“Anti-war” Bernie, in fact, supported several wars throughout his political career.
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ history of voting for needless interventionism and unilateral wartime powers is antithetical to his purported “anti-war” label. In fact, his past foreign policy positions fail to distinguish him from other neocon candidates.
The Vermont senator supported NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999 along with U.S. military involvement in the Kosovo War for the purpose of regime change, a policy position that lead to one of his staffers resigning in protest.
Jeremy Brecher said the following in his resignation letter:
“The House Resolution (S Con Res 21) of 4/29/99 which ‘authorizes the president of the United States to conduct military air operations and missile strikes in cooperation with the United States’ NATO allies against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia’ supports not only the current air war but also its unlimited escalation. It thereby authorizes the commission of war crimes, even of genocide. Indeed, the very day after that vote, the Pentagon announced that it would begin ‘area bombing,’ which the Washington Post (4/30/99) characterized as ‘dropping unguided weapons from B-52 bombers in an imprecise technique that resulted in large-scale civilian casualties in World War II and the Vietnam War.’
It was your vote in support of this resolution that precipitated my decision that my conscience required me to resign from your staff. I have tried to ask myself questions that I believe each of us must ask ourselves:
Is there a moral limit to the military violence you are willing to participate in or support? Where does that limit lie? And when that limit has been reached, what action will you take?” Source
Experts agree that the 2011 war in Libya was a product of botched foreign entanglements. Similarly, U.S. led NATO-backed regime change in Kosovo in 1999 resulted in a failed state, mass civilian casualties and regional destabilization.
In addition, Sanders once voted in favor of giving George Bush unilateral wartime powers following the September 11th attacks. The current Vermont senator set the stage for the president to authorize unconstitutional acts of war throughout the Middle East, he also voted to fund the Iraq War.
“In October 2002, after two years of war on the people of Afghanistan and a series of lies and misinformation, Congress and the White House (with help from Great Britain and a couple other governments) ignored the United Nations and world opinion and invaded Iraq. While Sanders voted against the original authorization to use military force against Iraq, he followed that vote with several subsequent votes authorizing funding of that war and the debacle in Afghanistan.” Source
It’s possible that Sanders may have evolved his stance on foreign policy over the years considering his recent thoughts on Hillary’s pursuit of regime change in Libya – however, the democratic presidential contender clearly has a pension for supporting obtrusive policies in some circumstances.