Democrat Tulsi Gabbard Misplays Neocon Card After Trump Meeting

One of the more outside the box meetings President-Elect Donald Trump had yesterday was with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). A critic of the Obama administrations handling of Middle East conflicts, the Washington Post reports:

Trump’s meetings on Monday included Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), who was the first Hindu member of Congress and who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), a socialist, in the Democratic primaries. On foreign policy, Gabbard, a combat veteran who served in Iraq, has been critical of the Obama administration’s handling of the war in Syria.

After the meeting with Trump, she issued a statement saying that her “frank and positive conversation” with the president-elect had centered on “our current policies regarding Syria, our fight against terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS, as well as other foreign policy challenges we face.”

“I felt it important to take the opportunity to meet with the President-elect now before the drumbeats of war that neocons have been beating drag us into an escalation of the war to overthrow the Syrian government,” she added.

Gabbard spokeswoman Emily Latimer said the congresswoman “did not meet with President-elect Trump seeking a job, nor did he offer her one.”

Gabbard’s gratuitous slap at neocons was for the Democrat party faithful, but one which is disingenuous unless that is she wants to label Barack Obama a neocon. Gabbard said this on CNN a year ago:

Washington (CNN)A House Democrat is calling for the U.S. to let Syrian President Bashar Assad stay in power — a position in stark contrast with President Barack Obama, much of her party and the GOP.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, told CNN on Friday that it’s time for the U.S. to stop its “illegal, counter-productive war to overthrow the Syrian government of Assad.”

Speaking with CNN’s Chris Cuomo in Paris — where Gabbard said she was visiting a memorial to the victims of the terror attacks there with flowers from her home state — the second-term congresswoman said removing Assad would help terrorists.
“I don’t think Assad should be removed,” Gabbard said. “If Assad is removed and overthrown, ISIS, al Qaeda, Al Nustra, these Islamic extremist groups will walk straight in and take over all of Syria … they will be even stronger.”
As Obama has allowed Vladimir Putin a free hand in Syria to prop-up Assad, the later’s removal is a non-starter now. And Gabbard’s point has merit as the vacuum Obama created in Iraq allowed for the rise of ISIS in the first place, but her play of the neocon card is intended as a partisan slap at republicans.
Gabbard knew what she was saying, and also probably knows that there are few – if any- experts out there wanting to remove Assad with force, especially as it would assure a military conflict with Putin. Her parting shot clearly followed the Democrat playbook with her after-a- meeting-with-Trump comments. Perhaps she just wants to make sure she stays in Nancy Pelosi’s good graces as committee assignments are coming up.

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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