"A snapshot of avoidance can be found on the Sanders campaign’s official website. Under the headline “On the Issues,” Sanders makes no mention of foreign policy, war or any other military topic."
It's notable that Katrina Vanden Heuvel also avoided this topic on her list of "must do's" for any viable political candidate. (The list was published by C.D. yesterday.)
Also related is the fact that Tom Engelhardt's stable of writers, most notably Andrew Bacevich, William Astore, and himself NEVER challenge the military industrial complex, itself. Instead, they traffic in frames similar to those used by sports' referees in analyzing specific plays (war strategies), casualties (primarily to the U.S. team/side), and who is WINNING. These ridiculously narrow frames do NOTHING to challenge The Beast. They remind me of President Bush, Sr's B.S. about turning the U.S. into a "kinder, gentler nation," added to the nonsense about "Compassionate Conservatives."
Mass murder as an enterprise fueled by gargantuan sums cannot be reformed. The paradigm that leads to such massive investment in what is patently immoral, and what leads to nothing but misery, ruined infrastructure, codes of vengeance, and endless death must be gutted. Entirely.
But due to so much FORCED homage to the military in our new Fourth Reich style imperial homeland, any challenge to this engorged entity is probably not allowed.
For 2 decades The Weather Channel--with its millions of viewers and therefore pragmatic place to raise consciousness about global warming--was silent on this issue. In all likelihood, something in the way of a gag order was operating. Only recently has the subject of global warming/climate change been aired.
It's probable that Mr. Sanders recognizes his life might be threatened, if not his political ambitions to make important changes, if he challenges the collective homage directed towards the military (as is the conditioned custom in our Mars-ruled land). His advisors may have warned him.
Or, perhaps Mr. Sanders--as wise strategist--intends to captivate some of the angry white male disaffected voter base, and since to this group, militarism remains a "sacred cow," he's finessing the issue until he might be in an actual position to enact some changes.
Let us not forget that the primary reason why JFK was assassinated by Alan Dulles and his CIA pals (with lots of help from Organized Crime families) was that he DARED to thwart the naked goals of the already Cancerous M.I.C. (That grave warning served as the same kind of deterrent as once did hanging the town thief from the local square.)