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Foreign Policy Distinguishes Bernie Sanders in 2020 - The Atlantic
What all this represents is a second phase of the assault on American exceptionalism that Sanders launched in 2016. Back then, Sanders challenged the domestic side of the exceptionalist creed: the belief that American capitalism—buttressed by modest regulations and welfare provisions—provides upward mobility. Now Sanders is poised to challenge exceptionalism in foreign policy: the belief that America, as a uniquely virtuous nation, can substitute its own self-interest and moral intuition for international institutions and international law. Once again, Sanders’s heresies mirror the anti-exceptionalist turn among America’s young. A 2017 Pew Research poll found that Americans over the age of 30 were far more likely to say that the “U.S. stands above all other countries in the world” than to say, “There are other countries that are better than the U.S.” But among adults under 30, the latter view predominated by a margin of more than two to one.
2020  leftwing  foreign-policy  Israel  Bernie-Sanders 
february 2019 by Peony43
The Daily 202: Trump’s embrace of earmarks underscores the peril of a president who doesn’t know history - The Washington Post
Sometimes you read an article about, say, Congressional earmarks, and buried in a list of points you see amazing things like the following:
-- It’s not clear that the first family even thinks history matters. A senior European diplomat complained to Politico last week that Jared Kushner, the presidential son-in-law who had been given an expansive international portfolio that includes shepherding Middle East peace talks, has been “very dismissive” about the role of international institutions and alliances. The diplomat said that Kushner has also been uninterested in hearing Europeans recount how closely the United States has partnered with Western Europe since World War II. “He told me, ‘I’m a businessman, and I don’t care about the past. Old allies can be enemies, or enemies can be friends.’ So, the past doesn’t count,” the diplomat told Susan Glasser. “I was taken aback. It was frightening.”
-- That mentality has manifested itself in a myriad ways over the past year. To wit:
Without an American security guarantee, the freedom-loving people of the Baltic States — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — would almost certainly be gobbled up by the authoritarian Russians. These Eastern European countries were occupied by the Soviets until the end of the Cold War, and they’ve lived in fear of Russian invasions since Peter the Great. To guard against their annexation, they were invited to join NATO in 2004.
In a chilling story that posted overnight, two former administration officials tell the Daily Beast that a senior National Security Council official proposed withdrawing some U.S. military forces from Eastern Europe as an overture to Vladimir Putin during the early days of the Trump presidency. “While the proposal was ultimately not adopted, it is the first known case of senior aides to [Trump] seeking to reposition U.S. military forces to please Putin — something that smelled, to a colleague, like a return on Russia’s election-time investment,” Spencer Ackerman reports.
Kevin Harrington, who pushed the idea, remains the NSC’s senior official for strategic planning. He came to the White House with neither military experience nor significant government experience. He got the job because he worked for Trump donor Peter Thiel’s hedge fund. “The ex-colleague considered the idea dangerously naïve,” Ackerman reports. “A second former senior Trump administration official [said] that Harrington had enthusiastically discussed this proposal with several senior staffers…”
trump-Russia  Kushner  foreign-policy  trump-doesn't-understand-stuff  trump-congress 
february 2018 by Peony43

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