In a speech in Charlottesville, Virginia on April 16, 2019, Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke stood behind Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal and called for Americans to be prepared to make great sacrifices.
Just like during WW2.
O’Rourke said to the crowd of supporters, “One of the reasons I like Representative Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed Green New Deal is that it calls to mind another time in this country’s past when we faced an existential challenge. In that case, it was to our way of life to the Western democracies, to our allies in Europe, to our fellow Americans.”
The former Congressman continued, “In the midst of the Great Depression, this country was willing to sacrifice men and women all over the United States to make sure that we defeated Germany, and we won that war. And for the following 75 years that we made this world safe for democracy. The Green New Deal calls that sacrifice and service in scale, scale of commitment when it talks about the challenges that we face today.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal has made waves since it was rolled out in February. Now it appears to be embraced by the entire Democratic Party.
Newsweek reports that Ocasio-Cortez has “compared the Green New Deal to the national emergency facing the United States during World War II.”
Ocasio-Cortez herself said, “We’ve been here before. We’ve been here before with the Great Depression. We’ve been here before with World War II, even the Cold War.”
With Bernie Sanders hiring a known apologist of Venezuelan socialism in David Sirota as his speechwriter, Pete Buttigieg recently calling out capitalism’s supposed failures, and now the Green New Deal being embraced by Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic Party is officially going hard Left.
And from the looks of it, there’s no turning back.
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Is Bernie Sanders the anti-war candidate that many non-interventionists are making him out to be?
Journalists Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey presented some interesting observations about Sanders’ foreign policy views.
Sanders criticized the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani in January and also stressed his opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
During the Iowa presidential debate, Sanders loudly boasted, “I not only voted against that war, I helped lead the effort against that war.”
However, Sanders changed his tune when chatting with the New York Times.
The answers the Sanders campaign gave the Times showed its flexibility when it comes to foreign policy.
In other words, the Sanders campaign signaled to the military and intelligence apparatus that Sanders won’t present a threat to their interests and may actually carry out their interventionist agenda.
One question in the survey that the Times sent the Sanders campaign stuck out above the rest.
The third survey question asked, “Would you consider military force to pre-empt an Iranian or North Korean nuclear or missile test?”
The Sanders campaign responded, “Yes.”
Based on this response, Sanders’ is signaling that he’s willing to continue Bush-era policies of “preemptive war.”
Like Obama, Sanders’ opposition to the Iraq War was a matter of politics rather than a principled opposition to regime change wars.
His campaign was also asked, “Would you consider military force for a humanitarian intervention?”
Sanders responded, “Yes.”
Some of the wars that the U.S. carried out in the name of “human rights” have been the Bosnian war and the bombing of Serbia in the 1990s along with the aerial campaign against Libya in 2011 and the Civil War launched in Syria.
All in all, Sanders’ pro-peace/non-interventionist image is at best window dressing.
Under a Sanders presidency, the interventionist status quo will likely stay in place.
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