Bernie Sanders Slams "Terrorism-Funding" Saudi Arabia, "Not An Ally" Of The US

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According to Bernie Sanders, Saudi Arabia has “funded terrorism” around the world and is “not an ally of the United States.”

Bernie Sanders broke with the bipartisan consensus on Capitol Hill in an exclusive interview with The Intercept.

The United States has long considered Saudi Arabia to be a loyal friend, supporter, and partner in the so-called war on terror. 

Sanders issued a scathing denunciation of the Gulf kingdom, which has recently embarked on a new round of domestic repression.

“I consider [Saudi Arabia] to be an undemocratic country that has supported terrorism around the world, it has funded terrorism... They are not an ally of the United States.”


The Vermont senator accused the “incredibly anti-democratic” Saudis of “continuing to fund madrasas” and spreading “an extremely radical Wahhabi doctrine in many countries around the world.” 


“They are fomenting a lot of hatred,” he added.

Speaking to The Intercept, Sanders called for a “rethink, in terms of American foreign policy … vis-a-vis Iran and Saudi Arabia.”

The senator suggested the United States should consider a pivot toward long-standing adversary Iran and away from traditional ally Saudi Arabia.

[Saudi Arabia] “has played a very bad role internationally, but we have sided with them time and time and time again, and yet Iran, which just held elections, Iran, whose young people really want to reach out to the West, we are... continuing to put them down.”

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Hemiskull's picture

Feel the Bern...Headchoppers 

Manthong's picture


Goddammit… I hate it when I agree with that Communist.

BaBaBouy's picture

BERNIE for President ...

knukles's picture

True or not, he's a real stereotype grumpy old fart
And a crook, accomplice with his wife's looting.
All the Dems are Clinton types on a March through Georgia, FFS  Carpet bagging themselves

Stuck on Zero's picture

But Bernie, they support the building of radical Madrassas all around the US to spread the word of ISIS, our allies in the middle east.

Mtnrunnr's picture

FUCK BERNIE!!! Er...wait. Logic?!?! Reasoning?!?! Hillary/Trump 2016

Lemmy Caution's picture

Ouch! You've just been Berned!

MisterMousePotato's picture

It's pretty sad when the only Washington Swamp Creature who imparts any truthiness in the last six months is this creature.

But that was kinda what I observed about him back before the election; to wit: He was the only candidate who gave any indication of actually understanding any, if not all, of America's problems. The problem, of course, is that all of his solutions were wrong.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Hey Bernie, is Debbie Wasserman Schultz an "ally" of the DNC?

Fuck you. You're a used car salesman and a sellout.

subversion's picture

A broken clock is still right twice a day.

BaBaBouy's picture

Thump Whould'a Said this /BEFORE he was Elected ...

Mtnrunnr's picture

ITs almost like he lied the entire time. *registered democrat till '09*

dasein211's picture

Yep. Mericans are bordering on retarded funding the Daudis.

Mena Arkansas's picture

And not a word about the israeli terrorists who did 9/11.

DjangoCat's picture

Not a word about Seth Rich, a big time Bermie supporter.

I do not trust the man.


buzzsaw99's picture

wow he really is a crazy old coot.

Catahoula's picture

A pivot to Iran? Stupid commie bastard

Collectivism Killz's picture

Why not pivot to a country that fought the Taliban, fights ISIS and funds groups like Hezbollah, that actually fight terrorists and have never attacked Europe or the US in the past couple of decades? Oh, that's right, gotta do what the Jews want.

DjangoCat's picture

The US is still pissed they drove out the Shaw, after they had manipulated the coup against mozadegh, and after they humiliated Carter with the hostages.  Stole all the oil they and BP had staked out.

It get's my goat these fuckers think they can just march in and rob the locals blind.


NoWayJose's picture

Bernie did (and does) have several things right. (Amongst all his liberal clutter)

MisterMousePotato's picture

Yes, but ...

All of his solutions are wrong.

shimmy's picture

And president pumpkin said the same thing before he became president. I am sure if socialist Bernie could ever become pres that he'd suddenly flip.

Mtnrunnr's picture

Welp, he's been saying literally the same thing for +20 years, but you're right.

UnschooledAustrianEconomist's picture

Of course, as POTUS he'd embrace the Petrodollar in an instant, too. Otherwise he'd be top on the list for the Dallas treatment.

madashellron's picture

So now what will it take Bernie to condem that other rouge nation in the Mid East, ISRAEL. Which reminds me they bombed Syria againt today!

Lemmy Caution's picture

He does in the rest of the excerpt. Read the link!

Bay of Pigs's picture

He never would. He's got zero balls.

Lemmy Caution's picture

Bernie makes more foreign policy sense in that 173-word excerpt than Hillary did in her entire lifetime.

Bay of Pigs's picture

We give them billions in military hardware and aid. Who the fuck are you kidding comparing him to Hillary? It doesn't make a bit of difference. He SUPPORTED her for President you douchebag.

Edit: Quit bullshitting with down votes. Make an argument.

helloimjohnnycat's picture

Translation :  Iranian oil needs love too.  Wall Street joos want their cut.

put a kettle on's picture

God damned right Saudi Arabia is not our ally. We are STILL not responding to the basic fact that 9/11 was Saudi financed, Saudi planned and Saudi excecuted.

madashellron's picture

It was Israel that was the mastermind behind the 911 attacks. Saudi Arabia was the useful player.

UnschooledAustrianEconomist's picture

It's the Petrodollar, baby!

Nobody in charge will ever mess with the Petrodollar. Unless they want to get the Dallas treatment.

So praise our beloved allies, the Saudi goat fuckers! Hail Petrodollar!

Giant Meteor's picture

Say what you will, but that, heh, I just stuck my finger in light socket look is really endearing ..

Bernie of course is correct with his comment regarding our good friends and allies the Sauds, as far as he goes .. I'm afraid however that with so much kabuki floating around, this shitshow is fast losing it's lustre ..

DjangoCat's picture

Interesting turn, this.  Bernie has not said boo about Hillary or the Clinton Foundation, nor boo about the law suit brought by his donors against the DNC. Bermie got a nice house on Lake Champlain just after he endorsed Hillary.

Now Bermie is speaking out with a whole new idea.

Iran is not part of the axis of evil?  The Saudi's are not our friends, taking bucks for oil and buying up T Bills and planes and tanks and bombs?  Just what did they do wrong, isn't that what they were told to do?

Weren't they encouraged to set up the madrassas in Pakistan and Afganistan?  Maybe I missed something.

Now Bermie is pushing a different vision.  I am having trouble believing he came up with this all by himself.

Blacksunday3's picture

Hysterical. Since when do commies give a crap about the Middle East?

general ambivalent's picture

Reminder to all the Dotard supporters. Your decision was worse than socialism, which says a lot concerning where we are headed.

turkey george palmer's picture

Hillary is an empty pantssuit. Trump is a smug egotist government is in terrible shape because people can't think.

soyungato's picture

Had Bernie had the gut to go Indpendent against Hillery and Trump he would be POTUS today. 

ClickNLook's picture

Imagine seeing him 24/7 on TV shaking his tired finger up and down...

Thanks god there's no god.

koaj's picture

But bernie...the petrodollar is our friend. Haven't you heard?

UnschooledAustrianEconomist's picture

Can one love the rants of both Trump and Sanders at the same time?

Well, I do. Angry old farts rock.

UnschooledAustrianEconomist's picture

BTW: Who's that hot chick next to Bernie? Anybody got her phone number?

Schmuck Raker's picture

"Check out the big brain on Bern!"

FlKeysFisherman's picture

Wow, really profound and enlightening information there. /s

_SILENCER's picture

Saudi Arabia is a fuckhole sand den of Muslim pig dogs.

Not our friend.

So, on this, that smelly old hippie communist is correct.


But he still blows.

Rebelrebel7's picture

Hurray, Bernie Sanders! This is one of the most critical statements to date from an elected politician regarding Saudi Arabia! Israeli welfare payments and military support must also cease 100% at once for the exact same reasons!

AIPAC and JStreet are illegal and treasonous and have no right to be petitioning the United States government with grievances. No other country has a legal right to lobby Congress. Can Vatican City, or England  lobby Congress? We know that Saudi Arabia has.

Savyindallas's picture

Amazing  -explains why the Zios stoled the nomination from him and gave it to Hillary. Trump is turning out to be just as bad as Hillary though. Too bad. I was a mega Trump supporter. Knew it was a gamble. My bet did not pay off. 

Reaper's picture

Bernie will be sent to  a Lubavitch reeducation camp, where the Kushners will instruct him.

Alananda's picture

I don't THINK so!  ;-)

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