Bernie Sanders had a huge rally in Cleveland that attracted tens of thousand of enthusiastic supporters which I unfortunately could not attend and he again hit out at the Bush-Cheney regime for their appalling decision to invade Iraq that is the cause for the present instability and chaos in the region. Watch a short bit of his speech where he dealt with the attacks.
“You remember President Bush, ” he asked rhetorically. “He was very very tough, but not very smart. He and Dick Cheney and the whole lot of them, they were tough! And they said ‘we should invade Iraq.’ We should do it virtually alone and the result was 6,700 brave men and women from our country dead, hundreds of thousands of our best young people coming home with injuries — physical and emotional. Many many hundreds of thousands of Iraqis dead and wounded. Huge instability in the entire region, and we are paying the price today for that instability and chaos.”
“So I say to my Republican colleagues,” he continued. “Yeah, we have got to be tough, but not stupid.”
He also spoke at length about his signature issue of economic inequality.
He earned thunderous applause early on for suggesting that, rather than investing in jails, the U.S. should spend more on education. He still had the crowd buzzing toward the end when he worked through his boilerplate prescriptions for criminal justice reform. And he became animated in between when he bemoaned income inequality.
Wages, said Sanders, are ”Too. Damn. Low.” He called for raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour — ”A starvation wage!” he cried — to $15 an hour.
I hope I can see him the next time he comes around.