The military overtones of Iran's nuclear research program are part of that country's ongoing efforts to be the pre-eminent power in the Middle East. Granting them that role in exchange for using their army to defeat ISIS, ending all military aspects of their nuclear program and accepting the permanent existence of the State of Israel would make any Iranian nuclear research other than that for peaceful purposes unnecessary.
Bernie Sanders Tosses Hat into the Ring
On Tuesday, Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders kicked off his Presidential campaign with this speech on the shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington, VT. What he said is the antithesis of what most of the several Republican Presidential hopefuls will be saying during the campaign, but what many Democrats hope their candidate will be espousing over the next year and a half. I doubt that Sanders will be our forty-fifth President, but his campaign may influence whomever turns out to be the winner in 2016. Here are his prepared remarks, courtesy of Vox.com, minus the thank-yous and glad-to-be-heres he uttered from the platform at the beginning of his address.
Where every parent can have quality and affordable childcare and where all of our qualified young people, regardless of income, can go to college;
Where every senior can live in dignity and security, and not be forced to choose between their medicine or their food;
Where every veteran who defends this nation gets the quality health care and benefits they have earned and receives the respect they deserve;
Where every person, no matter their race, their religion, their disability or their sexual orientation realizes the full promise of equality that is our birthright as Americans.
That is the nation we can build together, and I ask you to join me in this campaign to build a future that works for all of us, and not just the few on top.