Sen. Barbara Mikulski's endorsement of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president carefully avoided any mention of Ms. Clinton's record as the most hawkish member of the Obama administration or her pandering speech to AIPAC which made no mention whatsoever of the rights of Palestinians or Israel's illegal ever-encroaching settlements on Palestinian land ("Mikulski: Why I'm ready for Hillary," April 22).
It's easy, as both Secretary Clinton and Senator Mikulski obviously know, to promote universal pre-K and affordable college for American kids. What is hard is acknowledging, as Sen. Bernie Sanders has been doing, that both Israelis and Palestinians have rights that must be acknowledged. What is hard is resisting military interventions that destroy lives and countries, as Senator Sanders is doing. I am sure that Ms. Mikulski is not blind to the fact that militaristic policies heavily promoted by Ms. Clinton contributed to the deaths of many women and children. But it's far easier not to mention that fact, not to imagine the faces of those mothers as their children were ripped apart by bombs. Both Ms. Mikulski and Ms. Clinton make the easy choice of saying safe, popular things that keep them in the good graces of the Democratic Party and the DNC.
A vote for Hillary Clinton, as her record leading the U.S. Department of State shows, means more pain and death for women and children because of her love of militarism.
Linda O'Brien, Takoma Park