An interesting article. https://www.thedailybeast.com/tulsi-gabbard-bashar-assads-favorite-democrat-is-running-for-president?ref=homeI’ll be interested in her policy positions. Guessing green will be high on the priority list.
Gabbard, who deployed to Iraq in 2005 and is a major now in the National Guard, first rose to poltiical prominence as an official at the Democratic National Committee before resigning in 2016 to endorse the democratic socialist from Vermont. She is now a fellow at the Sanders Institute. But the 37-year-old’s own politics don’t track neatly with those of either party, and sometimes veer far to the right.
In 2015, for example, Gabbard joined congressional Republicans in voting for an “extreme vetting” bill that the Obama administration said would effectively bar the resettlement of Syrian refugees — the same year she was a keynote speaker at the Christians United for Israel summit in Washington, DC. Gabbard has also received criticism for meeting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad on a trip funded by a far-right political organization that has also facilitated visits to Damascus by members of Greece’s Golden Dawn. Gabbard, who has also been criticized for meeting with Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, later returned the money.
Opposing America's wars is supporting terrorism. I mean, we're fighting terrorism, so it makes sense, right?
Wow. They must really hate her....
"There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace," Gabbard said, according to CNN. "I look forward to being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement."
Gabbard has earned her right to be critical of those conflicts. In 2004, she volunteered for a 12-month tour of duty in Iraq while serving in the Hawaii Army National Guard, leaving her seat as a state legislator to do so. She was deployed a second time, to Kuwait, in 2008.
Since entering national politics in 2012—when she became the first Hindu elected to Congress—she has been an outspoken critic of the bipartisan consensus on foreign policy. She opposed the Obama administration's interventions in Syria as being "against America's national security, international credibility, economic interest, and moral center" and has called for putting an end to the Afghanistan war "as soon as possible."
She's also reached across the aisle to work with libertarian-minded Republicans like Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) and Rep. Justin Amash (R–Mich.) to nudge America's foreign policy in a less warmongering direction. Gabbard co-sponsored the House version of Paul's bill to cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia and backed Amash's amendment to defund the National Security Agency over its warrantless surveillance program.
She's also been critical of her own party, calling out Hillary Clinton's track record of supporting foreign wars during the 2016 presidential primary. "Sec. Clinton has a record and positions that will take us into a future that will include more interventionist wars of regime change," Gabbard told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow in March 2016.
Gabbard has already secured a veteran of Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I–Vt.) 2016 campaign as her campaign manager, CNN reports. Gabbard had endorsed Sanders in 2016 after falling out with the Democratic National Committee over its handling of the primary and her opposition to Clinton's foreign policy views. While her support for Sanders' economic message may turn off libertarians for obvious reasons, it's difficult to imagine there being anyone in either major party primary who will be more critical of America's wasteful and seemingly endless post-9/11 wars. Her participation in the race will raise the profile of some important issues, for which libertarians should be glad.
She's also got a chance to be a strong candidate. She's young and cool—she surfs; she wants to end marijuana prohibition!—and isn't afraid to be an unorthodox, nonpartisan voice. She will certainly stand out in a Democratic field that figures to be crowded....
I have zero issues with her on foreign policy. I suspect neither you or the Koch’s will find much to like in her climate change proscriptions.
Two good steps would be to end the stupid ethanol in our fuels thing and promote industrial hemp.I have zero issues with her on foreign policy. I suspect neither you or the Koch’s will find much to like in her climate change proscriptions.
Both are good.
I wonder what the final count will be. 20? 30? More?