Again Bernie Sanders calls for the bigoted, cruel, imperial Saudi and Qatari
regimes to take the lead in solving things in the Middle East.
“And one point I want to make here that is not made very often, you have
incredibly wealthy countries in that region, countries like Saudi Arabia, countries
like Qatar. Qatar happens to be the largest — wealthiest country per capita in the
world. They have got to start putting in some skin in the game and not just ask the
United States to do it.” – from the 1/17 debate
Sam Husseini wrote about Sanders and the Saudi regime last year noting that Sanders had called on the Saudis to intervene more, to get their “hands dirty” in a CNN interview in February of 2015. We don’t know if the Saudi king heard about this, but a month later their hands were full of dirt bombing Yemen with abandon. In November 2015 Sanders was complaining that the Saudis weren’t doing enough to bomb ISIS saying the Saudis should lead the struggle for “the soul of Islam”. Imagine he wants the regime of headchoppers and women haters to teach Muslims how to act.
In the debate yesterday Sanders abandons even the pretense of support for Syrian people and joins the Counterpunch-National Review consensus that all the U.S. should care about is ISIS. Sanders say, “But the immediate task is to bring all interests together who
want to destroy ISIS, including Russia, including Iran, including our Muslim allies
to make that the major priority.”
Not one word about starvation in Syria. Not one word about getting U.N. aid into
the areas under siege. Not one word about barrel bombs.
Clinton yesterday did mention Assad cruelties only to talk about “proxy war”. She said about the Syria fighting, “It is amplified by Assad, who has waged one of the bloodiest, most terrible attacks on his own people: 250,000-plus dead, millions fleeing. Causing this
vacuum that has been filled unfortunately, by terrorist groups, including ISIS. So, I
think we are in the midst of great turmoil in this region. We have a proxy conflict
going on between Saudi Arabia and Iran. ” No mention that the U.S. winked as the Saudis and Qataris armed their proxies.
The word “Yemen” comes up in the debate once. Clinton says the word when she
accuses IRAN of bad behavior there. “bad behavior in the region which is causing
enormous problems in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and elsewhere.” Alireza Nader, a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation says Iran’s military aid to forces in Yemen is “negligible”.
Another candidate who was interviewed on another program Jill Stein of the
Green Party when asked by CNN about ISIS said, “We’re calling for a peace
offensive to stop the flow of money and weapons and to focus on what are truly
the threats to American lives and well-being, and that is deaths from poverty, from
lack of health insurance, homelessness and gun violence.” Really weak. ISIS and its wannabees are no threat to Americans? And not a word about Syria and Yemen or Palestine. Stein gave her answer to Obama’s State of the Union speech on RT, Russia Today, the unofficial Putin state organ. What’s with that? A month ago Stein attended a dinner with Vladamir Putin. What?