Propagandists are spreading a lie on social media about Tulsi Gabbard voting in favor of Syrian regime change war in 2013. They are doing so by misinterpreting an old blog post titled: Congress has already considered Syrian intervention this year.
The post mentions S. 960: Syria Transition Support Act of 2013, but that bill was introduced by the Senate (which Tulsi was never a member of). And while the author tells us that the bill was “approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,” it was never actually brought to the floor for a vote.
The blog post also mentions an amendment to a defense appropriations bill that Tulsi voted against. It explains that the amendment intended to remove language that meant, “President Obama’s publicly stated red lines must be enforced.” But this is not an accurate reflection of the actual text:
The President of the United States should fully consider all courses of action to reinforce his stated ‘‘redline’’ regarding the use of chemical weapons.
It doesn’t say that Obama’s red line “must be enforced”, it says that “all courses of action should be considered”. Tulsi voted to leave that phrase in the bill.
Prior to this vote, and after sitting through a slew of classified briefings, Tulsi made her objections clear.
“I am sickened and outraged by the carnage and loss of lives caused by the use of chemical weapons in Syria. It is with gravity that I have carefully considered all the facts, arguments, and evidence and soberly weighed concerns regarding our national security and moral responsibility. As a result, I have come to the conclusion that a U.S. military strike against Syria would be a serious mistake.”
Democrats praised her diplomatic approach, as she led the fight for our leaders to consider alternative courses of action. Republicans, on the other hand, preferred war.
2013: Combat Veteran, Tulsi Gabbard versus the War Party.
Thanks to her push for a peaceful solution, negotiations were held. Assad signed on with the Chemical Weapons Convention, and we were able to avoid military conflict.
Tulsi Gabbard has always fought for peace in Syria. She didn’t come home repeating Assad or Putin’s talking points. Rather, she doubled down on her convictions, and repeated views that Democrats once shared. Tulsi Gabbard has not changed, but Democrats have. People should start wondering why.
Please read my Twitter thread about peaceful alternatives in Syria… and about how to recognize a keyboard Jihadist / al-Qaeda sympathizer:
1/ How to recognize a keyboard Jihadist / Al-Q sympathizer: They will hear nothing of Assad being tried for war crimes, or efforts to establish election monitors to ensure free & fair elections in Syria. They only want us to keep arming rebels (terrorists).
— Naomi Allen 🌺 🐝 🌺 (@girlyGRRRL) August 11, 2019
Plus… we are not the World’s Police. The UN is. It is time to end our vigilantism.
Little known fact. The UN has laws against genocide, and enforcement doesn't require that the offending state have ratified the law in any way. https://t.co/VIvBXZxt3v
— Naomi Allen 🌺 🐝 🌺 (@girlyGRRRL) September 10, 2019
#ThankYouTulsiGabbard for being such a principled leader, and continuing to fight the good fight for peace. You are not alone… #Tulsicrats stand with you.