By Jerry Alatalo
ETERAN of the Iraq War and member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard has resigned her Vice-Chairman position on the Democratic National Committee, allowing her to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont as the party’s nominee for President of the United States.
Drawing from personal experience as a 23-year old medic in Iraq where she saw the human cost of war – which she has described as a powerful and life-changing event that in essence shattered all her preconceptions about war and peace – Representative Gabbard has concluded that Sanders, as potential commander-in-chief, possesses better judgment than Hillary Clinton.
Ms. Gabbard, the youngest member of the U.S. Congress and its sole adherent of the Hindu spiritual tradition, has become widely seen as one of the Democratic party’s “rising stars”, in particular because of her outspoken criticism of U.S./Obama administration policies in Syria and the Middle East.
Pointing to then Senator Clinton’s vote for the Iraq War (“she hasn’t apologized to my brothers and sisters”…), her central role as Secretary of State in the NATO/military attack of 2011 on Libya resulting in that nation’s descent into political and socioeconomic chaos, Clinton’s statements about establishing a no-fly zone in war-ravaged Syria risking confrontation with Russia – possibly world war, Gabbard believes if Clinton were to become elected president she (Clinton) would continue, in the view of Ms. Gabbard, a clearly unproductive “interventionist, regime-changing” model of U.S. foreign policy.
Tulsi Gabbard’s endorsement represents a major positive development for the Sanders campaign going into “Super Tuesday”, strengthening in the minds of voters what some have perceived as a weakness of Sanders: foreign policy. What difference Hawaiian Tulsi Gabbard’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders makes will become clear after all the votes are cast, and all the votes are counted.
World peace is possible.
(Thank you to Tulsi Gabbard at YouTube)