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  • Tulsi Gabbard has altered the political landscape

    By calling out Democrats, Tulsi Gabbard has altered the political landscape

    by Mark H. Gaffney


    Last week, Tulsi Gabbard accomplished something new and important in US politics. Not only was she the most Googled candidate, as in the earlier debates. According to a poll by the Drudge Report, Tulsi also won the debate by a wide margin; and she did it by telling the truth about the Syrian War. In addition, Tulsi put the other Democratic candidates on notice. The rest have been tepid, at best, on the war issue. Their indignant statements about Trump’s so called betrayal of the Kurds shows that every one of them supports the US policy of foreign intervention in effect since September 11, 2001.

    Tulsi set herself apart from the rest on this vital issue. She is calling out the Democratic Party for supporting the horrible regime change war against Syria, and for employing Al Qaeda to do it. She is correct. The only time the Democrats supported Trump was when he bombed Syria. And now, they cynically indict him for pulling back US forces from the north, thereby allowing the Turks to invade and attack our Kurdish allies.

    But US support for the Kurds was never a noble endeavor, it was always a matter of expedience. Obama's alliance with the Kurds served the US objective of regime change in Syria. The Kurds also helped to occupy the oil fields east of the Euphrates River. The fight against ISIS was merely a pretext for our military presence in NE Syria. At critical moments, US ambivalence toward ISIS exposed the actual Janus-faced American purpose. For example, after leveling the Arab city of Raqqa, the US could easily have finished off the ISIS force there, but instead allowed the remnants to escape to the south, obviously in the expectation and hope the terrorists would engage the Syrian army. The failed US policy was: the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

    The US presence in Syria was ALWAYS illegal. The US was not invited in. We had no UN mandate, and virtually no international support, apart from Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf sheikdoms. We sent our terrorist minions (so called freedom fighters) into Syria to overthrow Assad, and to deny the Syrians access to their own oil. This was the foreign policy of an imperial rogue state — not that of a free people who respect international law and the territorial integrity of nations.

    The US, by its repeated aggressions, has shown it respects neither.

    Let us be clear. There was never going to be a Kurdish state. All of the nations in the region, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey are united in opposing the creation of a Kurdish rump state anywhere in the Mideast. It is the tragedy of the Kurdish people to be scattered across all of these four nations — and to remain stateless. The Turks invaded because they view an autonomous Kurdish entity on their southern border as a security threat.

    Like it or not, Trump’s pull back had a positive result. The Kurds awakened to their stupid mistake of believing US lies. It was naive of them ever to think the US would sponsor a Kurdish mini-state. The good news is, the Kurds have done what Russia long recommended. They have cut a deal with Assad and rejoined Syria. This was always their best option; and is the most hopeful turn of events in the region, in many months.

    At this stage, Turkish leader Erdogan will probably call a halt to his invasion. Because, now, in addition to the Kurds, he faces the battle-hardened Syrian army supported by the Russians. And Erdogan’s worst nightmare is a war with Russia. So, I predict he will terminate his invasion and enter into some hard diplomacy with Assad and Putin. The upcoming talks will determine the peace and the future of the region. The US will not be a party to these talks, at least, not directly, and for good reason. After having done everything humanly possible, since 2011, to destabilize and dismember Syria, the US does not deserve a seat at the table.

    To be sure, the Syrian war is not over. US-backed terrorists still occupy Idlib province, their last stronghold.

    Given the importance of what Tulsi accomplished, i.e., winning a national debate by talking truth to power, it is no wonder the pro-war corporate media have escalated the attacks upon her. Last spring, before Tulsi was a factor, CNN dismissed her as “that goofy surfer from Hawaii…” Now that her clear words have stung the Democratic Party (which should be called the War Party), the media has smeared Tulsi as a “Russian asset.” No surprise that Hillary, herself a war criminal, has also chimed in with the same insult.

    Despite the predictable demagoguery, there has been a noticeable shift. Thanks to Tulsi Gabbard, we are on unfamiliar ground. I have been observing US politics since the 1960s, and I do not recall anything comparable to the present political moment. For the first time since the nomination of the anti-war candidate George McGovern in 1972, we have a peace candidate who handily wins debates. But this time, we have a candidate who is also smarter and more articulate than McGovern ever was: a woman who could easily defeat Trump in 2020, or whoever the Republicans choose to run.

    But here is the question: Are the Democrats awake to their good fortune? Will they embrace this amazing opportunity, or choose to replicate their failure in 2016? Is there enough integrity and intelligence in the Party to recognize that Tulsi has tapped the source of past Democratic strength, i.e., the grass roots? Whether the Party of Wall Street likes it or not, the people of this country, Republican, Democrat, and Independent alike, want a decisive end to the US war policy. And the only way to accomplish that is to support the first candidate in living memory who can and most assuredly will deliver.


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    I’ve never seen a worse take on anything. Cite to me anywhere reputable that she won the debate by a wide margin other than in that Swiss cheesy fantasy brain of yours.

    You May have been an observer of politics since the 1960s but you’ve proven here for a decade that you’re a really ****ty “understander” and don’t have a clue as to what’s going on other than to fellate Putin at every opportunity.

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    • #3
      Drudge is a reputable source. Their poll is as good as any.

      As I've pointed out numerous times,. the Russia haters need to explain how we are going to reverse climate change WITHOUT Russia's cooperation. They have no answer. They prefer human extinction to peacefully coexisting with other nations.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by mhgaffney View Post
        Drudge is a reputable source. Their poll is as good as any.

        As I've pointed out numerous times,. the Russia haters need to explain how we are going to reverse climate change WITHOUT Russia's cooperation. They have no answer. They prefer human extinction to peacefully coexisting with other nations.
        Drudge has never been a reputable source.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mhgaffney View Post
          Drudge is a reputable source. Their poll is as good as any.

          As I've pointed out numerous times,. the Russia haters need to explain how we are going to reverse climate change WITHOUT Russia's cooperation. They have no answer. They prefer human extinction to peacefully coexisting with other nations.
          Drudge may be the only one saying she won. I notice you avoided any source that said she didn’t.

          Also Komrade Gaffo you realize you are saying put another Putin puppet in the WH just so we can get Russian cooperation. You are such a brain addled dunce. You just Mulvanied yourself with that statement.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ghwk View Post

            Drudge may be the only one saying she won. I notice you avoided any source that said she didn’t.

            Also Komrade Gaffo you realize you are saying put another Putin puppet in the WH just so we can get Russian cooperation. You are such a brain addled dunce. You just Mulvanied yourself with that statement.
            Another puppet? So, you think Trump is a Russian stooge? Neither is correct. You watch too much US television. Get rid of your boob tube and start reading and studying. It's your only chance to better understand the world you live in.

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              • #8
                der gaffo calls himself a "peace activist" but what is he really? Apologist for dictators and scum.

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                • #9
                  He’s for whatever aligns with Putin

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TonyR View Post
                    You can't be serious?! Are you so stupid as to believe that nonsense? Hillary never served a day in a military uniform, and Tulsi has reported on call whenever needed by her reserve unit for 16 years. Deployed twice to Iraq. And she's a Russian asset?

                    No, Hillary, CNN, the New York Times, Wash Post, etc etc are the problem. Do they speak for the people of this country? No, they represent the .001% and they do not give a hoot about you or I. How come you don't know this?

                    Answer: because you are just another dumbed down news junkie.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mhgaffney View Post

                      Another puppet? So, you think Trump is a Russian stooge? Neither is correct. You watch too much US television. Get rid of your boob tube and start reading and studying. It's your only chance to better understand the world you live in.
                      What are your sources, Gaffney?? Troofer websites, Anti-American conspiracy crap and Russian state propaganda like RT. Nothing else agrees with your tin-foil thinking.

                      Your so afraid to leave your dusty, little Oregon shack that you've traveled outside the country but once: to visit an ashram. But nowhere else. Why is that?

                      You're afraid of everything and have a tenuous grasp of reality, you might want to get a brain scan.

                      'Understand the world you live in'? Irony gold!

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                      • #12
                        Brit, the most important issue before us is war vs peace. Is that too simple for you? Get a clue.

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                        • #13
                          I wouldn’t dispute that that is an issue but crawling up Putin’s ass and being anti Jew isn’t the salvation. You are totally bat **** conspiracy theoried psycho. The only reason you aren’t still in the psycho ward is because you’re not a threat to anyone because the entire world has already kicked your ass. Which even I will admit is kinda sad.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mhgaffney View Post
                            Brit, the most important issue before us is war vs peace. Is that too simple for you? Get a clue.
                            Right. So we desert our allies and leave them to the mercy of Turkey, Assad and Putin. Good luck convincing anyone to trust the US in the future.

                            The irony is, despite Trump's cowardice, pro Putin leg humping and lies about NATO, it was our NATO allies who, for the first time, invoked article 5 and came to the aid of the US after 911. Trump was too busy watching the thousands of Muslims dancing in the streets and rescuing survivors in the rubble to comprehend the significance.

                            Be a trusted ally, not a sniveling toady like Trump. His weakness, weakens us all.

                            So save your Putin=peace nonsense and get out in the world you claim to know so well, yet are too afraid to see 1st hand.

                            Go to the Ukraine and tell them how Russia is their friend and their country really belong to Putin, the agent of peace.

                            Should be the last we hear from you. So do it!

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                            • #15
                              der gaffo doing his best to suck up to dictators and scum.

                              Poor little fella.

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