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Thu Jun 9, 2016, 05:18 PM

 

Democrats Are Now the Aggressive War Party

Exclusive: For nearly a half century – since late in the Vietnam War – the Democrats have been the less warlike of the two parties, but that has flipped with the choice of war hawk Hillary Clinton, writes Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

The Democratic Party has moved from being what you might call a reluctant war party to an aggressive war party with its selection of Hillary Clinton as its presumptive presidential nominee. With minimal debate, this historic change brings full circle the arc of the party’s anti-war attitudes that began in 1968 and have now ended in 2016.

Since the Vietnam War, the Democrats have been viewed as the more peaceful of the two major parties, with the Republicans often attacking Democratic candidates as “soft” regarding use of military force.

But former Secretary of State Clinton has made it clear that she is eager to use military force to achieve “regime change” in countries that get in the way of U.S. desires. She abides by neoconservative strategies of violent interventions especially in the Middle East and she strikes a belligerent posture as well toward nuclear-armed Russia and, to a lesser extent, China.

Amid the celebrations about picking the first woman as a major party’s presumptive nominee, Democrats appear to have given little thought to the fact that they have abandoned a near half-century standing as the party more skeptical about the use of military force. Clinton is an unabashed war hawk who has shown no inclination to rethink her pro-war attitudes.

As a U.S. senator from New York, Clinton voted for and avidly supported the Iraq War, only cooling her enthusiasm in 2006 when it became clear that the Democratic base had turned decisively against the war and her hawkish position endangered her chances for the 2008 presidential nomination, which she lost to Barack Obama, an Iraq War opponent.

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https://consortiumnews.com/2016/06/08/democrats-are-now-the-aggressive-war-party/

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 9, 2016, 05:21 PM

1. Time to give it a break. She will be prudent and rational about the use of force.

 

Remember, she isn't the only Democrat that voted to invade Iraq. she is one of the few that have admitted that it was a terrible mistake on her part.

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Response to tonyt53 (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 9, 2016, 05:26 PM

3. I'ts the ones who were able to vote against these wars before they get dismissed as a mistake that

matter.

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Response to tonyt53 (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 9, 2016, 05:29 PM

4. history says no she wont

 

celebrate the win but dont lie about your candidate please, we all know her history. it wont change

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Response to tonyt53 (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 9, 2016, 05:29 PM

5. We no longer have the credibility to speak out against war

As a vet I find that to be one of the saddest things I can think of.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 9, 2016, 05:22 PM

2. Kick-those who will have to put their lives on the line for the 1%.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 9, 2016, 05:31 PM

6. Um yeah...I'm sure most people agree with you...

 

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