by Justin Raimondo
September 02, 2015
Antiwar.com

For anyone with hopes of changing our foreign policy of relentless aggression, the presidential candidates now parading their wares before the public are truly a depressing sight.

The Republicans are vying with one another for the “honor” of being the most warlike, and even Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) – son of the resolutely anti-interventionist Ron Paul, surely one of the most effective and militant critics of American foreign policy – has joined in the contest. All the GOPers have taken aim at President Obama’s deal with Iran: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, two of the loudest, are organizing a September 9 rally on Capitol Hill opposing the agreement.

On the Democratic side of the aisle, the picture doesn’t look much better. Hillary Rodham Clinton has issued a rather tepid endorsement of the Iran deal, but has vowed to “police” it – a stance that argues in favor of some in the Israel lobby who say the deal could pave the way for conflict with Iran over enforcement of its terms. Said Clinton:

“This agreement will have to be enforced vigorously [and] relentlessly. We have to treat this as an ongoing enforcement effort that I certainly strongly support and as president will be absolutely devoted to ensuring that the agreement is followed.”

Translation: At the first opportunity – “intelligence” emanating from the Israelis or their front groups – I will ditch the deal and take us on the road to war.

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Editor’s note: Raimondo has a short memory. He forgets it was Democrats who got us into World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. If the bankers can’t get the Republicans to do the job, they will find a Democrat who will.