Tulsi Gabbard: Speak Out Against Wars

The Hawaii congresswoman and Iraq war veteran is the most anti-interventionist candidate in the race. As president Tulsi Gabbard says she would withdraw from foreign wars and redirect defense spending into domestic programs.

On the Campaign Trail:

In announcing her presidential bid Gabbard, declared she would “bring a soldier’s principles to the White House — restoring the values of dignity, honor and respect to the presidency.”

As your commander-in-chief, I will work to end the new cold war, and lead us away from the abyss of a nuclear war that could destroy our world in mere minutes.

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On War: A Soldier’s Principles

At the Democratic Party’s 2019 Hall of Fame event in Des Moines, Iowa, Rep. Gabbard declared that ” I’ll bring a soldier’s principle of service-above-self to the White House, restoring the values of integrity and honor and respect to the presidency…..{…}…As president and commander in chief, I will end our foreign policy of waging wasteful regime-change wars that have taken so many lives, that has cost us trillions of taxpayer dollars and undermined our national security.”

On Syria: ‘Assad Is Not The Enemy of the U.S.’

In an MSNBC interview Gabbard said President “Assad is not the enemy of the United States because Syria does not pose a threat to the United States.”

On Venezuela: Don’t Choose Other Countries’ Leaders

Gabbard has not explicitly stated her position on the sanctions imposed by the Trump administration but she rejected Trump’s recognition of opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president.

“The United States needs to stay out of Venezuela,” Gabbard said in a tweet last week after the administration recognized Guaidó. “Let the Venezuelan people determine their future. We don’t want other countries to choose our leaders―so we have to stop trying to choose theirs.”

Huffington Post

On February 6th, Gabbard signed onto House Resolution 1004: Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela Act as a co-sponsor.

On Wasteful Spending:

On Nuclear Weapons:

On Iran:

On U.S. Engagements:

On Afghanistan:

In the Eyes of ‘the Blob’ and the Secret Intelligence Agencies:

President Gabbard would constitute a profound challenge even to the policymaking elites, intelligence chiefs, and military leaders most disturbed by Trump. More than any other candidate, with the possible exception of Sanders, she advocates fundamental change in the U.S. government agencies most resistant to outside influence.


Tulsi Gabbard announces her candidacy.

Research: Daniel Ortiz

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4 Replies to “Tulsi Gabbard: Speak Out Against Wars”

  1. Not sure such isolationism would be completely consistent with the values she espouses. Assad IS our enemy because he is humanity’s enemy, as are a number of other ruthless authoritarian dictators around the world, so complete hands-off is not an appropriate response. I like the idea of our 4 billion a month expenditure in Afghanistan being shifted to pay for education though.

  2. Besides all of Tulsi’s sterling achievements, obvious integrity and intelligence, and her soldier’s ability to stay calm under fire, the fantasy I most enjoy is watching Tulsi debate Trump in the 2020 presidential debates.

    Slain by Tulsi’s overwhelming hotness, Trump fumbles and fawns, unable to find a single insult to throw at her. Even his botox/facelift-go-to, that he reserves for women over 25, eludes him.

    Eventually he gives it up to Tulsi – offering her the presidency in the faint hope that he might one day be able to grab her by the pussy!

  3. It seems little fitting that retreat from 1 country or 11 would be known as isolatatinism. The US is an empire that has pretended to not be one. Tulsi never appears to me to be distant from the requirements of war and instead, as commented before, she is “calm under fire”, something that is required while struggling against lobbyists and straight up sabotage, within and international. Yes so much of the unnecessary expenses can go else where yet 4 billion of 733+ is what percentage exactly? Tulsi hardly seems hard left. More like common sense. We need that. We can figure more out from there. But I suppose it’s a fantasy.

  4. I’m a Brit so my opinion doesn’t count, but for what it’s worth I think Tulsi is the only Democrat with a chance in hell of beating Trump and I think she would beat him. She exhales charisma. None of the others has any. She has intellect, steel composure and a crystal clear grasp of the military-industrial complex versus civilian well-being, cooperative engagement with the world versus destructive imperialism. I live in Wales but whether Tulsi becomes President matters to me and to everyone everywhere.

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