Besides healthcare, immigration, security and climate change policies, US foreign policy is now the only topic for discussion amongst the presidential candidates. The voters have always been inclined towards a candidate with a strong stance on maintaining peace around the globe with no threat to the country’s security.
In a similar attempt to tip the voters in his favor, Sen. Bernie Sanders brought forward the sensitive topic of foreign policy and slammed his fellow Democratic candidate Joe Biden for voting in support of the Iraq war during the seventh Democratic debate in Des Moines, Iowa.
Sanders, who is also one of the consistent top Democratic hopefuls, raised the subject of US foreign policy at a crucial time when the US-Iran conflict is on the brink of converting into a war.
During the Iowa Debate, Sanders got involved in an intense argument with Biden on the latter’s vote to authorize the military action in Iraq. Sanders not only criticized Biden for voting in support of the Iraq War but also termed the US offensive against Iraq in 2002 as “the worst foreign policy blunder in U.S. history.”
Recalling the US foreign policy that authorized the military offensive in Iraq, Sanders said, “Joe and I listened to what Cheney and Bush and Rumsfeld said, and I thought they were lying. I did what I could to end that war, but Joe saw it differently.”
The strained relations between the US and Turkey, and the efforts being put to curb the five-year-long Libyan Civil War have been raising questions on the viability of the Trump administration. Not to forget the support to Israel and legalizing the Israeli Settlements in the past months.
During the entire debate, Sanders seemed determined to emerge as the frontrunner, which will prove beneficial to his campaign, since only a month or less remains for the presidential primary in Iowa and other states.
He also seemed to ensure that by the end of the debate he had created an image of himself as the leading voice on “withdrawing the US from foreign conflicts”. Sanders also mentioned that the President might worsen the US-Iran conflict to a point that it will lead to a war between both the nations.
He said, “What we have to face as a nation is that the two great foreign policy disasters of our lifetimes were the war in Vietnam and the war in Iraq. Both of those wars were based on lies. And right now, what I fear very much is we have a president who is lying again and could drag us into a war that is even worse than the war in Iraq.”