Although the demonizing of Assad is a bit unfortunate, I think Mr. Sanders answers those critics who insist that he's just another yes-man for the M.I.C. in this intelligent comment:
"Our response must begin with an understanding of past mistakes and missteps in our previous approaches to foreign policy. It begins with the acknowledgment that unilateral military action should be a last resort, not a first resort, and that ill-conceived military decisions, such as the invasion of Iraq, can wreak far-reaching devastation and destabilize entire regions for decades. It begins with the reflection that the failed policy decisions of the past – rushing to war, regime change in Iraq, or toppling Mossadegh in Iran in 1953, or Guatemalan President Árbenz in 1954, Brazilian President Goulart in 1964, Chilean President Allende in 1973. These are the sorts of policies do not work, do not make us safer, and must not be repeated."
I agree with about 96% of this speech. What other leader touches on all of these items?
Let's hope Mr. Sanders creates enough momentum to ensure that these positive, overdue initiatives cannot be put back into the proverbial genii bottle!