US Congresswoman Introduces Bill To Stop "Illegal" War On Assad; Says CIA Ops Must Stop

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Last month, US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard went on CNN and laid bare Washington’s Syria strategy. 

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 overthrow Assad. 

Gabbard, who fought in Iraq - twice - has partnered with Republican Adam Scott on the bill. Here's AP

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 be."


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 oppression:

"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 enemy."

Somebody get Langley on the phone, this woman must be stopped. 

Here's Gabbard speaking to CNN this week about Assad:

So there's hope for the US public after all.

Perhaps if the clueless masses won't listen to "lunatic" fringe blogs or 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. 

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From Gabbard

 “Here are 10 reasons the U.S. must end its war to overthrow the Syrian government of Assad:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 civilization.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 threat.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Because the U.S. has no credible government or government leader ready to bring order, security, and freedom to the people of Syria.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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DontWorry's picture

I think I love her.

0b1knob's picture

Her name is an anagram of "I grab bad slut".

Coincidence?  Or CONSPRIACY????????

aint no fortunate son's picture

brains, class and toughness... she makes the rest of congress look like the bought and paid for whores they are

Freddie's picture

I love her too.

She was in the military and she is not spewing the Neocon/NeoLib shit line for endless war like military vets Sen. Tom Cotton and other MIC puppets.

Awesome woman.  She should run for President.  I would vote for her.

Speaking of war check out this short but awesome Russian video of TU-160 being escorted by two Su 30s.  This is top shelf technology not that F-35 garbage shit or other hangar queens the B-1 and B-2.

The bit at 1:19 is amazing.  The Russian planes look so damn good.  Major respect for Russia, Russians and Putin.   They are not ashamed to be WHITE and Christian.  The Russians also respect peaceful (mostly Shia) Muslims.

Russia = Christian for 1,100 years with an 80 year period of Khazar, NYC marxist Bolshevik genocide.  Never again Putin and Russians.  Never let it happen again, No Soros, No kasparaov, No Zoligarchs or their slimy ilk.

Bless the Russians for trying to save Syria from pure EVIL.

Perimetr's picture

I just made a $$$ donation to her website.  She deserves it.


That girl has more balls than all the rest of Congress and the Senate put together.

Government run by people like this - could succeed.

Proctologist's picture

Yes she does. That being said, She should stay away from nail guns .....

Took Red Pill's picture

more likely a surfing "accident"

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

Sounds like another Kerry, sent to the military to campaign as a vet and therefore legit, being groomed to fill a niche in the Democrat machine.

And here come all the ZHers who thought Obama was the Messiah the first time round, ready to bow down and kiss the hem of her robe.


Wake the hell up already. Just because she spews some of the lines you guys are so eager for does not make her genuine.

She is being groomed.

When she gets to higher office, she will push the same leftists bullshit that got us in this hellhole.

conscious being's picture

Obummer never portrayed himself as the peace candidate. All the usual idiots just assumed he was. This women is different she's saying what needs to be said, right up to, but not including the Zinos. Maybe because she is interested in staying alive.

sam i am's picture

She should run for a President


Actually, I will blame someone. I blame myself, me. I was too busy enjoying the fruits of the labors of my father and grandfathers and furthering my career rather than make sure The United States of America remained true to itself and strong.
I have failed.

bv Auslander Sevastopol,Crimea RF

Oldrepublic's picture

Thank you for that very interesting post regarding your visit to the US. Sevastopol is a nice city. I have visited it several times.

vollderlerby's picture

The clarity, relevance and directness of her message illustrates how fucking meaningless this whole Dems vs Reps theater really is and no one is talking about what really matters.  Anyone else noticed Wolf's reaction after she said stuff that was true and actually meant something?  He was dumbfounded and didn't know what to do with meanginful comments.  We need more of her and a hell of a lot less of the other fuckheads in congress.

Occams_Chainsaw's picture

It's not often I see some sparks of independance in some of the congress critters.  She apparently does not take shit from her own party either.


Dame Ednas Possum's picture

And your name is an anagram of 'O I Knob B'

Hmmm... you might be on to something there!


PT's picture

It is also an anagram of "I Bonk B O", and I find that very disturbing ...

Implied Violins's picture

Also "Boob Kin." That's even more disturbing; it means there's more than one of them...

conspicio's picture

Bald Stair Bug?

Atlas Bird Bug?

Bag Adult Ribs?

Brads Tail Bug?

Bald Tuba Rigs?

Rabid Bat Slug?

Dunno. There are like 7000+ others. Seems like a reach to pull the one with "slut" and call it a conspiracy.



Bingo Hammer's picture

Your ZH name analyzed = 1 Objectionable Knob :)

have a nice day :)

sgt_doom's picture

Compare her vid to this vid of the former director of the DIA, absolute douchetard and simpleminded Gen. Michael Flynn being skewered by the interviewer from al Jazeera!

A simple question that NONE of the newsy whorescum would ever dare ask, or could even probably think of:

Those Syrian Muslim refugees are fleeing "radical Muslims" we are constantly being told, yet a large number of those "radical Muslims" are former Muslim immigrants to the USA, Europe, the Americas, etc., who were granted asylum because they were supposed to have been "fleeing radical Muslims"!

So what can we expect if we continue with this neverending loop?

Freddie's picture

Also that shitbag ex-See Eye Aye boss Woolsley (actually better than most of their shit bags) saying that Snowden helped phony See Eye Aye ISIS in Paris!   What liars! 

I used to think Snowden was a CIA mole in the NSA and a CIA op against NSA but I am not so sure.  I really wonder who he is after Putin correctly gave him asylum.

Bossman1967's picture

We will be reading an obituary

NotGrokkingIt's picture

I would vote for her all night long.

Fullthrottle's picture

I always have, and im not even a Dem but shes not only Logical but shes hot. 

More_sellers_than_buyers's picture

Stay away from the nail gun aisle at home depot

WorkingClassMan's picture

For once I agree with a demomarxist.  She's right on the money.

logicalman's picture

Any chance we can stay on topic here?

Unix's picture

arg, then go jump up her ass please

29.5's picture

don't get too excited "dontworry," she says kurds are our friends.

Illegal's picture

She has been groomed for this role. She is a future BO or HC. Read her resume. Just because she wore a uniform we should not be lionizing her. She was military police.

swamp's picture

We all love her. She's an awesome and brave American hero. War hero. If she were a man we'd be reading about her big balls. - which exposes the FALLACY if male monopoly on bravery. YOU GO GIRL.

Ignatius's picture

Yeah, but she's spouting the "Al Qaida did 9/11" trope which, while it gives her access to corporate media, fails to move the ball toward truth which is where it needs to go.

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Anonymous User (not verified) Ignatius Nov 21, 2015 1:31 PM

Doesn't she look like this multicultural ho?


Or is just me.


chunga's picture

It's just you porn spammer.

justdues's picture

I think that "multicultural ho" is jewish and anonamouse loser should be banned for anti-semitism ?

Lore's picture

Porn CLICKBAIT does not add value to the discussion. Come back when you're older.

JamaicaJim's picture

It's you. For the Love of God, just because you can lick your own ass does not mean you have to dig deep and suck the contents of it.


Unix's picture

pssssst....look over here

Unix's picture

NIGGA Please....

buzzsaw99's picture

no thanks. my pc doesn't want to end up like charlie sheen.