Elizabeth Warren on War and Peace

by on September 9, 2019 · 5 comments

in American Empire, Election

Warren’s troubling foreign policy history includes uncritical support of Israel, supporting sanctions on Venezuela, and vilifying Russia and China as national security threats. But her views are also evolving.

by Reese Erlich / The Progressive

In the last few months Senator Elizabeth Warren has gained ground in public opinion polls tracking the race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. In some states, she’s ahead of Senator Bernie Sanders and pulling close to former Vice President Joe Biden.

In domestic politics, Warren makes a populist appeal to working people with calls for free college tuition, single-payer health care and breaking up monopolies. In foreign policy, she takes a similar stand, calling for an end to foreign trade pacts such as Trump’s renegotiated NAFTA.

She wrote in Foreign Affairs, “While international economic policies and trade deals have worked gloriously well for elites around the world, they have left working people discouraged and disaffected.”

Warren’s main competitor among left-leaning voters is Senator Bernie Sanders, who has developed a generally progressive, anti-interventionist foreign policy. She also competes against former Vice President Joe Biden, a corporate Democrat, who voted for the 2003 Iraq War and supported all of Obama’s new wars (Syria, Libya, Yemen and Iraq).

Warren’s foreign policy lies somewhere in between Sanders and Biden. She has a troubling history of uncritical support of Israel, supporting sanctions on Venezuela, and vilifying Russia and China as national security threats. But her views are also evolving.

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ZZ September 9, 2019 at 2:41 pm

Wow, the writer wants Warren to attack Israel, the only democracy out of dozens of middle east countries, the only place with gay rights in those many countries, the only place with free speech. Yet Warren is supposedly too harsh on China and Russia, dictatorships that kill journalists like the writer.

The article really shows why President Obama and smart progressives like Sen Warren never took the far left seriously.


Frank Gormlie September 9, 2019 at 7:25 pm

I want what you’re smokin’.


Chris September 10, 2019 at 5:32 pm

I didn’t catch the part where the writer wants wants Warren to attack Israel. I support Israel’s right to exist and to defend themselves and. I don’t support the BDS movement. And you are right. They ARE the only democracy in that region, but that doesn’t mean everything they do is justified either.


sealintheSelkirks September 10, 2019 at 2:19 pm

Not me, Frank. What this person is smoking I’ll have nothing to do with.

Israel, a pretend country invented by the Allied Powers of WWII so they didn’t have to take the European Jewish refugees into their own countries or force European governments to give them back their homes, land, and businesses. Instead they let them turn Palestine into the largest open-air prison in the world.

I’ll stick to my own homegrown thank you!

A couple other links about Warren’s complete bio not being talked about in MSM:

The Jack Lew Problem

The Problem With Warren

Vote Bernie. And he ain’t perfect, either, but definitely the best of the lot. Now if only the corporate DNC won’t cheat again…



Chris September 10, 2019 at 5:23 pm



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