Tulsi Gabbard Versus "Regime Change" Wars

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is a rare member of Congress willing to take heat for challenging U.S. “regime change” projects, in part, because as an Iraq War vet she saw the damage these schemes do, as retired Col. Ann Wright explains to ConsortiumNews.com.

I support Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, going to Syria and meeting with President Bashar al-Assad because the congresswoman is a brave person willing to take criticism for challenging U.S. policies that she believes are wrong.

It is important that we have representatives in our government who will go to countries where the United States is either killing citizens directly by U.S. intervention or indirectly by support of militia groups or by sanctions.

We need representatives to sift through what the U.S. government says and what the media reports to find out for themselves the truth, the shades of truth and the untruths.

We need representatives willing to take the heat from both their fellow members of Congress and from the media pundits who will not go to those areas and talk with those directly affected by U.S. actions. We need representatives who will be our eyes and ears to go to places where most citizens cannot go.

Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran who has seen first-hand the chaos that can come from misguided “regime change” projects, is not the first international observer to come back with an assessment about the tragic effects of U.S. support for lethal “regime change” in Syria.

Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire began traveling to Syria three years ago and now having made three trips to Syria. She has come back hearing many of the same comments from Syrians that Rep. Gabbard heard — that U.S. support for “regime change” against the secular government of Syria is contributing to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Syrians and – if the “regime change” succeeded – might result in the takeover by armed religious-driven fanatics who would slaughter many more Syrians and cause a mass migration of millions fleeing the carnage.

Since 2011, the Obama administration supported various rebel groups fighting for “regime change” in Syria while U.S. allies – Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey – backed jihadist groups including Islamic State and Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, some of the same extremists whom the U.S. military is fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. If Assad were overthrown, these extremists might take power and create even worse conditions for Syrians.

This possibility of jihadists imposing perverted extremist religious views on the secular state of Syria remains high due to international meddling in the internal affairs of Syria. This “regime change” project also drew in Russia to provide air support for the Syrian military.

Critical of Obama’s ‘Regime Change’

During the Obama administration, Rep. Gabbard spoke critically of the U.S. propensity to attempt “regime change” in countries and thus provoking chaos and loss of civilian life.

On Dec. 8, 2016, she introduced a bill entitled the “Stop Arming Terrorists Act” which would prohibit the U.S. government from using U.S. funds to provide funding, weapons, training, and intelligence support to extremists groups, such as the ones fighting in Syria – or to countries that are providing direct or indirect support to those groups.

In the first days of the Trump administration, Rep. Gabbard traveled to Syria to see the effects of the attempted “regime change” and to offer a solution to reduce the deaths of civilians and the end of the war in Syria. A national organization Veterans For Peace, to which I belong, has endorsed her trip as a step toward resolution to the Syrian conflict.

Not surprisingly, back in Washington, Rep. Gabbard came under attack for the trip and for her meeting with President Assad, similar to criticism that I have faced because of visits that I have made to countries where the U.S. government did not want me to go — to Cuba, Iran, Gaza, Yemen, Pakistan, North Korea, Russia and back to Afghanistan, where I was assigned as a U.S. diplomat.

I served my country for 29 years in the U.S. Army/ Army Reserves and retired as a colonel. I also served 16 years in the U.S. diplomatic corps in U.S. Embassies in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia. I resigned from the U.S. government nearly 14 years ago in March 2003 in opposition to President George W. Bush’s “regime change” war on Iraq.

In my travels since my resignation, I didn’t agree with many of the policies of the governments in power in those countries. But I wanted to see the effects of U.S. government policies and, in particular, the effects of attempts at “regime change.”

I wanted to talk with citizens and government officials about the effects of U.S. sanctions and whether the sanctions “worked” to lessen their support for the government that the U.S. was attempting to change or overthrow.

For making those trips, I have been criticized strongly. I have been called an apologist for the governments in power. Critics have said that my trips have given legitimacy to the abuses by those governments. And I have been called a traitor to the United States to dare question or challenge its policy of “regime change.”

But I am not an apologist, nor am I a traitor … nor is Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard for her recent trip to Syria.

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Ann Wright served 29 years in the US Army/Army Reserves and retired as a colonel. She also was a U.S. diplomat for 16 years and served in U.S. Embassies in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia. She resigned in March 2003 in opposition to the war in Iraq. She has lived in Honolulu since 2003.

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Boomberg's picture

Tulsi is one politician I can get behind.

FriendlyAquaponics's picture

That's my congresswoman, and I'm damn proud of her!

Grow more food.

BabaLooey's picture


Heard she took major heat out there for her M.E. trip and backsass to the Demos.............

She solid in her district nevertheless?

Gabbard needs more of a national voice IMO

besnook's picture

she is rock solid as the house rep.

bamawatson's picture

i remember fresh congressperson lindsay graham's refreshing corageous statements early in his career as clinton's impeachment loomed

just sayin

greenskeeper carl's picture

HA. Good point. I agree with her points made here, but her ideas of what a government should do are still diametrically opposed to mine. So while I commend her efforts with regard to not giving guns to terrorists(why the fuck is that even something that requires debate??), I'll refrain from jumping on the "she said something I like, so I love her" bandwagon.

philipat's picture

Trump surely could find a place for her in his Administration. She's a figter for justice and liberty that's clear and she deserves a greater voice in national politics. I truly admire her courage and honesty; almost unheard of in US politicians, the vast majority of whom are only concerned with feathering their own nest, usually at the expense of we the people who elected them to represent us?

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xythras (not verified) philipat Feb 20, 2017 5:36 AM

Those pushing "Regime Change" and decrepit Bush NWO agenda are still in Congress. We need to retire them ASAP.

Why IS NOT a Good Idea to have John Bolton to Replace Flynn


philipat's picture

John Bolton? Surely Trump wopuldn't be so stupid as to let the neocons back into the inner sanctum? If he were to do that it's all over IMHO..

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

Regime change? How about more like "nation harvesting". Here is Catherine Austin Fitts talking about the "piggies" waging war against Trump. Frighteningly dead-on assessment. The lady knows her stuff.

ne-tiger's picture

She is a true American hero willing to tell the truth against military complex establishment. 

Comparing to her, mccain graham etc have peanut size brain and should go die long ago. 

Jubal Early's picture

"She is a true American hero willing to tell the truth against military complex establishment. "

Bullshit.  First of all she is a democrat, which in itself is proof that she either has no clue or no heart.

Second of all, if she were that big a hero she would be make a clear statement about all this Putin=Hitler, Trump=Hittler, Russia wants to invade estonia bullshit.

Third of all, she would come out and make a clear statement about Pizzagate.

But in reality she is far to busy feathering her Democrat political nest.

nwei7's picture

She's one of the top sponsors of bipartisan legislation in the House. Read

Tulsi Gabbard: The Democratic Congresswoman Who Trump Fans Can Love


Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

Holy crap, ne-tig. Ask me how tired I am of people being called a "hero" who are merely a patriot.

She served her country's armed services honorably. That doesn't make her a hero.

She serves in Congress. That doesn't make her a hero.

She's a dem. That doesn't make her a hero.

She's a woman. That doesn't make her a hero.

She opposes Islam. That doesn't make her a hero.

She went to Syria and met Assad. That doesn't make her a hero.

She's married and heterosexual. That doesn't make her a hero.

She's invariably a very nice person. That doesn't make her a hero.

Where's the "hero" you see?

nwei7's picture

She's a decorated combat vet who is not afraid to take on establishment and spoke very strongly against Hillary in the primaries. = HERO

nwei7's picture

She's opposed to Islamists, not Islam and is the only sitting Democrat to express that we need to identify Islamic extremism in order to defeat it.


As I recall she was one of the first people meeting with Trump after the election offering her help and promoting her bill to stop arming terrorists. And, of course, she took a lot of heat for it. But I think back in November the Demos were in election shock and there was not much coverage. I havn't found anything about her that I don't like.

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

She is stating what it is safe to state.

Just like Obama was very cautious in what he voted for as senator of IL and why he voted "present" over 300 times.

This is all part of laying the groundwork for a presidential run.

She is a Progressive.

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Chris Dakota (not verified) BabaLooey Feb 19, 2017 9:45 PM

We attack Muslim countries so Israel can expand its control in the ME and then Jew Soros ships the refugges to white countries as WMD's.

TradingTroll's picture

Soros profits from volatility ( his successful short of the Pound) and he likes to profit from misery such as when he sold out his Jew friends to the Nazis.

If you watch interviews of Soros he says this refugee concept is a business venture. He can make profits from selling services to refugees he says . Last year California spent about $25bn on refugees.

My bet is that providing services is a ruse. Instead there is much money to be made shorting countries after they have been destabilized.

Yes, this is treason wrapped in a socialist package and delivered by elected officials and three letter agencies.

cheka's picture

she aint no cynthia mckinney...but has potential

Zorba's idea's picture

IT IS CALLED THE MISERY TRADE...see wikileaks on Clinton Foundation's activity in Haiti. Now thats deplorable

Volkodav's picture

To the "Nazis" is his story...

another lie for evil Germans get blame

Firstly, Germans never called themselve that

Soros stealings ended in possession his enablers

same that above him today you never see

He is same role...frontman


FriendlyAquaponics's picture

Pretty much so, though no doubt she's taking heat for making waves, from both above and below.

She's out on the skinny branches, and we will just have to wait and see how long she's willing to hang in that exposed position.

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

She is the female Obama and you guys, thinking with the wrong heads, are falling for it.

She has been grooming herself for a presidential run for several years.

Her military service was to enhance her resume for that run.

Her trip to Syria was to give her experience in foreign policy.




Jubal Early's picture

Bravo!  War hero my ass, she's just like Hillary Clinton "landing in Bosnia under heavy machine gun fire".  And how multiculti to boot, just the right amount of "color", perfect to reproduce her home countries caste system in the US.  I am really confident that she is going to pry the hands of the anti-white racists off of our throats /sarc.

nwei7's picture

She's Caucasian/Polynesian mix, not Indian and her home country is the US

nwei7's picture

She joined the National Guard way back in 2003 at he age of 22 and has visited multiple countries and been serving on the foreign affairs committee since she joined Congress in 2013

Illegal's picture

She is a puppet who is controled by the puppet master. Her military trappings are part of the PR effort a la John Kerry. She has been living off the government and has no real world experience. She is the poster girl for the new left.

beemasters's picture

"She is a puppet who is controlled by the puppet master."

Can you cite some examples of situations which lead you to believe that?

Illegal's picture

She supports and is involved with India's BJP party.
Her trip to Syria included Dennis Kucinch who probably secured the trips funding.

keep the bastards honest's picture

privately funded trip.. whatever that means.

Jubal Early's picture

Amazing how many ZH readers fall for the narrative hook, line and sinker.  Isn't it?  But I see a similar tendency in Trump supporters here.  Personally, I think that there is a lot more than propaganda messing with peoples minds.  How about Starbucks coffee?  Or facebook+Coca Cola.  I don't know what it is, but so many people seem to have lost any form of common sense.  Its like the movie "they're here".

nwei7's picture

She's engaged with India's elected leaders (BJP is the ruling party in India) to improve US-India relationships as is part of her job on the House Foreign Affairs - Asia and the Pacific subcommitee. She's Caucasian/Polynesian, not Indian, as many people assume. She personally paid the expenses for her trip to Syria

ne-tiger's picture

brainless trash needs no proof what so ever.

nwei7's picture

She joined the National Guard way back in 2003 and is also a small business owner

sonoftx's picture

Holy Shit, I do believe this is Christ herself!

Maybe, this is Christ. But, maybe this is the next candidate that does and says the things before elected and then flushes once elected. I don't know she seems in the vein of "To good to be true". I really hope I am wrong. I hope that she is a good hearted, common sense, Hawaiian. Fool me once.....

T-NUTZ's picture

Tulsi need to bail on the Dems.  She's so much better than that.

BabaLooey's picture

Tulsi Gabbard is being noticed because she....................


Kinda like that guy from NYC...that real estate tycoon and former TV show mogul...........

................BECAUSE HE'S NOT REALLY A REPUBLICAN............

Gabbard needs to stay her course. Post Hawaii public service, she has a national role brewing.

"We need representatives to sift through what the U.S. government says and what the media reports to find out for themselves the truth, the shades of truth and the untruths.

We need representatives willing to take the heat from both their fellow members of Congress and from the media pundits who will not go to those areas and talk with those directly affected by U.S. actions. We need representatives who will be our eyes and ears to go to places where most citizens cannot go."

That's Gabbard in a nutshell. We need hundreds more like her in office.

Bob Beachcomber's picture

She is less than half the age of the other Dem women too.  Quite different.

keep the bastards honest's picture

In Hawai to get elected have to be Democrat. 

FriendlyAquaponics's picture

There is zero possibility in our district that she would be elected as anything but a Democrat.

besnook's picture

remember linda lingle got elected so it is not impossible.

Jimmy Jimmereeno's picture

An excellent observation.  Let's hope that she isn't maintaining democratic membership because she cannot transcend potential personal gender- or race-related biases.

Boomberg's picture

Mainstream Democrats hate her; wasn't even considered for DNC chair. Her and Bernie need to tell the Democratic Party to fuck off and then split it with a new one.