Tulsi Gabbard: Why This Iraq War Veteran Has Created Panic In The Democratic Party

Tulsi Gabbard: Why This Iraq War Veteran Has Created Panic In The Democratic Party, by Tyler Durden.

Hawaiian Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s just announced 2020 presidential bid has unleashed fury from both the right and the left, but more so from within her own party, and especially from corners long focused on regime change in Syria and who generally lobby for a more muscular “boots on the ground” foreign policy from Ukraine to Syria to Afghanistan. …

Both neocons and liberal interventionists alike have united to slam the anti-war progressive as “Assad’s mouthpiece in Washington” and an “Assad apologist” and of course there’s the customary “Putin puppet” slur — the latter because as journalist Michael Tracey puts it, she “hasn’t been sufficiently Russiagate-crazy for Democrats”. …

Funny enough as a mixed race far-left congresswoman (of American Samoan descent), Hindu, and US Army reserve officer one would think she would be lionized by the left given her “impeccable identity-politics bona fides”. But her unforgivable sin? She’s long made it a central goal of her political career to “end America’s interventionist wars of regime change that have cost our nation trillions of dollars and thousands of lives,” for which she’s introduced Syria-related resolutions in Congress toward that end. …

Having personally experienced the ravages of one regime change war and its lasting consequences for both common Iraqis and the American people, she’s emerged as a “Ron Paul of the Left” of sorts (strictly speaking on foreign policy that is). …

In the meantime, what does the virulent hatred of Gabbard’s anti-war stance reveal? As Nassim Taleb summarized: The “left” is just as owned by weapon makers as the “right”.