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

April 27, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Congressman Mark Takai (HI-01), both members of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), released the statements below on the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) draft. Both members advocated and worked to ensure provisions critical to Hawaiʻi were included in the bill. The full committee is scheduled to mark up and consider amendments to the Act tomorrow, April 27, where Members will have the opportunity to further amend the bill before it comes before the full House of Representatives.

April 1, 2016 Press Release

Honolulu, HI – This morning at the East-West Center in Mānoa, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, hosted a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) briefing with national members visiting from all over the country. They discussed a variety of issues including Hawaii’s strategic importance as the crossroads of the Pacific and furthering the relationships the United States has with countries in the region.

March 22, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC—During a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the FY2017 defense budget today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) called on Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford to maintain focus on the current and emerging threats in the Asia Pacific, including the threat of North Korea, and increase commitment to missile defense for Hawaiʻi and our homeland.  

March 14, 2016 Press Release
Make no mistake, this is a War Bill—a thinly veiled attempt to use the rationale of "humanitarianism" as a justification for overthrowing the Syrian government of Assad. Similar resolutions were used in the past to legitimize the regime change wars to overthrow the governments of Iraq and Libya. I will have no part of it. I voted NO on H.Con.Res.121. I voted NO against more unnecessary, interventionist regime change wars.
March 14, 2016 Press Release
I co-sponsored and voted for H.Con.Res.75 because of my grave concern about the genocide against Christians, Alawites, Shiites, Druze, Yazidis, and other religious minorities in Syria. However, I was extremely disappointed by amendment language later added to this resolution that provides “cover” or an excuse for ISIS and other terrorist organizations committing this genocide.


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