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Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=45337"><span class="small">John Bowden, The Hill</span></a>   
Sunday, 26 May 2019 10:40

Bowden writes: "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took aim at calls for him to 'apologize' for his refusal to support U.S. armed conflicts in the Middle East, saying Friday that he was 'right' about past U.S. wars and would continue to advocate against war with Iran."

Bernie Sanders. (photo: Antonella Crescimbeni)
Bernie Sanders. (photo: Antonella Crescimbeni)

Bernie Sanders: I Apologize to No One for Opposing a New War With Iran

By John Bowden, The Hill

26 May 19


en. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took aim at calls for him to "apologize" for his refusal to support U.S. armed conflicts in the Middle East, saying Friday that he was "right" about past U.S. wars and would continue to advocate against war with Iran.

In a tweet, Sanders wrote that he will "apologize to no one" for supporting peaceful diplomatic efforts over armed conflict with Iran, citing U.S. wars in Iraq and Vietnam as examples of past U.S. armed responses that resulted in long-running and exhausting wars.

"I was right about Vietnam. I was right about Iraq. I will do everything in my power to prevent a war with Iran. I apologize to no one," the senator tweeted, along with a video explaining his stance against war with the country.

"Recently I've been criticized a bit because of my opposition to war," he says in the video. "So let me be very clear: I make no apologies to anybody that when I was a young man, before I was elected to anything, I opposed the war in Vietnam. And I know what that war did to my generation."

"I'm going to do everything that I can to prevent a war with Iran, because if you think the war in Iraq was a disaster, my guess is that war in Iran would be even worse," he added.

The comments come as tensions rise between the U.S. and Iran, with the State Department pulling most U.S. personnel from Iraq amid reports that the Pentagon presented a plan to deploy 120,000 troops to the region, which Trump dismissed. The back-and-forth has prompted many to point to Iraq as a warning sign for consequences of war with Iran.

Sanders was questioned on NBC's "Meet the Press" over the weekend about his past opposition to the Vietnam War.

One tweet from the "Meet the Press" Twitter account declared that Sanders "said he won't apologize" for his anti-war efforts. The tweet was widely shared online, with Sanders supporters questioning why the senator would apologize for a stance they argue has been historically vindicated.

Sanders, who is running for president in 2020, currently sits in second place in most polls of early primary states behind former Vice President Joe Biden but ahead of a large pack of rival Democrats that has swelled to more than 20 contenders in total.

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+9 # apotem 2019-05-26 14:03
BTW: What did REPUBLICAN president Eisenhower say about industrial-mili tary complex? Does anyone remember?
+4 # chrisconno 2019-05-27 12:38
Beware the military industrial complex.
+1 # Caliban 2019-05-29 10:55
The following is from General Dwight D. Eisenhower's "Farewell Address to the Nation" on January 17, 1961:

A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction...

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence—econo mic, political, even spiritual—is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–indust rial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.
+13 # margpark 2019-05-26 14:33
Bernie is right. This endless war needs to stop. And we sure don't need a new one.
+13 # chrisconno 2019-05-26 15:09
Thank you esteemed Senator Bernie Sanders. The rush to war is an egregious mistake for everyone but the profiteers. Sacrificing lives for profit fits more with sacrifices made to volcanoes in pursuit of gob?. Why are we still so primitive? Bernie Sanders is a hero in his consistent opposition by every definition of the word.
+9 # lfeuille 2019-05-26 19:35
Who are the idiots trying to get him to apologize for opposing these stupid unnecessary wars?
+7 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-05-26 22:01
Go Bernie, GO. We need you now more than ever.
+9 # Ramon 2019-05-26 22:49
So now we're rewriting US history for the past half century? Bernie was a thousand times right to oppose the war against VietNam and another thousand times correct to oppose the Bush regime's outlandish war against Iraq.There are a lot of people who need to do penance for their disgraceful support of the invasion of Iraq, beginning with H. Clinton and J. Biden, but Bernie has a right to be proud of his stances, in VietNam and Iraq.
+8 # treerapper 2019-05-27 02:46
+7 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-05-27 07:38
I listened to a speech by Sanders in Vermont recently. He was just great. My prediction is that the candidate who stands most strongly against the Forever War we are in will win the 2020 election. To be on the left or on the progressive side is to be inherently against imperialist wars. Trump ran to the left of Hillary on war issues and that was probably a large part of the reason why he won.

Biden is all for imperialist wars. This will be his end very soon. While President Bolton and his monkey on a leash Trump ramp up a war against Iran, democrats will decisively move toward the candidate who proclaims without apology or without waffling his/her opposition to a war against Iran.

There is every reason in the world for the US to have good relations with Iran, except for one. And that is the power of Netanyahoo and his band of neo-con cutthroats. Bolton is a neo-con cutthroat. Hillary was covered up with them. Biden loves them.

Sanders is right on the mark to reject the neo-con cutthroats totally and without apology.

No More War. World Peace is the future.
0 # yolo 2019-05-30 12:59
"My prediction is that the candidate who stands most strongly against the Forever War we are in will win the 2020 election."

If the US economy stays strong Trump will likely win again. And don't forget last year when Trump tried to pull troops out of Syria and Afghanistan he was rebuked by the Senate on a bipartisan vote. There are many in both parties who support the security state.
+3 # tsyganka 2019-05-27 15:06
We need Bernie's platform, & specifically Bernie (& non-GOPers in Congress) to implement it. We've made good inroads in the House & must do the same in the Senate.

As GOPers control the fraudulent vote 'counting' machines, we need paper ballots in place BEFORE 2020.

I'm on the mailing lists of several national Dem orgs. I never donate. I stay there just to emphasize that I want Bernie for president, & not some war-lusting misogynist bozo like Biden.

If the Dems vomit up Biden or some other zero as 'our' choice, then the U.S. is broken. The Dem establishment will be traitors abetting a fascist takeover. Then no one will have Any reason to support the two-party whipsaw that toadies for the military-indust rial complex.

We must pressure Dem orgs & make them know that only Bernie will get our vote. E.g., contact your local Dem party & tell them you're a Bernie voter. Call your Dem legislators (oh jeez, if you HAVE any) & tell them the same. Vote in every poll that includes Bernie. And so forth.

Tell people in forums what Biden's record is. Many - I'd say Most - of them have no clue about his crime bills, racism, anti-bankruptcy bills/amendment s (really Bad for students), key role in putting sexual predator Clarence Thomas on the SCOTUS & in selling the illegal war on Iraq to the public. (Glorification of the military is one of the traits of fascism.) Also, Biden has had at least 2 aneurysms.

Biden would LOSE. Bernie would WIN.

+2 # DongiC 2019-05-27 18:28
I'm for Sanders and peace because I love humanity!