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War and Peace and the 2020 Presidential Candidates

War and Peace and the 2020 Presidential Candidates

Medea Benjamin

Forty-five years after Congress passed the War Powers Act in the wake of the Vietnam War, it has finally used it for the first time, to try to end the U.S.-Saudi war on the people of Yemen and to recover its constitutional authority over questions of war and peace. This hasn’t stopped the war yet, and President Trump has threatened to veto the bill.

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Thank you, Medea Benjamin and Nicolas JS Davies, for providing this analysis of the ‘parade of Democrats’ on the crucial issue.

Perhaps it could be continued, with other issues, such as the climate crisis, as we slog along on the perpetual election campaign trail.

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I have to confess to being a Medea groupie, so I’m not surprised to find her analysis impeccable as usual. Just tell me which of 'em to vote for, Medea.

Better yet: Medea Benjamin for President!

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Here is a wonderful British perspective on the upcoming presidential election AND a general critique of the good ol’ U.S. of A.

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This is so wonderful! A million thanks to Medea and Nicolas! What a useful article for us in our work to make sure we elect a candidate that supports peace!! Alice

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I believe she would be more effective as a Senator but I agree with your comment of “impeccable analysis”, AlephNull

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Helpful analysis.

My 2016 vote went to the candidate with the policy stances on foreign policy and issues of war and peace that dovetailed the most with my own by far, Jill Stein. As a result, I hold my head high. Her stated positions over the years:

Support Iranian nuclear deal as part of nuclear-free Mideast.
Syria invited Russia into war; don’t threaten no-fly zone.
US helped create refugee crisis, so we should help them.
Re-examine NATO to avoid economic and military domination.
End CIA-supported coups and regime change in Latin America.
U.S. meddling in Mideast exacerbates terrorism.
Stop US funding and support of the Israeli occupation.
Back to the drawing board on our relationship to the Mideast.
End foreign aid to countries with human rights abuses.
Take 65,000 Syrian refugees immediately, not over 18 months.
Work towards neutral Ukraine; don’t arm them against Russia.
China provides less heavy-handed foreign aid than does US.
Lifting the Cuban embargo was long overdue.
Expanding NATO threatens Russia and breaks our promise.
Focus on human rights, international law, and diplomacy.
Re-establish foreign policy on basis of international law.
End Israeli apartheid occupations and illegal settlements.
Get tough policy has opposite effect of what was intended.
End trade embargo and travel ban on Cuba.
Start holding all parties accountable in Israel/Palestine.
US should behave as member of world community, no world cop.

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Early on in the 2016 primary Sen. Sanders did call for cuts in the DoD budget. It was then about $576 billion and he thought it could be brought down to $475-450 billion. And, it could and has to in order to assist in changing the dire direction we’ve been headed for, in the last two decades.
FYI- the DoD budget in 2001 was about $290 billion and without an accurate Congressional audit, too. ( 5-8% waste, fraud and abuse is pretty typical in these matters. )
Thanks Medea for this article.

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I wish more folks would think ahead, as you do, to consider whom you would not be ashamed of having voted for. Good on ya.

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Hi SkepticTank—I did vote for Jill Stein after the AP/Hillary debacle—when Bernie was dissed by the DNC,

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My 2016 vote went to the candidate with the policy stances on foreign policy and issues of war and peace that dovetailed the most with my own by far, Jill Stein. As a result, I hold my head high.

Me too!

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This is valuable information that should be widely published and read.
Progressives need to make the Dems break the reactionary ‘bipartisan consensus’ on foreign policy.

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The Brit makes some good points, but should read what Benjamin and Davies report on Sanders. Two particular weak spots are his demonization of Venezuela’s government (while, like virtually everyone, opposing a military invasion) and too much support for Israel’s war crimes.

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I understand, and once upon a time I expected him to be perfect. I don’t anymore and am glad of it. The man is willing to change if he is shown his “errors”. I expect the Venezuela attitude to be different as more information is revealed.
Like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeNCbXVHrR8

And this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9JRD_jCNp8

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Considering the stellar journalism and authorship you
both represent, this is a slap in the face reality: sounding
like little hope for peace, likely hood of more war,
and continued subservience to the military-industrial complex,
no matter who wins.
And that’s not considering what happened when one
president did counter the MIC (Nov. 1963), and the deafening
silence for the fate of Julian Assange, dedicated anti-war
WikiLeaks publisher.

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This poster represents the profound disconnect that the so called “Peace and Justice” movement has regarding global poverty…perhaps the single greatest injustice that fosters war, terrorism, violence, genocide and revolutions.

The poster’s #2 suggests using “diplomacy and international law” and ZERO mention of using “development” or the “Sustainable Development Goals” to PREVENT war….

And they wonder why their movement is in decline in the face of growing global threats….

Chuck Woolery, Former Chair
United Nations Association, Council of Organizations
315 Dean Dr., Rockville, MD 20851
Cell:240-997-2209 [chuck@igc.org]

435 Campaign: www.435globaljustice.blogspot.com (May 2017 through today)

Voted for Jill Stein, too!

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Good article, AS FAR AS IT GOES!
Disappointed that Medea Benjamin wouldn’t include Jill Stein, or anyone from the socialist groups.
Ignoring them, especially Dr. Jill Stein,
serves to foster the NEGATIVE SELF-
FULFILLING PROPHECY that “a third party can’t win”.
We Americans need to grow up politically, and understand that organizations have CLASS character:
The “Democratic” party is CAPITALIST, RULING CLASS, and it is entrenched, and WILL NOT CHANGE.
Pursuing profound change through the demagogic party could be what leads to our extinction.
Even the Gallup Poll said that a MAJORITY of Americans want a new party.
And the Green Party is on the ballot in almost every state now.
We need to be open to the possibility of building a NON-CORPORATE party.
Extinction won’t be quick and painless.
Progressives should make the situation clear: let the corporate owners and their dwindling number of dupes be divided between 2 or more parties,
while we UNITE in ONE LARGE, NON-CORPORATE PARTY, drawing in the better part of those who don’t vote now, because no one inspires their trust.

But … Empires like wars!

What were 3 of the first things we were taught as children by our parents": do not lie, always keep your promises and do not steal. So why is the quote below from the article justified by the authors?

“While we can’t guarantee that candidates will stick to their campaign promises, it is important to look at this new crop of presidential candidates and examine their views—and, when possible, voting records—on issues of war and peace. What prospects for peace might each of them bring to the White House?”

Anyway, while the article gives a good breakdown of each of the 2020 Presidential candidate’s views on war, if we cannot expect to believe what they say then why do we bother to vote?