarchical beasts. Make your choice.”

  10.' Cathy Penn Smith says:

    Un-liking you now. Stay out of politics

    •' Alan Evenson says:

      I don’t mind the politics so much, it’s the Sanders part that distresses me. Most have no clue as to the damage he would do. He is as bad as any republicon.

    •' Cathy Penn Smith says:

      I agree. I just didn’t want to detail that so much as I don’t look to this website for political posts.

  11.' Daniel Salazar says:

    It is very comforting to know that the American Democratic Party has reached such level of maturity as to recognize the mistakes brought by U.S. Foreign policies of the past. Particularly the Monroe doctrine was responsible for detaining progress of Latin American nations towards the development of democracy.

  12.' Tony van Eyseren says:
  13.' Tony van Eyseren says:

    Ouwe zak wat wil die nog president worden ??? Kan die nog mee met de tijd ?? Of loopt hij nog 200 jaar ten achter

  14.' Robert Gale Slater says:

    Two of Bernie’s problems in regards to socialism is his pals Fidel Castro, and Manuel Ortega!

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