There are so many reasons to vote for Bernie Sanders. For those of us whose interest is primarily in national security and foreign policy, the two other names that you might not recognize in the title of this piece are the best ones I can think of. Robert Parry at consortiumnews.com said it better than I can in https://consortiumnews.com/2016/02/25/neocon-kagan-endorses-hillary-clinton/, but the main point, which Parry alludes to, is that Bernie seems to be making nothing of this issue.
Maybe he is completely on top of it, understands the issue, and sees it precisely as Parry and I do. And maybe he knows from his decades in the business that you don’t win elections on foreign policy, though that is a premise that a lot of presidents might well argue with, Kennedy and Cuba, Carter and Iran, Reagan and the Soviet Union. But why not play a pretty good card, pivotal or not?
Hillary Clinton has allied herself with neocons for decades; the idea that her vote on Iraq was some sort of one-off “mistake” is absurd. Her alliance with, and support for, and employment of Nuland and Kagan, the husband/wife neocon intervention operatives, is absolutely everything one needs to know about the direction of Clinton’s foreign policy, assuming she sticks with her history and eschews some sort of redemption scenario which is the fantasy-based rationale for my vote for her in any general election.
Kagan was a co-founder with William Kristol of the Project for a New American Century, made famous in “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” for its pre-9/11 reference to the necessity for a New Pearl Harbor in order for the US to be able to project power around the world in the way that its signators wished. Who were members of that gang? Cheney, Rumsfeld, Pearle, Abrams, Wolfowitz…need one say more?