Sanders backs Obama “kill list,” troops to Syria

from the WSWS

Hayes: The current authorization which you cite in what Miguel just quoted, which is the authorization to use military force after 9/11—that has led to the kill list. This president— literally, there is a kill list. There is a list of people that the US government wants to kill, and it goes about doing it. Would you keep the kill list as president of the United States?

Sanders: Look, terrorism is a very serious issue. There are people out there who want to kill Americans, who want to attack this country, and I think we have a lot of right to defend ourselves. I think as Miguel said, though, it has to be done in a constitutional, legal way.

Hayes: Do you think what’s being done now is constitutional and legal?

Sanders: In general, I do, yes.

After obtaining confirmation that Sanders supports Obama’s drone warfare as “constitutional and legal,” Hayes asked about Obama’s announcement Monday morning that the Pentagon would greatly increase the number of Special Forces deployed to Syria—an action that is illegal under international law, since the Syrian government has not given Washington permission to do so.

Sanders replied, “Here’s the bottom line. ISIS has got to be destroyed.” While emphasizing that he favored the use of Muslim Arab ground troops, rather than American troops, except as “advisers” and “trainers,” Sanders reiterated, “We have had some success in the last year or so putting ISIS on the defensive. We’ve got to continue that effort.”

Sanders made similar comments during an interview Sunday on the CNN program “State of the Union,” telling host Jake Tapper that he would support legislation providing a new authorization for the use of military force in Iraq and Syria, giving a new legal basis for the military operations that now involve more than 5,000 US troops in the two countries…

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7 Responses

  1. sure, the commie pacifist doesn’t mind a kill list (typical for a stupid dumbocrap)

  2. So, he’s just like the rest of the Slicks—got a forked tongue, but one coated in the gold he stole from people like me

    • I think in a way, it’s impossible for a candidate to run for office without paying homage to the boogieman mythology that TPTB depend on so much. It’s like Kennedy. He got away with a lot. Threatened to scale back Vietnam, fired Dulles, even talked about ending fuel subsidies for all those Texas Big Business welfare queens… but when he said he was putting an end to the Cold War, that was it. He had to go. Cynthia McKinney… Dennis K… when you seriously suggest ending the 100 years war, they’ll find a way to get you out of the picture and perhaps Sanders is wise enough to know that.

      • I just don’t know how supporting kill lists fits together with the rest of his platform, the one I jumped on with both feet, a big grin on my face, and my little pocketbook in my hand.

        Feels like a big cave to those powers to me, and a knife in my back.

  3. Just another sad reminder of how corrupt the entire system has become. There’s no way to vote ourselves out of this debacle.

    • “There’s no way to vote ourselves out of this debacle.”

      This is correct. There is no way to vote yourself out of a “first past the post” system. It will always produce two parties, who will shift to the center in the interest of protecting the system that supports their existence. That’s why politically savvy people know third parties are a fantasy…unless the voting system and funding is changed at a basic level.

      Maybe if people had been working to change the American voting system for the last 20 years instead of throwing their money at Libertarians/Ron Paul/reactionary conman du jour, you wouldn’t be in this mess.

      • I saw the movie “Milk” about the first openly gay politician. Ultimately that’s what he had to do to get elected … change the election system in San Francisco.

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