Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard Blames Both Sides for Waging 'These Wasteful Wars'

“As though the only way that we can relate with other countries in the world is by bombing them.”

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Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) is controversial within her party.

She says the U.S. should talk to its enemies. She was criticized for meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

But Democrats were supposed to be the anti-war party, I say to her in my newest video.

"They're heavily influenced by a foreign policy establishment…whose whole power base is built around continuing this status quo," Gabbard tells me. "So much so, to the point where when I'm calling for an end to these wasteful wars, they're saying, 'Well, gosh, Tulsi, why are you such an isolationist?' As though the only way that we can relate with other countries in the world is by bombing them."

Gabbard is a veteran, and now says, "Honor our servicemen and women by only sending them on missions that are worthy of their sacrifice."

She enlisted because of the 9/11 attacks. However, there, too, she thought a limited response was necessary but now says that our government has "used that attack on 9/11 to begin to wage a whole series of counterproductive regime-change wars, overthrowing authoritarian dictators in other countries, wars that have proven to be very costly to our servicemembers."

She blames both parties. "I call out leaders in my own party and leaders in the Republican Party (and all) who are heavily influenced by the military-industrial complex that profits heavily off of us continuing to wage these counterproductive wars."

She also wants to end our big domestic war, the war on drugs. She'd start by legalizing marijuana.

"I've never smoked marijuana," she says. "I never will. I've never drunk alcohol. I've chosen not to in my life, but this is about free choice. And if somebody wants to do that, our country should not be making a criminal out of them."

Even if they use stronger drugs? Heroin? Meth?

"That's the direction that we need to take," she says.

Although Gabbard just barely polls well enough to make the Democratic debates, she made a big impact at one debate by basically knocking Sen. Kamala Harris (D–Calif.) out of the race.

Gabbard simply pointed out Harris' hypocrisy in suddenly becoming a criminal justice reformer.

Gabbard said, "She put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana."

That debate clash crushed Harris in betting predictions about who the Democratic nominee would be. Harris' numbers started dropping from that moment, and she quickly fell from first place to, as I write this, seventh.

Good for Gabbard for bringing up the drug war—and for running an ad that at least mentions America's huge federal debt.

But like most Democrats, Gabbard would spend billions on expensive new programs, funding it with military cuts.

But Bernie Sanders admits that "Medicare for All" alone would cost $3 trillion. The budget for the entire military, by comparison, is $700 billion per year.

"The money that we are going to save by ending these wasteful wars—you're right, it won't cover every other thing that we need to accomplish," Gabbard admits.

At least she's willing to debate with me. No one else polling over 1 percent has been willing so far.

"Our leaders are increasingly unwilling to sit down with those who may be 'on the other team,'" she explains. "Look, I love my country. You love our country. Let's come together as Americans with appreciation for our Constitution, our freedoms, civil liberties and rights, and have this civil discourse and dialogue about how we can move forward together."

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  1. Tulsi Gabbard should probably hang it up. There is no room for a closet Libertarian in this two party dictatorship of ours!

    1. She’s no libertarian, closeted or otherwise.

      1. Given the fact we don’t have one running, she’s probably the best choice.

        1. I think voting for a libertarian is the best choice (assuming we can persuade the LP to put one up this time). I think the second best choice is not voting. Gabbard says some things I agree with, but I doubt she even makes it to third best thing, and the first two are far more persuasive.

          1. That was brilliant. People are open to even radical change, which happens only once or twice per century.

            So … you want an UNelectable candidate. Then again, Johnson/Weld lost — the ONLY qualified candidates — because the libertarian establishment agrees with what you SEEM to be saying …thus has NO policy solutions, not even one, to anything.

            MIGHT that be why the libertarian label is rejected by 91% of libertarians (the ones who are over 60% of the electorate, Cato Survey)

            So … when libertarianISM is dead in the water for libertariANS, what’s the point any more?

  2. I admire her too!
    If she gets a platform (speaking) she’ll be making that pitch as a combat veteran. A majority of Americans are intervention.

    She may not actually be a libertarian, but she’s good at what we do in not being tagged as left or right, and appealing to both sides,

    Good political smarts, Remember when her party opposed a Trump judicial nominee, because he was in the Catholic Knights of Columbus? In a scathing op-ed in The Hill, she voiced strong opposition to religious bigotry … by her party (that part unspoken) … then said she’d vote against the nominee, not on religion, but for his record and positions. (OMG) We see very little political savvy these days. She hot very favorable coverage in top web sites, both left and right.

    This is her training lap. Watch her in 2024.

    1. she’s good at what we do in not being tagged as left or right, and appealing to both sides,

      How desperate are you to find any excuse to vote for anyone but Trump? She absolutely is tagged as far left, she doesn’t appeal to the right at all, and that bit about “may not actually be a libertarian” is a laughable example of how desperate you are to find anyone but Trump to vote for.

      Which is a damned silly thing to worry about. Why do you still cling to the idea that your vote is so damned precious, as if your vote will stand in for everyone, as if everyone else has given you their proxy, and the future of the United States rests entirely on your shoulders?

      Good grief. Just don’t vote, or vote Libertarian, or Green Party (who you probably support, since you seem to gloss over her support for the Green New Deal bankruptcy plan). Get over yourself.

      1. Unlike most/all the other candidates (Sestak?) she has principles that she can explain and voters can compare to their own. That’s why she appeals. It’s not just about Trump, although he fails to demonstrate any principles with any consistency.

      2. Yeah, she’s not a libertarian and she is definitely on the left side of the political spectrum. But I find her to be respectable. Certainly the best among the democrats (which isn’t saying much, but I suspect if she did get elected, she’d be one of the better Democrat presidents we’ve had in the modern era).

        1. (posted in
          self-defense to PERHAPS the craziest assault of the week)_
          Can there be any greater joy than … being called stupid … while the attacker is BEING stupid !!!

          How desperate are you to find any excuse to vote for anyone but Trump?

          Read me again, BIG hint that I’m libertarian.
          I’ve voted libertarian for over 40 years. But as we see next, you are TOTALLY clueless on what a libertarian even IS.

          She absolutely is tagged as far left,

          Only by tribal extremists … who say EVERYONE is a socialist that doesn’t conform WITH THE FAR RIGHT… which is YOU. as you prove repeatedly here.

          THAT is how you SCREWED UP her and I BOTH being far left! In her party,
          her biggest critics are the FAR LEFT!
          PROOF

          https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/10/tulsi-gabbard-how-a-progressive-rising-star-is-a-paradox-for-the-left

          she doesn’t appeal to the right at all,

          OMFG THAT’S WHAT I SAID!
          No libertarian does, not even a closet libertarian.

          NEXT, OFF THE RAILS ENTIRELY

          that bit about “may not actually be a libertarian” is a laughable example of how desperate you are to find anyone but Trump to vote for.

          (pees pants laughing at YOU)
          1) EVERY COMMENT ABOVE ME SAYS SHE’S LIBERTARIAN … I CORRECTED THEM

          (Diane’s REPLY is above me so far, 12 hours after BOTH of us.)

          So you didn’t read the article. Scrolled down and assaulted me, without reading; single comment

          YOU CAME HERE TO LAUNCH AN UNPROVOKED ASSAULT ME.

          ***FOUR THREE STRIKES. YOU’RE OUT
          Your remaining drivel PROVES what I said about the WACKO far-right .. EVERYONE who dislikes Trump MUST be not just a Democrat, but a far left Democrat!! )

          By your “standards,” GEORGE WILL is on the far left! JUSTIN AMASH!!JEFF FLAKE!!

          Should I now TOTALLY EXPLODE his “brain?” (snort)

          cont’d

          1. OOOPS, this 3-part reply is to .. the Arabic (or whatever) name.
            Not to Zeb.

        2. 51% now want Trump REMOVED from office- FOX NEWS
          MORE CORRUPT than previous ones -51%
          Soliciting election help foreign leaders NOT APPROPRIATE – 66%
          ****Zelensky call not appropriate – 77%
          Disapproval on performance – 55%
          ((also majority disapproval AS A PERSON, in a different poll. That is the kiss of death, IF other independent polls find the same ))

          On impeachment inquiry
          Getting what he deserves – 48%
          People out to get Trump – 37%

          MORE

        3. Two Foreign-Born Men Who Helped Giuliani on Ukraine Arrested on Campaign-Finance Charges
          Prosecutors say Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were part of a conspiracy to funnel a Russian donor’s money into U.S. elections ((They know at least one funding source, which REQUIRES them to have other people linked))

          FIVE criminal charges against Trump were passed to the Southern District of New York. which CAN indict, and all 5 disappeared … Will those charges be filed closer to the election?

          He’s already lost on EVERY front, SELF-impeachment … when he released the “transcript”

          He just CAVED on refusing to testify to the House inquiry,

          Videos are exploding on TV stations and the Internet, showing politicians saying Presidents should NEVER bellowed to ignore House subpoenas. (once upon a time)
          1) Trey Gowdy — yelling as always
          2) Lindsey Graham
          3) Mike Pompeo

          Trump will be gone in a month, resigning like Nixon did, or when Republicans fear loss of the Senate.

  3. “Get over yourself.”

    Good advice for many, most, or maybe even all of us! ESPECIALLY with agonizing over our one tiny little vote, which has a bat’s chance in hell, of deciding any large election!

    I was seriously considering worrying myself into a fetus-style-balled-up nervous tizzy, thinking about NOTHING other than early Nov. 2020, and WHUT am I gonna do THEN!??!

    But now you’re talked me out of it! Thanks! “Get over yourself.” Good advice indeed!

    1. Better Advice for you is to take meds and reduce shit intake.

      1. Do you recall the awesome enchanter named “Tim”, in “Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail”? The one who could “summon fire without flint or tinder”? Well, you remind me of Tim… You are an enchanter who can summon persuasion without facts or logic!

        So I discussed your awesome talents with some dear personal friends on the Reason staff… Accordingly…

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        At Reason, we pay above-market-band salaries to permanent staff, or above-market-band per-word-based fees to freelancers, at your choice. To both permanent staff, and to free-lancers, we provide excellent health, dental, and vision benefits. We also provide FREE unlimited access to nubile young groupies, although we do firmly stipulate that persuasion, not coercion, MUST be applied when taking advantage of said nubile young groupies.

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      2. And I have some advice for you and the others who are weirdly obsessed with the possibility that other people might eat shit: if you don’t like a comment (or commenter), ignore it.

        1. How can you show tribal loyalty without outcasts to shun?

  4. With all her good points, how can someone be so inconsistent to stand for keeping cocaine illegal while saying things like, “adults should be able to do what they want with their own bodies” when talking about weed.

    Oh, and defending 15 dph minimum wage with lines like, “investing in our workforce.” Utterly dispicable.

  5. She’s making some reasonable points here, no wonder she doesn’t stand a chance in the Democratic primary.

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  7. She sounds good until you ask her about immigration and impeachment, then she’s a standard-issue dhimmicrat. That’s the problem with superficially appealing candidates like this — you never know what they’re going to get wrong.

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    1. Libertarians are for free and open immigration.

  8. I’m sure there are good warmongers on both sides.

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