Saturday, 28 January 2017

Commentary Magazine: Tulsi Gabbard’s Disaster in Damascus

Commentary Magazine: Tulsi Gabbard’s Disaster in Damascus

by Noah Rothman

"The simplest way to identify Russian sympathizers is to probe them on the matter of military interventionism. They may appear principled in their suspicion toward American force projection but are nowhere near as apprehensive about Russian muscle-flexing—even in the same theater of operations. That describes the foreign policy views of Hawaii Congresswoman and favorite of the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party, Tulsi Gabbard. Following an ill-conceived visit to the Syrian capital to meet with the blood-soaked dictator Bashar al-Assad this week, her craven prostration before Russia’s vassals may have gone too far. Even Gabbard’s erstwhile allies are abandoning her.

Gabbard’s support for Russian objectives in Syria has always been conspicuous. Take, for example, her December appearance on CNN to defend Donald Trump’s vision of an “America First” foreign policy. She made it clear her antipathy toward interventionism was wholesale. Not only did she oppose American combat operations in Syria and Iraq targeting ISIS but “essentially” in Afghanistan, too. Gabbard emphatically added that the United States was funding terrorism and that “every single” rebel group fighting to overthrow the government in Syria was in league with al-Qaeda. This is the Russian line, and Gabbard’s appearance received some warm praise and attention from pro-Kremlin media outlets."

It's amazing how Tulsi Gabbard combines being effortlessly cool with holding utterly obnoxious views.

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