And they always have been.
Their current incarnation in the US is in the form of “The Cruise Missile Left” and “The Humanitarian Bomber Left”.
They are the ones who ramped up the Vietnam War and expanded it to its greatest extent. Let us look at the record of the two first post-WW2 Democratic Presidents and their incredible militarism and very rightwing foreign policy.
Democratic Party liberals did the following things:
Under Democratic Party liberal Harry Truman:
- Engaged in a massive campaign to hide and secrete away Nazis after World War 2 so the CIA could use them to fight Communism.
- Installed military rule in Japan. The first act of the military government was outlaw all labor unions.
- Overthrew the democratic government of Greece with a rightwing monarchist coup and then helped the new Greek fascist government as they murdered 12,000 Greek Communists and threw another 40,000 in prison, thus starting the Greek Civil War.
- Supported the Neo-Nazi Ukrainian nationalist UNO as it waged its anti-Soviet guerrilla campaign in the Ukraine.
- Supported and assisted the South Korean government while they murdered 200,000 South Koreans in the face of a Communist insurgency from 1945-1950.
- Destroyed every city in North Korea, often with firebombs, bombed dams causing rivers to flood. North Korea was so devastated after this that most of the population was living underground in tunnels, shelters or caves. All in all, 3 million North Koreans were killed in the war, mostly by US bombs.
- Assisted the French colonialists in the fight against the anti-colonialist Viet Minh.
- Assisted the British colonialists in the fight against the anti-colonialist Malay guerrillas.
- Assisted Chiang Kai Shek when he consolidated his rule in Taiwan by installing military rule, outlawing all languages but Chinese and murdering 100,000 people, mostly Leftists.
- Set up the fascist Gladio stay-behind network all across Europe. This was a group of fascists who would “stay behind” after a Soviet invasion to fight an insurgency against the Soviets. The Gladio network subsequently caused all sorts of problems, including a wave of fascist terror bombings in the Years of Lead in the 1970’s.
- Illegally interfered with the Italian elections after the war to keep the Italian Communist Party from winning.
- Threatened to drop nuclear bombs on both North Korea and China if they didn’t say uncle.
Under Democratic Party liberal John F. Kennedy:
- Stepped up the Vietnam War by vastly increasing the number of advisers into the tens of thousands.
- Invaded Cuba in the Bay of Pigs invasion.
- Supported a savage government and state death squads in Guatemala that slaughtered 5-10,000 people while fighting an insurgency.
- Supported the French colonists versus the FLN anti-colonialists during the Algerian Civil War.
- Initiated a violent coup that overthrew President Diem of South Vietnam, killing him because he was getting in the way of US plans.
- Imposed an embargo on Cuba which idiotically continues to this very day.
- Waged a guerrilla war called Operation Mongoose in Cuba where 10,000 people were killed, often civilians. They would get in boats and cruise along the beaches on Cuba, killing beachgoers with machine guns. They set off bombs in factories full of workers, killing up to 100 people at a time. The US began its endless efforts to murder Fidel Castro.
- Started a lying campaign that the Castro government was going to take parents’ children away from so they could be raised by the state. 10,000 Cuban children fled the island with their parents.