Tags: : Bernie Sanders, Commander in Chief, defense, Hillary Clinton, ISIS, Presidential election, refugees
Here are some questions about Bernie Sander’s fitness to be the Commander in Chief.
Does Bernie Sanders agree that we need a capable – hence adequately funded – Department of Defence?
What capabilities of the Department of Defence does Bernie Sanders want to enhance?
How does Bernie Sanders plan to respond to the non-traditional military sitiations posed by terrorism and by countries (Syria, Russia, China, North Korea) that sneer at international law?
What policies does Bernie Sanders think should govern the use of drones?
What are his thoughts on collateral damage?
What areas of defense R&D does Bernie Sanders think needs to be pursued? What new weapons and tactical capabilities are needed?
What is Bernie Sander’s rough estimate of the proper level of funding for the Department of Defense next year? How many Divisions and how many aircraft carriers should we have?
When Assad used chemical weapons against peaceful Syrians, did Bernie Sanders support the idea of US participation in setting up a no-fly zone to protect Syrian civilians from attack by Assad’s military? (A no-fly zone was not set up after Asaad’s use of chemical weapons, despite our prior hollow talk of a ‘red line’. That created a vacuum. That vacuum helped catpult ISIS into becoming a priminent player. Our lack of follow-through, and the hollowness of our threat, bears a major responsibility for the flourishing of ISIS.)
What would Bernie Sanders do to protect the non-extremist anti-Assad groups in Syria from Assad, and from Putin?
What would Bernie Sanders do to protect the very effective Kurdish fighters against attacks by Erdogan’s authoritarian Turkey?
What would Bernie Sanders do about the desparate refugees who have fled ISIS?
Any candidate who cannot come up with thoughful, practical answers to these questions is utterly unfit to be commander and chief.
Any candidate who has not already pondered these questions is utterly unfit to be commander and chief.
During the Presidential election, that will be obvious to anyone who values practical effects over wishful thinking.
Being good-hearted is not enough.
Economic fairness is important, but do not underestimate the importance that most voters assign to:
– adequate defense
– our role in supporting international fairness
– and to being respected internationally, and effective internationally.
Some of those latter urgeswere a major factor in the ability of Mussolini and Hitler to replace open political systems by authoritarian ones.
Those same aspects drive Putin’s high popularity in the face of the economic disaster he has brought to Russia.
The importance of same aspects are why China follows an aggressive, nationalistic policies in south-east Asia, despite the political and economic backlash from neighboring countries, and because of China’s falling rate of economic growth.
In the Presidential election, a candidate that lives in dream-land will lose to a candidate who at least cares about what is achievable, no matter how ill-considered are that candidate’s specific goals and paths to those goals.
So a vote in the primary for a well-intentioned candidate who does not care about defense and about foreign policy will inadvertantly aid the victory of the candidate of the opposite party, as long as that competing candidate does have strong opinions (however stupid) about defense and foreign policy.
Remember how votes for the egotist Ralph Nader first made George Bush president instead of Al Gore, and then four years later help George Bush win a second term. (Recall also Nader’s hypocritical claim that there would be no difference between Gore and Bush presidencies.)
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