Foreign policy took center stage early in Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate.
It’s not much of a surprise considering the tensions that have been bubbling between the United States and Iran following President Trump’s decision to kill Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraq earlier this month. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made it clear that he disapproved of the move, warning that a war in Iran could be “even worse” than the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, which Sanders considers “the two great foreign policy disasters of our lifetimes.”
The one major thing the two conflicts had in common in Sanders’ mind? They were both “based on lies.” And he’s worried Trump’s lying his way to a round three.
Bernie Sanders: “The 2 great foreign policy disasters of our lifetimes were the war in Vietnam and the war in Iraq. Both of those wars were based on lies…Right now what I fear is we have a president who is lying again and could drag us into a war that is even worse…” pic.twitter.com/g0xQFExfVp
— Axios (@axios) January 15, 2020
During the foreign policy-heavy opening stretch, Sanders and other candidates gave a shout out to Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) for being the lone voice to oppose the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Afghanistan in 2002, hinting that its repeal is a priority.
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