Presidential Aspirant Tulsi Gabbard: Unqualified for Being Anti-War by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Her congressional record is mixed at best. She supported Hillary in 2016, despite her militantly pro-war, pro-Wall Street, anti-social justice agenda.
Since elected to Congress in November 2012, she voted along Dem party lines most often. She supported supplying Ukrainian putschists with weapons to be used for war without mercy on Donbass freedom fighters and civilians.
She falsely accused Russia of “degrad(ing) the territorial integrity of Ukraine.” No “Russian aggression” exists anywhere — a US, NATO, Israeli speciality.
She voted for the unconstitutional House-passed anti-BDS resolution — siding with Israel over Palestinian rights on this crucial issue, and the right of Americans to criticize the Jewish state unobstructed.
She supported the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) — imposing illegal sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea.
While opposing nuclear-related sanctions on Iran, she co-sponsored legislation, opposing its legitimate ballistic missile program, imposing illegal sanctions on the country.
The bottom line on Gabbard is while she’s on the right side of some issues, notably on war and peace, she’s far from true blue.
She deserves credit for saying “Donald Trump and warmongering politicians in Washington have failed us.”
“They continue to escalate tensions with other nuclear armed countries like Russia and China, and North Korea, starting a new Cold War, pushing us closer and closer to the brink of nuclear catastrophe.”
“As president, I will end this insanity.” With polls showing she has scant support, and establishment media hostile to her anti-war views, she has little chance of becoming US president.
During this week’s Dem presidential “debate,” she ripped fellow aspirant Kamala Harris’ disturbing record as San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general, saying the following:
“(W)hen you were in a position to make a difference and an impact in these people’s lives, you did not and worse yet in the case of those who are on death row, innocent people, you actually blocked evidence from being revealed that would have freed them until you were forced to do so.”
“There’s no excuse for that and the people who suffered under your reign as prosecutor. You owe them an apology.”
It’s early in the race, but if this criticism continues, establishment figure Harris on the wrong side of most issues could be eliminated from contention long before November 2020.
The problem is that no matter who becomes Dem nominee to face Trump, privileged interests will win likely virtually every time before.