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Tulsi Gabbard a Patriot for President

Updated on June 30, 2019
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Grew up on Cape Cod, Mass. Army Vet., Fmr. Director of Energy Conservation programs, RE Agent. Current residence: the Space Coast, FL.

Tulsi Gabbard is running for POTUS. She is currently serving as the U.S. Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district.

Tulsi served in a field medical unit in a combat zone in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 and was also deployed to Kuwait from 2008 to 2009.

Gabbard was a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee until February 2016, when she resigned to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination.

Gabbard opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership. She is critical of interventionism in Iraq, Libya, and Syria. She also opposed the attempts to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power by force.

Below is one of her campaign videos:

Serving 6 years in Congress and as a member of the Armed Services, Homeland Security, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Tulsi has been a leading voice fighting to end regime change wars.

According to her campaign site:

She is a champion for protecting our environment, ensuring clean water and air for generations to come, investing in infrastructure and a green energy economy, civil liberties and privacy, support for small businesses, criminal justice reform, sustainable agriculture and breaking up the big banks. She has approached every issue through the lens of what will best serve the American people, secure our country, and promote peace.

Regime change wars are bankrupting our country and our moral authority. We need to redirect those resources into a renewable, sustainable economy that works for everyone and bring about an era of peace. We must put service above self and reclaim our great democracy from the forces of hatred and division.


_ Tulsi Gabbard on Syria and Regime Overthrow efforts of the US:

“Our military’s mission and purpose is to keep the American people safe. Our troops deployed to Syria initially to work with the Kurdish forces on the ground to go after and defeat ISIS, and that mission has largely been accomplished. Unfortunately, as this was happening since 2011, covertly initially with the CIA, there was a regime change war that was launched during that time as part of that war, and many of you might not be aware of it but our taxpayer dollars were being used to provide both direct and indirect support to terrorist groups in Syria like Al Qaeda and others in order to go in and topple the Assad government.

I had a chance to go to Syria where I heard from the Syrian people, I heard from religious leaders who pleaded and begged for the United States to stop its support because they knew whether there were some that supported the Assad government, and others wanted to see him go, they knew that if the United States and other countries were successful in this regime change war the most powerful force on the ground would fill that vacuum and the most powerful force were these terrorist groups whose sole mission was to wipe out Christians and other minority groups…”

To date, the U.S. has spent over $6 trillion dollars from post-9/11 related conflicts around the world since 2001.

During Obama's 8 years America deliberately toppled the Egyptian government and installed the Muslim Brotherhood (which itself was overthrown), toppled Libya, and attempted to topple Syria through supporting the most inhumane and heinous terrorist groups in the region, these are all verifiable facts.

No one knows the truth of this better than Tulsi Gabbard. And she wants to ensure such wanton destabilization and destruction is never again approved of by a sitting President.


Tulsi even has her supporters outside of the Democratic Party, Ron Paul is a supporter and believer:

“Tulsi Gabbard is by far the very, very best,” Ron Paul said. “She is very, very liberal when it comes to economics. We probably wouldn’t agree with too much on economics. But she is good on foreign policy. She does not want these engagements, which is an economic issue. We’d save a lot of money by not being engaged.”

“But she’s the most intelligent, and would be the best. If we had to pick one of them to be our president, I think she would be giving us the best chance for bringing about peace,” he added.

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    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      8 weeks ago from USA

      I've watched the debates and was impressed when she spoke. If she's the Democratic choice, I'll vote for her.

    • Ken Burgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Burgess 

      2 months ago from Florida

      Brad she is more capable and competent than most of the 20+ Democratic candidates running for the DNC nomination.

      The goal is to support the best candidate out of the bunch, to keep out the corrupt (Biden) and those with the most dangerous political ideologies from gaining the nomination.

      Paula, thank you. Indeed Tulsi has a lot of conservative and common sense perspectives, she definitely sticks out from this flock of Democrat candidates.

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      Paula 

      2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Ken.....Superb article. I happen to catch Tulsi being interviewed on a talk show. I confess, she is quite impressive. Carries herself well in discussion in terms of being well-informed and having confidence in her statements and her stand. She's young, fresh and certainly has credentials. Tulsi's military background is a huge plus....but maybe that's just my opinion. My belief is firm that any "Commander in Chief" with Military in his/her resume is most preferable.

      I have a feeling Tulsi is going to add some serious & impressive meat to any debate. In short, the rest of the (D) candidates should be shaking in their shorts. In fact, DJT may want to take note of Tulsi and sit up straight!! Good job, Ken! Paula

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      Angel Guzman 

      2 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

      She has my vote if she gets nomination.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      3 months ago

      Vivian

      My thought is that while we can appreciate and honor people for their patriotism, it is only one factor in what we need from a president.

      Examples of how that has failed can be seen in GH Bush, and McCain. While JFK, Eisenhower, Truman, Teddy Roosevelt and Nixon can be seen as a success.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_o...

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      Vivian Coblentz 

      3 months ago

      I agree that we take on too much debt by engaging in wars that aren't necessary. We can't force the entire world to have a democratic society like ours. Our job is to protect our country and help our allies when it's required.

      I'm surprised that Tulsi Gabbard can have somewhat of a handle on foreign policy yet still embrace liberal policies that would devastate America. Like all other 2020 Dems, she would never achieve a fraction of the success Trump has and would lead our nation in the wrong direction.

    • Ken Burgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Burgess 

      3 months ago from Florida

      Yves,

      I reply to your post without having watched the Frontline story as I researched many years ago what was going on and wrote about it in articles like this one: https://hubpages.com/politics/Seeing-what-is-right...

      In brief, what occurred was the Obama Administration with the help of the Muslim Brotherhood interfered with several nations in the Middle East. From the overthrow in Egypt and the toppling of Libya to the civil war in Syria.

      The Ambassador that was killed in Benghazi was just finishing overseeing Ops where a large arsenal (surface to air missiles and anti-tank rockets) of Gaddafi were being secretly shipped to Syrian "rebels" by ship, thru Turkey.

      The Obama Administration (be it Clinton or someone else pulling the strings) created the chaos in Syria with the intent of overthrowing Bashar just like they overthrew Sadat and Gaddafi, all with the Muslim Brotherhood being the on the ground activists making things happen.

      She is aware of these facts as well, I'd imagine, based on her comments. That knowledge just doesn't jive with what the public knows, and hence, why her comments seem a bit off.

    • savvydating profile image

      Yves 

      3 months ago

      FYI: Here is a Frontline Story about Syria & Obama.

      (Explains my confusion over Tulsi's statements)

      https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/obama-at-w...

    • savvydating profile image

      Yves 

      3 months ago

      Ken....I don't know what Tulsi is talking about when she said "....I heard from religious leaders who pleaded and begged for the United States to stop its support because they knew whether there were some that supported the Assad government, and others wanted to see him go..."

      Obama basically bowed out of Syria when they needed him most, but I imagine the clerics may be aligned with Asaad. My understanding is that the Syrian people were begging Obama for help as they could not fight Asaad on their own. As a result of Obama's decision not to help them as he had promised, the total number of refugees came to 3 million. I don't even know how many died.

      As for Tulsi's economic plan, it is the same as Sander's and Warren. Not good. Very bad, in fact. The only person I see as a viable alternative to Trump is Howard Schultz, who was a Democrat and is now an Independent. But he has undergone three back surgeries this year, so I assume he has decided to stay out of the race. However, he did say he was waiting to see what would happen with Biden...

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      3 months ago

      Ken

      I agree, we have to wait to see what the leading candidates have for a political platform. But as you say the majority on stage look pretty scary.

      Thanks, have a Happy Fourth of July.

    • Ken Burgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Burgess 

      3 months ago from Florida

      Time will tell Brad, I am not at all certain of her positions, I am trying to find a couple decent Democratic candidates out of the bunch worth supporting...

      I recognize that if I and all Americans don't support the sanest of them, what we will be left with is one of the completely insane or totally corrupt candidates running.

      Trust me, the majority of candidates that were on stage during those opening debates (20 in total) would only cause most Americans a great deal of hardship and struggle as they try and implement their social idiocy and business killing agendas.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      3 months ago

      Ken

      I got mixed messages while reading your article.

      On the one hand, her military background and experience are admirable and valuable. But then there is the liberal part and her and Sanders?

      I can see why she is democrat, but I can't see why she is very very liberal.

      I got the sense that she would like to trade the money spent on the military and fund the freebie program.

      Does she stand with Bento wanting to spend $5.7 Billion AGW?

      Where does she stand on the Wall?

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