Click amount to donate direct to CounterPunch
  • $25
  • $50
  • $100
  • $500
  • $other
  • use PayPal
DOUBLE YOUR DONATION!
We don’t run corporate ads. We don’t shake our readers down for money every month or every quarter like some other sites out there. We provide our site for free to all, but the bandwidth we pay to do so doesn’t come cheap. A generous donor is matching all donations of $100 or more! So please donate now to double your punch!
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

In Defense of Tulsi Gabbard

What a breath of fresh air it is to have an elected representative in our Congress who is willing to go against the grain of official Washington in matters of war and peace. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii dared to question the sanctioned narrative justifying President Trump’s recent missile attack against the Syrian Airforce. Even while Trump was enjoying his first ever bipartisan applause, and the media was unquestioning in its “Assad gasses his own people” story, Tulsi Gabbard cautioned us to wait and find out what really happened before rushing to escalate the U.S. war on Syria.

The Congresswoman from Hawaii is not a newcomer to the issues of war and peace. Tulsi Gabbard is a Major in the Hawaiian National Guard and a veteran of the Iraq War. Unlike other Congressional representatives, Rep. Gabbard has closely studied U.S. intervention in Syria. She actually visited Syria in January, and spoke with Syrians from many walks of life. Rep. Gabbard, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also spoke with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, for which she received bipartisan rebukes upon her return to the United States.

Rep. Gabbard went on to introduce the Stop Arming Terrorists Act, which would prohibit the U.S. government from doing just that. Since the beginning of the war in Syria in 2011, the CIA has been arming terrorist groups – both supposed “moderates” and outright jihadists – who are seeking to overthrow the Syrian government. Senator Rand Paul, Republican from Kentucky, has introduced a companion bill in the U.S. Senate.

It takes a lot of integrity and a lot of courage to stand up against the raging pack that is clamoring for war. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has earned the admiration of many in the U.S. who are not in a rush to go to war, in Syria, in Yemen, in Afghanistan, in Iran or in North Korea. In U.S. politics, however, there is always a price to pay for not going along with the war drive.

Tulsi Gabbard has been targeted for political assassination, not only by Republicans but by leaders of her own Democratic Party. None other than Howard Dean, former Vermont governor and former head of the Democratic National Committee, has attacked Rep. Gabbard harshly on national television.  Dean later called on Rep. Gabbard’s Hawaii constituents to vote her out of office in the next election.

All peace-loving people should stand up for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard while she is standing up for us.  Send her a message of support at:

Phone: (202) 225-4906
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
Email: 
TulsiOffice@mail.house.gov                             1433 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC  20515

Also ask your own Representatives and Senators to support Rep. Gabbard’s bill, the Stop Arming Terrorists Act, HR 608, and in the Senate, S. 532 (introduced by Sen. Rand Paul).

Please sign the petition in support of Stop Arming Terrorists Act, HR 608 at: http://hr608.info.

More articles by:
October 18, 2018
Erik Molvar
The Ten Big Lies of Traditional Western Politics
Jeffrey St. Clair
Lockheed and Loaded: How the Maker of Junk Fighters Like the F-22 and F-35 Came to Have Full-Spectrum Dominance Over the Defense Industry
Lawrence Davidson
Israel’s “Psychological Obstacles to Peace”
Brian Platt – Brynn Roth
Black-Eyed Kids and Other Nightmares From the Suburbs
John W. Whitehead
You Want to Make America Great Again? Start by Making America Free Again
Zhivko Illeieff
Why Can’t the Democrats Reach the Millennials?
Steve Kelly
Quiet, Please! The Latest Threat to the Big Wild
Manuel García, Jr.
The Inner Dimensions of Socialist Revolution
Dave Lindorff
US ‘Outrage’ Over Slaying of US Residents Depends on the Nation Responsible
Adam Parsons
A Global People’s Bailout for the Coming Crash
Binoy Kampmark
The Tyranny of Fashion: Shredding Banksy
Dean Baker
How Big is Big? Trump, the NYT and Foreign Aid
Vern Loomis
The Boofing of America
October 17, 2018
Patrick Cockburn
When Saudi Arabia’s Credibility is Damaged, So is America’s
John Steppling
Before the Law
Frank Stricker
Wages Rising? 
James McEnteer
Larry Summers Trips Out
Muhammad Othman
What You Can Do About the Saudi Atrocities in Yemen
Binoy Kampmark
Agents of Chaos: Trump, the Federal Reserve and Andrew Jackson
David N. Smith
George Orwell’s Message in a Bottle
Karen J. Greenberg
Justice Derailed: From Gitmo to Kavanaugh
John Feffer
Why is the Radical Right Still Winning?
Dan Corjescu
Green Tsunami in Bavaria?
Rohullah Naderi
Why Afghan Girls Are Out of School?
George Ochenski
You Have to Give Respect to Get Any, Mr. Trump
Cesar Chelala
Is China Winning the War for Africa?
Mel Gurtov
Getting Away with Murder
W. T. Whitney
Colombian Lawyer Diego Martinez Needs Solidarity Now
Dean Baker
Nothing to Brag About: Scott Walker’s Economic Record in Wisconsin:
October 16, 2018
Gregory Elich
Diplomatic Deadlock: Can U.S.-North Korea Diplomacy Survive Maximum Pressure?
Rob Seimetz
Talking About Death While In Decadence
Kent Paterson
Fifty Years of Mexican October
Robert Fantina
Trump, Iran and Sanctions
Greg Macdougall
Indigenous Suicide in Canada
Kenneth Surin
On Reading the Diaries of Tony Benn, Britain’s Greatest Labour Politician
Andrew Bacevich
Unsolicited Advice for an Undeclared Presidential Candidate: a Letter to Elizabeth Warren
Thomas Knapp
Facebook Meddles in the 2018 Midterm Elections
Muhammad Othman
Khashoggi and Demetracopoulos
Gerry Brown
Lies, Damn Lies & Statistics: How the US Weaponizes Them to Accuse  China of Debt Trap Diplomacy
Christian Ingo Lenz Dunker – Peter Lehman
The Brazilian Presidential Elections and “The Rules of The Game”
Robert Fisk
What a Forgotten Shipwreck in the Irish Sea Can Tell Us About Brexit
Martin Billheimer
Here Cochise Everywhere
David Swanson
Humanitarian Bombs
Dean Baker
The Federal Reserve is Not a Church
October 15, 2018
Rob Urie
Climate Crisis is Upon Us
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail