Within a day of announcing that the US is prepared to launch pre-emptive measures against Iran, American forces carried out a targeted strike, assassinating a lead Iranian general in Iraq. The Defense Department alleged that General Soleimani “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”
Moments before the news of the death of Qasem Soleiman broke @TulsiGabbard talked about increased tension in Iran. She said we are “being pushed closer and closer to the brink of a war with Iran. That would be far more devastating than a war in Iraq.” pic.twitter.com/7HtPha1J5Y
— Beatrice-Elizabeth Peterson (@MissBeaE) January 3, 2020
James Scaminaci III recently commented on Twitter that, “Nobody, save Naomi Allen, takes Gabbard seriously.” I assume he means nobody in academia, and he couldn’t be more wrong. Some of the most respected academic voices in US foreign policy are taking Tulsi Gabbard seriously. People like, Robert Kennedy Jr. (Professor Emeritus at Pace University).
Highlight: “We have very strong relationships with most of the candidates,” says Robert Kennedy Jr. “I love Tulsi Gabbard when she talks about our foreign policy… I’m most closely aligned with her vision for foreign policy.” More: pic.twitter.com/QDJIs1pEEZ
— Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) January 16, 2020
David Bromwich (Sterling Professor of English at Yale University) has a history of defending Tulsi against the biased media, and recently praised Tulsi for criticizing US hegemony. He also described her in his latest book, American Breakdown: The Trump Years and How They Befell Us, as the only person on Capital Hill who genuinely wants to (and could) end the dirty wars.
She is also taken seriously enough to serve on the Council of Advisors for the Center for the Study of Statesmanship at Catholic University of America, alongside Andrew Bacevich (Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University), who recently commented that Tulsi holds important and legitimate views on US foreign policy.
Professor Bacevich is right about something else: Tulsi Gabbard has become a bit radioactive, and speaking well of her is the quickest way to get yourself blacklisted in political circles. He would know about such things. And so would Professor Bromwich. As critics of US foreign policy, they’re both a bit radioactive themselves.
With Kennedy, Bromwich, and Bacevich… I think I’m in good company.
President Trump’s Secretary of Defense threatens pre-emptive measures, to force Iran to “behave like a normal country”.
In an interview with Fox News this morning, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that our current goal in the Middle East is to deter Iranian bad behavior, and to get them to “behave like a normal country”. He expanded, saying that this means:
- Ending their nuclear program.
- Ending their long range ballistic missile program.
- The stopping of hostage taking.
- Ending their malign behavior, which includes: Inspiring terrorist groups, resourcing and directing them, all the way from Africa, across the middle east, and into Afghanistan.
Esper added that options for fulfilling this mission would include pre-emptive measures.
The announcement comes two days after Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard warned (via Twitter) that President Trump’s foreign policy is taking us deeper into “mid-east quagmire”.
“The problems created by Trump’s impulsive, erratic military action/foreign policy are again on display, this time in Iraq. Trump’s military strike against Iranian militia was impulsive, short-sighted, and lacked strategic purpose. It has led to our embassy being besieged and undermined our relationship with the Iraqi government and people. Serving the interests of Saudi Arabia and Jihadists like AQ, Trump is taking us deeper and deeper into mid-east quagmire. As president, I will end our servitude to Saudi/AQ and will provide the experience & sober, thoughtful, strategic leadership to the job of commander-in-chief that our country so badly needs.” — Tulsi Gabbard
Tulsi has long criticized President Trump for behaving like “Saudi Arabia’s bitch”, and a recent PBS investigation revealed that Trump and Mohammed bin Salman struck a deal in early 2017, for the US to help Saudi Arabia defeat Iran.