The Foreign Policies of Sanders, Trump, and Clinton

… America and the world in 2016 and beyond – Published on New Politics, by Joanne Landy, May 20, 2016 (will appear in the Summer 2016 issue of New Politics).


The Sanders campaign has been a breath of fresh air on the American political scene. Bernie has taken into the political arena the Occupy movement’s outrage at the domination of the United States by the one percent. Whether or not he wins the nomination, his astounding success is a sign of the real potential for a new kind of politics in the country—inspiring whether or not one shares his Democratic Party strategy … //


As I write this article in May 2016, Donald Trump’s foreign policy views have captured public attention. He said the United States should not tolerate the continuing failure of its NATO, Middle Eastern and Asian allies to pay their fair share of military costs — a common complaint in establishment circles—but then shocked the pundits by saying that Washington should be prepared to tell these allies that they must fend for themselves if they don’t pony up their contributions to the United States in return for Washington defending them. He has even said that he’s willing to have Japan, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia acquire their own nuclear weapons … //


Despite what she might say during the campaign to attract Sanders supporters, Hillary Clinton stands squarely within the longstanding bipartisan consensus on foreign policy, and indeed, along with many Republican politicians, is on the more aggressive end of that consensus.

It is highly significant that the Republican Party’s hawkish foreign policy elites, including many of the leading neoconservatives, prefer Clinton to Trump, even if some have said that they could not actually vote for her. One of the foremost neocons, Robert Kagan, told The New York Times that “I feel comfortable with her on foreign policy. . . . [I]t’s something that might have been called neocon, but clearly her supporters are not going to call it that.” Kagan himself prefers the term “liberal interventionist.”[41] Another neocon, Eliot Cohen, has said he would “strongly prefer a third party candidate” to Trump, but added: “Probably if absolutely no alternative: Hillary.” And one more luminary in this warmongering clique, Max Boot, has declared that Clinton “would be vastly preferable to Trump … //

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(Joanne Landy is an editor of New Politics and Co-Director of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy. She can be reached here. Thanks to Stephen ShalomThomas Harrison, and Dan La Botz for their invaluable help with this article. The author alone is responsible for the views expressed).


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