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
This morning, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) delivered remarks at the 2016 National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) Conference in Baltimore, MD. More than 3,000 National Guardsmen from every U.S. State, three territories and the District of Columbia attended the 3-day conference, including members of the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard and the Hawaiʻi Air National Guard.
On Wednesday night, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Hawaiʻi State House Representative Andria Tupola hosted a Town Hall meeting in Nanakuli to address long-standing transportation issues that affect residents of the Waianae Coast every single day. Farrington Highway is the only way in and out of the community, and time and time again, it has been partially or completely shut down due to accidents, severe weather, flooding, fires, and other emergency conditions.
Today on Oʻahu, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard attended the remembrance ceremony honoring the late Congressman Mark Takai, who laid in state at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol. Congressman Takai is one of just a few public servants who have lain in state at the Hawaiʻi Capitol, including Governor John A Burns, U.S. Senator Spark Matsunaga, U.S. Congresswoman Patsy Mink, U.S. Senator Hiram Fong, and U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye.
Honolulu, HI—This morning, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) joined the City and County of Honolulu and a coalition of federal, state, and local officials in recognizing the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Radiological Security with the first-ever Homeland Security Award. The ceremony recognized Maegan Barlow, the Director of the Office of Radiological Services (OSR) at DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), for OSR’s work to enhance the security of high-risk radioactive materials in Hawaiʻi over the past decade.