Good insights, Mr. Leopold.
"But the foreign policy establishment and Team Hillary warn that Sanders is naive. Once in office he will have no choice but to defend, and thereby project, American power around the world. That is the responsibility of the world’s superpower. He will be drawn into the long war against terrorism, just like Obama."
There is a huge distinction that hopefully would separate Mr. Sanders from the past Presidential pattern. Since W.W. II, the only "American power" being protected and/or projected around the world has been that used to protect U.S. corporations.
Since most of these corporations are charging usurious rates for their products, and in most cases underpaying workers while too often leaving pollution or toxic residues behind; they can hardly be held up as good for American citizens, by and large.
The Military's function is to protect corporate power and profits (while sustaining its own lucrative financial cash flow); and Mr. Sanders--unlike every other candidate (apart from Jill Stein who has zero visibility) --makes that distinction.
When a candidate is not tethered to or pressured by corporate oligarchs, VERY different decisions--which is to say ones that would be actually beneficial to U.S. citizens--can be pursued.
This conflation of the Citizenry and/or America/Americans with a number of massively influential industries deliberately distorts the truth.
WE are not G.E.
WE are not Monsanto
WE are not the big banks
We are not McDonnell Douglas/Raytheon/Dynacorps
WE are not At & T
WE are not Walmart
Of course persons ranging from John Perkins to Smedly Butler have done their best to expose that truth.