by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:
The U.S. presidential campaign in 2016 thus far has exhibited a dramatic and much needed public rejection of the status quo, aka “the establishment.” While a majority of the commentary has been justifiably focused on anger about the economy and how a smaller and smaller group of “insiders” have systematically accumulated more and more wealth via parasitic rent-seeking behavior, there’s another very important repudiation occurring. A total rejection of neocon, interventionist foreign policy.
Longtime readers of Liberty Blitzkrieg will be under no illusions about the fact that the Obama administration has represented a perfect continuation of the George W. Bush foreign policy doctrine, albeit with a more sleek marketing approach to placate the conscience of willfully ignorant fake liberals. Well the blowback from this one party foreign policy approach has arrived, with its evidence appearing in the form of military support of both Trump and Sanders.
As reported by the Military Times:
In an exclusive survey of American military personnel, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders emerged as active-duty service members’ top choices to become the next commander in chief.
The Republican front runner Trump was the most popular candidate in a subscriber poll that closed Sunday, with 27 percent saying they would back the business mogul if the election were held tomorrow. Sanders, the independent Vermont senator, was a close second at 22 percent.
The data also suggest that military personnel have not been dissuaded by political rivals who contend Trump and Sanders have weak foreign policy credentials and don’t have recognized experts as national security advisers.
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who has made national security issues one of the centerpieces of his campaign, was nearly last in the Military Times survey, with only about 9 percent of candidates favoring him.
Now here’s a graphic of the totals:
The first thing that catches your eye is that the two biggest establishment neocons when it comes to U.S. foreign policy, Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio, have virtually zero support. While Trump sits in the top spot, this isn’t totally surprising given his campaign rhetoric advocating for both a military buildup as well as a more circumspect approach when it comes to interventionism
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