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 combat veterans in Congress, Tulsi is committed to ending the cycle of counterproductive, regime-change wars that have cost our nation so much.
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.
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Today on Oʻahu, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) toured Marine Corps Base Hawaiʻi‘s (MCBH) sustainability initiatives and received an update on the base’s renewable energy projects, including its rooftop solar production, ongoing wave power research, and other renewable energy projects that contribute to Hawaiʻi’s 100% clean energy goal. Later in the morning, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard received a classified brief from USPACOM Commander Admiral Harry Harris to discuss the ongoing threat of North Korea and measures to ensure Hawaiʻi and the United States are protected.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai‘i), and senior staff members for U.S. Representatives Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawai‘i) and Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawai‘i) were briefed by federal and state agencies on the false emergency alert that went out across the state on January 13. The delegation was able to question state and federal officials about last weekend’s incident and discuss how to prevent another false alarm from happening again.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the wake of Saturday’s false ballistic missile alarm, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard requested a formal Congressional investigation into the policies, practices and procedures governing the issuance of a ballistic missile alert.
Washington, DC—In an interview today on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) called on the State of Hawai‘i to immediately address the failures that led to the false missile alert and correct them.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is calling for diplomatic solutions with North Korea just as Hawaii returned to sounding a monthly nuclear attack warning siren because of the growing threat from that country.
Of course, we agree diplomatic solutions should be sought. No one wants to see nuclear war. Gabbard is correct in pointing out that this ill will between the U.S. and North Korea isn’t something that just started in the past year or since Donald Trump became our president.