After posting “My Vote” yesterday, I read Mark Handler’s article in the NY Times, “How Hillary Became a Hawk”.
There is no more chillingly convincing case for keeping the “Bern” going beyond any election cycle. The light should never dim as long as hawks persevere. Clinton’s “inner hawk” is deeply imbedded. It isn’t just a political ploy when she insists on a more aggressive and risky thrust of US military power. She separates herself from Obama’s inclination toward caution and some military restraint even as she expands her embrace of many progressive social causes.
I’m not big on conspiracy theories. But I worry and wonder why the Handler article didn’t appear before Hillary won New York. Now that she feels she has a lock on the nomination, will Clinton be focused on winning votes from Republicans and right-leaning independents who are shocked by Trump, Cruz and the spasms engulfing the GOP? She was quick to tweet her rejection of Charles Koch’s gesture of support. But is she more concerned about thwarting the challenge to the Democratic Party’s establishment than about winning over Sander’s supporters who worry about her “regime change” hawkishness?
I’m not tempted to change the point of view expressed in “My Vote”. The danger from demagogues who would veer toward some neofascist style of governance is all too real. And any notion that an “America First” president might eschew militarism and war is a desperate ahistorical illusion.
The use of US military power to try to run the world has had to be fought under every president since the end of World War II. Repeated failures from Vietnam to Iraq and the entire Middle East have only made the world more dangerous. In the time remaining before the next president is elected, voices that are so-far muted need to be raised for a more realistic and peaceful US policy. No President should be able to claim a mandate for risking more war in this nuclear age.
One wishes things were easier, less complicated. As often said, 'this is the real world', our country, our times. Every generation gets its opportunity to press forward. If you live long enough, you may get multiple chances. My thanks to all who are making the call for a “popular revolution” resonate across the USA.