Jill Stein: We need ‘new kind of offensive in the Middle East’

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein on Wednesday called for the country to adopt an entirely new strategy in the Middle East.

{mosads}”We need a new kind of offensive in the Middle East, because bombing terrorism and shooting terrorism is not quelling terrorism. It’s only fanning the flames of terrorism, the misery and the poverty that drive terrorism,” Stein said Wednesday during a CNN town hall.

“We are calling for a new kind of offensive, a peace offensive for the Middle East, that begins with a weapons embargo.”

Stein said the U.S. and its allies are supplying the majority of the weapons to the fighting forces in the Middle East, so the country can initiate a weapons embargo.

Stein said that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) does not meet the threshold of posing an “imminent threat” that calls for use of force. She said the terrorist group is “not about to launch a major attack against our country.”

She also said the U.S. should call for a freeze on the funding of countries that are continuing to “support jihadi terrorist enterprises” and called for the U.S. to base its diplomatic relationships on human rights records and international law, from Israel to Saudi Arabia.

Stein also said she would move to cut military spending in half and close all military bases overseas except in certain cases.

“What do we have to show for this?” she asked of the U.S. money being spent and lives lost in Iraq. “Failed states, mass refugee migrations and repeated terrorist threats that get worse with each cycle.”

“This has been a very ill-conceived plan that has been backfiring madly against us.”


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