Protecting Our National Security Interests & Defense

As a soldier and a veteran, Tulsi has seen the true cost of war firsthand. She is acutely aware of the tremendous toll that over 15 years of ongoing conflict have had on our service members, veterans, military families and our country’s resources. One of the main reasons Tulsi sought election to Congress was to stop our country's leaders from sending our young men and women into harm's way unless absolutely necessary.  As a member of the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, co-chair of the bipartisan Post 9/11 Veterans Caucus and one of the first female combat veterans in Congress, Tulsi is committed to ending the cycle of counterproductive, regime-change wars that have cost our nation so much. 

“One of the main reasons I sought election to Congress was to stop our country's leaders from sending our young men and women into harm's way unless absolutely necessary.” -Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Ending Counterproductive, Regime-Change Wars
In Iraq, Libya and now in Syria, the U.S. has continued to get bogged down in fighting regime change wars that have caused untold suffering and instability in the Middle East.  At the same time, our leaders have neglected our primary mission of defeating those who attacked us on 9/11 and who continue to threaten and wage war against us today. 

Today in Syria, the U.S. is waging two contradictory wars:  The first is the war to defeat ISIS—a war we must take seriously and must win. The second is the counterproductive war to overthrow the Syrian government of Assad—an illegal war that Congress has not authorized and which we must end.

In 2011, the United States began a covert military campaign to overthrow the Syrian government of Assad in an alliance with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and some of the Gulf States.  As a result of that regime change war, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been killed and millions have fled their homes as refugees.  Furthermore, we have seen ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other terrorist organizations strengthened, presenting an even greater threat to the Middle East and the world.

Tulsi has introduced the  legislation to end this illegal, counterproductive war to overthrow the Syrian government of Assad, so we can end this war that’s causing so much suffering, and focus all of our military efforts and resources on defeating our enemy—ISIS and other jihadist groups. 


Addressing the North Korea Nuclear Threat
North Korea continues to pose a serious and dangerous threat to the United States and to communities and families in Hawaiʻi, who are within range of North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missiles. To deal with this threat, Tulsi is working to strengthen the capabilities of our Pacific forces, stop the downward trend in our investment in ballistic missile defense development and strengthen our missile defense capabilities in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. Tulsi passed several amendments in the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act to improve our ability to detect missile threats to Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. In addition, she cosponsored and worked to pass strong sanctions against North Korea to respond to their ongoing provocations.

 

More on Protecting Our National Security Interests & Defense

September 16, 2020 Press Release
Washington, DCRep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) joined representatives of the International Committee on Nigeria (ICON) along with former Rep. Frank Wolf (VA) and former NFL New England Patriots Tight End Benjamin Watson to raise awareness around the decades long atrocities being committed against Nigeria’s Christian community by Boko Haram and other Islamist extremist terrorist organizations. She delivered the following remarks (as prepared):
July 27, 2020 In The News
One of Hawaii’s high-profile politicians has dismissed a recent Department of Energy report concluding that a leaking U.S. nuclear waste repository in the Marshall Islands is safe for people there.
 
She called for the department to convene a more independent assessment of the waste site.
 
“I think it’s time the Department of Energy relied on someone with fresh eyes to examine the situation,” said U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, one of Hawaii’s two Democratic House members, in a recent interview with The Times.
 
July 24, 2020 Press Release
Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) announced successful efforts to secure funding for a variety of priorities which were included in the Fiscal Year 2021 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bill. In total, the bill allocates $250.9 billion to bolster support systems for military personnel, their families, and retired servicemembers.
July 22, 2020 In The News
Sanctions are a U.S. policymaker’s best friend.
 
The Treasury is currently blocking over eight thousand individuals around the world from the U.S. economy, as part of thirty-five different sanctions programs, some of them dating back decades. And there are near-total U.S. economic blockades on North Korea, Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, and Syria.
 
But the U.S. government has never had to publicly measure the success of these sanctions—whether they actually pressure hostile governments without harming civilians.
 
July 21, 2020 Press Release
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) voted against the annual national defense bill. While she successfully included several provisions of importance to Hawai‘i and the country’s security, the positive elements of the bill were outweighed by overarching concerns the Congresswoman had with the massive bill.
 

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