The United States must end its unceasing ground combat operations in the Middle East, US Senator Bernie Sanders said on Tuesday, launching his campaign for the US presidency in Burlington, Vermont.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On March 7, 2015, Sanders said in a statement that the Saudi Arabian government must be responsible for stability in the Middle East and should send its own military to fight the Islamic State rather than demand that the United States undertake such actions.
“I am vigorously opposed to an endless perpetual war in the Middle East. Yes, we must be vigorous in combatting terrorism and defeating ISIS [Islamic State], but we as a nation should not have to bear that burden alone.”
On Tuesday, Sanders said the battle against the Islamic State should be fought by an international coalition led by Muslim counties to create conditions for lasting peace.
The US armed forces currently has 3,000 troops in Iraq in a training capacity and continues to carry out airstrikes on ISIL positions in Iraq and Syria.
Bernie Sanders on Current US Trade Policies
US Senator Bernie Sanders said he would oppose free trade agreements that outsource millions of American jobs to low-cost countries.
“I will continue to oppose our current trade policies,” Sanders said on Tuesday. “For decades, [US] Presidents from both parties have supported [free] trade agreements which have cost us millions of decent paying jobs as corporate America shut down plants in Vermont throughout this country and moved to low-wage countries.”
On May 5, 2015, an NBC/WSJ poll found that up to 40 percent of US citizens see international trade pacts as beneficial to the US economy.
The poll was released against the backdrop of attempts by President Barack Obama's administration to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through Congress.