In a remarkably candid interview with Wolf
Blitzer, Gabbard calls Washington’s
effort to oust Assad “counterproductive” and “illegal” before taking
it a step further and accusing the CIA of arming the very same
terrorists who The White House insists are “sworn enemies.”
In short, Gabbard all but tells the American
public that the government is lying to them and may end up
inadvertently starting “World War III.”
For those who missed it, here’s the clip:
That was before Paris.
Well, in the wake of the attacks, Gabbard has apparently had just
about enough of Washington vacillating in the fight against terror
just so the US can ensure that ISIS continues to destabilize Assad
and now, with bi-partisan support, the brazen Hawaii
Democrat has introduced legislation to end the “illegal war” to
Gabbard, who fought in Iraq – twice – has partnered with
Republican Adam Scott on the bill. Here’s
In an unusual alliance, a House Democrat and
Republican have teamed up to urge the Obama administration to
stop trying to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad
and focus all its efforts on destroying Islamic State militants.
Reps. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat, and Austin
Scott, a Republican, introduced legislation on Friday to end
what they called an “illegal war” to overthrow Assad,
the leader of Syria accused of killing tens of thousands of
Syrian citizens in a more than four-year-old civil war entangled
in a battle against IS extremists, also known as ISIS.
“The U.S. is waging two wars in Syria,” Gabbard said.
“The first is the war against ISIS and other Islamic extremists,
which Congress authorized after the terrorist attack on 9/11.
The second war is the illegal war to overthrow the
Syrian government of Assad.”
Scott said, “Working to remove Assad at this stage is
counter-productive to what I believe our primary mission should
Since 2013, the CIA has trained an estimated 10,000
fighters, although the number still fighting with so-called
moderate forces is unclear. CIA-backed rebels in Syria, who had
begun to put serious pressure on Assad’s forces, are now under
Russian bombardment with little prospect of rescue by their
American patrons, U.S. officials say.
For years, the CIA effort had foundered — so much so that
over the summer, some in Congress proposed cutting its budget.
Some CIA-supported rebels had been captured; others had defected
to extremist groups.
Gabbard complained that Congress has never
authorized the CIA effort, though covert programs do not require
congressional approval, and the program has been briefed to the
intelligence committees as required by law, according to
congressional aides who are not authorized to be quoted
discussing the matter.
Gabbard contends the effort to overthrow Assad is
counter-productive because it is helping IS topple the Syrian
leader and take control of all of Syria. If IS were able to
seize the Syrian military’s weaponry, infrastructure and
hardware, the group would become even more dangerous than it is
now and exacerbate the refugee crisis.
And make no mistake, Tulsi’s understanding of Washington’s absurd
Mid-East policy goes far beyond Syria. That is, Gabbard fully grasps
the big picture as well. Here’s what she has to say about the idea
that the US should everywhere and always attempt to overthrow
regimes when human rights groups claim there’s evidence of
“People said the very same thing about Saddam
(Hussein), the very same thing about (Moammar) Gadhafi, the
results of those two failed efforts of regime change and the
following nation-building have been absolute, not only have they
been failures, but they’ve actually worked to strengthen our
Somebody get Langley on the phone, this woman must be stopped.
Here’s Gabbard speaking to CNN this week about Assad:
Perhaps if the clueless masses won’t listen to “lunatic” fringe
Sergei Lavrov, they’ll listen to a US Congresswoman who served
two tours of duty in Iraq and who is now telling Americans that The
White House, The Pentagon, and most especially the CIA are together
engaged in an “illegal” effort to overthrow the government of a
sovereign country and in the process are arming the very same
extremists that are attacking civilians in places like Paris.
Good luck Tulsi, and thanks for proving that there’s at least one
person inside that Beltway that isn’t either dishonest or naive.
“Here are 10 reasons the U.S. must end its war to overthrow the
Syrian government of Assad:
Because if we succeed in overthrowing the Syrian government
of Assad, it will open the door for ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other
Islamic extremists to take over all of Syria. There will be
genocide and suffering on a scale beyond our imagination. These
Islamic extremists will take over all the weaponry,
infrastructure, and military hardware of the Syrian army and be
more dangerous than ever before.
We should not be allying ourselves with these Islamic
extremists by helping them achieve their goal because it is
against the security interests of the United States and all of
Because the money and weapons the CIA is providing
to overthrow the Syrian government of Assad are going directly
or indirectly into the hands of the Islamic extremist groups,
including al-Qaeda affiliates, al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham, and
others who are the actual enemies of the United States. These
groups make up close to 90 percent of the so-called opposition
forces, and are the most dominant fighters on the ground.
Because our efforts to overthrow Assad has increased and
will continue to increase the strength of ISIS and other Islamic
extremists, thus making them a bigger regional and global
Because this war has exacerbated the chaos and carnage in
Syria and, along with the terror inflicted by ISIS and other
Islamic extremist groups fighting to take over Syria, continues
to increase the number of Syrians forced to flee their country.
Because we should learn from our past mistakes in
Iraq and Libya that U.S. wars to overthrow secular dictators
(Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi) cause even more chaos and
human suffering and open the door for Islamic extremists to take
over in those countries.
Because the U.S. has no credible government or government
leader ready to bring order, security, and freedom to the people
Because even the ‘best case’ scenario—that the U.S.
successfully overthrows the Syrian government of Assad—would
obligate the United States to spend trillions of dollars and the
lives of American service members in the futile effort to create
a new Syria. This is what we have been trying to do in
Iraq for twelve years, and we still have not succeeded. The
situation in Syria will be much more difficult than in Iraq.
Because our war against the Syrian government of Assad is
interfering with our being one-pointedly focused on the war to
defeat ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and the other Islamic extremists who are
our actual enemy.
Because our war to overthrow the Assad government
puts us in direct conflict with Russia and increases the
likelihood of war between the United States and Russia and the
possibility of another world war.”
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Oh, and if you needed another reason to like Tulsi, here’s a
bonus 40 second clip for your amusement…
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