In 2008 and 2012, I was partial to Obama because I thought he’d be less likely to start new wars. McCain once sang “Bomb Iran” as a joke…the humor of a true maniacal villain. Obama’s relative restraint has marginally slowed the US’s deadly wars, and I’m thankful for every innocent life that has been spared. I grieve for those who haven’t been as fortunate.
In this election, there is clearly little hope for a more peaceful future. By her own many admissions, Hillary Clinton will break from Obama on Syria by sending in ground troops and imposing dangerous no-fly zones (risking conflict with Russia). She expresses no remorse about the destabilization and destruction of Libya, a war of which she played a leading role. Her language on Iran is unhinged as she has threatened to “obliterate” the country. She voted to invade Iraq, which was the single biggest foreign policy disaster in a generation. Clinton’s speech at AIPAC was full of distortion, belligerence and uncritical support of Israel, totally ignoring its crimes. She has dismissed the Obama doctrine for not being aggressive enough: “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.” Given ample opportunity, I cannot find an example of where Clinton erred on the side of peace, rather than escalating more violence and war.
For all the left’s concerns about guns and violence, I am continually impressed that they haven’t more strongly criticized a candidate who seeks to empower the most violent and most heavily armed institution in human history. Sure, vote for her since the alternative is an insane psychopath. But recognize that if you vote for her without registering your opposition to her foreign policy record, you are complicit in the wars she will inevitably pursue. Public opinion matters — even in the most despotic regimes — so please make it known that you vigorously support peace, not war.