Note: The below blog post is about Syria and the recent conflicts taking place over there. If you’re not up to speed, this informational video will help you out. Enjoy!
On the evening of Thursday, 06 April 2017, the United States, on the authorization of U.S. President Donald Trump, fired more than 50 cruise missiles at a Syrian air field in response to a poison gas attack on the Syrian people. The next day, CNN invited Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard to The Situation Room to speak about it.
What happened just a few days later should have surprised no one. It certainly didn’t surprise me. This morning, 09 April 2017, I woke up to find a very disappointing (and misleading) headline on that same network’s website (go ahead, have us a click):
Yes, that’s correct. Contrary to what the headline may have you believe, only two “liberals,” made known to us as Howard Dean and Neera Tanden, are calling for this challenge. Give me a break. Seriously, give me a break. This headline, to me, is both alarmist and attempts to inflate the perceived liberal sentiment against Tulsi Gabbard.
In a time when the development of a Democratic bench is paramount to state, congressional, and presidential success, the idea of even publicly exploring the idea of replacing what many perceive to be a rising star in the Democratic Party appears to be more of the very same politicking that millennials have tired of in recent years. It’s baffling (but no longer surprising) to me. What has Howard Dean done lately?
Oh, right. I forgot all about that. Moving along, who is this woman? Who is Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)? You may or may not know her. Rep. Gabbard is the high-ranking Democratic politician who resigned from the Democratic National Committee in order to endorse Bernie Sanders for President, unlike certain others who remained in party leadership and championed a Clinton Nomination behind the scenes.
More than that, Rep. Gabbard also nominated him for President at the Democratic National Convention, a seemingly rebellious act, especially considering the fact that the Convention was essentially a Clinton Coronation leading into November.
Earlier this year, Rep. Gabbard traveled to Syria on a fact-finding mission a few months ago, “without alerting Party leadership.” Logan Act aside, no one was entitled to know. She was free to travel as she pleased.
That obviously made some people mad.
The powers that be also tried to tie the organization she collaborated with (the Arab American Community Center for Economic and Social Services) to the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), considered one of the largest political parties in Syria after the ruling Ba’ath party. Rep. Gabbard also met President Assad on that trip.
Rep. Gabbard also met with President-elect Donald Trump a few weeks after Election Day, particularly about the concerns she had regarding the Syrian Civil War.
Rep. Gabbard has done more than just travel, however; she has introduced legislation this year that would bar the U.S. government from supporting groups allied with or supporting terrorist organizations, some of which are anti-Assad.
Rep. Gabbard has repeatedly warned against the removal of Assad from power, basically saying it will be worse than Iraq if Assad is removed with al-Qaeda, Daesh, Al Nusra, Hamas, and various other terrorist organizations chomping at the bit. As seen before, she’s been criticized for her views, despite her actually being qualified to express them (she actually served in Iraq). Nevertheless, certain “liberals” want her seat taken away.
Reader, I want you to remember Tulsi Gabbard’s name. I suspect that she will become a major player heading into the 2018 midterms and 2020 general election. As of right now, she doesn’t appear to be a shill for neoliberal or neoconservative elites in this country. I suspect she would have been on Bernie Sanders’ shortlist had he not been screwed out of the Democratic nomination last Spring. We all know how threatening Sen. Sanders was to the Democratic establishment.
As of right now, I trust this woman’s judgment. Let’s see what happens next.