Bernie delivers perfect response to interviewer saying Trump was planning 'just a limited strike' on Iran

Bernie delivers perfect response to interviewer saying Trump was planning 'just a limited strike' on Iran
Bernie Sanders image via Screengrab

Bernie was on Face The Nation earlier today, the entire interview and transcript are here, but this little clip is really worth watching.


Margaret Brennan asks Bernie about Trump calling off the plan to bomb Iran, and during the ensuing conversation, she says “he was just doing a limited strike”.

MARGARET BRENNAN: I want to ask you about Iran. Was President Trump's decision this week to call off that strike the right one?

SEN. SANDERS: See, it's like somebody setting a fire to a basket full of paper and then putting it out. He helped create the crisis and then he stopped the attacks. The idea that we're looking at the president of the United States who number one, thinks that a war., with Iran is something that might be good for this country.

MARGARET BRENNAN: He was just doing a limited strike of just a limited strike.

SEN. SANDERS: Oh, just a limited strike- well, I'm sorry. I just didn't know that it's okay to simply attack another country with bombs just a limited strike- that's an act of warfare. So two points. That will set off a conflagration all over the Middle East. If you think the war is either- the war in Iraq, Margaret was a disaster I believe from the bottom of my heart that the war- a war with Iran would be even worse, more loss of life never ending war in that region, massive instability. We're talking about, we have been in Afghanistan now for eighteen years. This thing will never end. So I will do everything I can number one to stop a war with Iran. And number two here's an important point. Let's remember what we learned in civics when we were kids. It is the United States Congress, under our Constitution, that has warmaking authority not the president of the United States. If he attacks Iran in my view that would be unconstitutional. — www.cbsnews.com/...

Part of the reason we are where we are is a result of the abject incompetence of major media in the US. Any journalist worth their salt would know that this terminology about “limited strike” is a load of bullshit.

Was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor a “limited strike”? Clearly not, we went to war over it. No American TV commentator on any network would ever accept the characterization of Pearl Harbor as a “limited strike”.

Yet, they uncritically accept the doublespeak coming from the White House that labels attacks on foreign countries as anything less than acts of war.

And that is a big reason why we are in the mess we are in.

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