Bernie Sanders’s Paradoxical Foreign Policy

Washington Free Beacon | 2/21/2019 | Aaron Kliegman
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In April 2015, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) launched a bid for the presidency. Five months later, the senator added, for the first time, a section on foreign policy to his campaign website. What happened in the interim? Did Sanders not realize that the president is commander in chief, and that the job description includes handling international issues? Even afterward, Sanders and his campaign avoided foreign policy like the plague, always pivoting to discuss income inequality and corrupt "millionaires and billionaires."

This time around, Sanders is making foreign policy one of his principle focuses. After listening to critics deride his ignorance of and disinterest in global affairs, the senator hired his own Ben Rhodes, a writer with little relevant experience to advise him on foreign policy. Sanders then delivered two major speeches on foreign policy—one in 2017, the other last year. He also spearheaded the push for legislation to end American support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen. Even before Sanders launched a second campaign for the White House on Tuesday, he emerged as a prominent voice on foreign affairs, outlining a progressive vision for America's role in the world.

Sanders - Interest - Peter - Beinart - Article

Given Sanders's newfound interest, Peter Beinart argues in a new article in the Atlantic that, unlike in 2016, the senator may distinguish himself from other Democratic candidates in 2020 because of his progressive views on foreign policy, not because of his democratic socialist views on domestic matters. "Sanders doesn't just talk about foreign policy more," Beinart writes. "He talks about it in a more radical way."

Beinart notes that the other senators running for the Democratic nomination are no hawks, and hold standard left-wing views on most matters of foreign policy. But "what distinguishes Sanders is the same quality that distinguished him on domestic policy in 2016: his willingness to cross red lines...
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