Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty Images)
H.A. Goodman | The Hill | Reader Supported News | December 12, 2015
here’s a reason Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says “I’ll be damned” if the U.S. leads the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The repercussions of perpetual wars upon American veterans and their families have resulted in tremendous sacrifice. This sacrifice unfortunately has not led to a decrease in terror or stability in the Middle East, so before addressing why Sanders has the right plan to destroy ISIS, let’s analyze the costs of war.
Because of his work as chairman of the Senate Veterans Committee, Sanders witnessed how the military conflicts espoused by President George W. Bush, and Democrats like Hillary Clinton, continue to affect American soldiers and their families. In Congress, Sanders has fought for the same people whom we send to fight America’s enemies. For this reason, he recently won the Congressional Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The human cost of both the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars have been paid by a small percentage of Americans within an overstretched U.S. military. Multiple tours of duty and Americans fighting longer than ever before have resulted in a “higher than believed” suicide epidemic, as USA Today noted. Thus far, 4,494 Americans have died in Iraq, while 32,223 Americans have been wounded. Ignoring his stance prior to winning the White House, President Obama recently sent more Americans to Iraq in order help Iraqis fight ISIS.