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.
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
Media Advisory for March 4—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) will deliver a foreign policy speech at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. She will discuss the need for foreign policy that secures our nation, an end to counterproductive, interventionist wars, the need to end the new Cold War and nuclear arms race that threatens our security and costs trillions of American taxpayer dollars – dollars that should be invested in the needs of our people and our future.
Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today led a press conference, urging support for the INF Treaty Compliance Act (H.R. 1249) that would prevent the United States from sparking an arms race between the United States and Russia, and escalating the new Cold War.
Media Advisory for February 15—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) will hold a press conference urging support for the INF Treaty Compliance Act.
Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today voted to pass a historic resolution to end unconstitutional U.S. involvement in Saudi Arabia’s genocidal war in Yemen. This legislation, introduced and blocked three times in the past, marks the first time the U.S. House of Representatives has backed a resolution to withdraw U.S. forces from a military engagement under the War Powers Act. U.S.
Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today welcomed Syrian Kurdish leader, Ilham Ahmed, the Co-President of the Syrian Democratic Council, as her guest to the State of the Union.