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


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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Manthong Hemiskull Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:51 Permalink

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

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MisterMousePotato Lemmy Caution Sat, 09/23/2017 - 14:23 Permalink

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.

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shimmy Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:57 Permalink

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.

Giant Meteor Fri, 09/22/2017 - 18:08 Permalink

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 Giant Meteor Fri, 09/22/2017 - 21:00 Permalink

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.

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_SILENCER Fri, 09/22/2017 - 18:24 Permalink

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.

Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 09/22/2017 - 18:33 Permalink

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 Fri, 09/22/2017 - 18:31 Permalink

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.