Tulsi Gabbard is no libertarian; I get that. But Gabbard is the only Democratic Presidential candidate who is talking about shrinking the footprint of the American military in the world and that is worthy of discussion. Gabbard escalated her feud with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, saying in a one-minute YouTube video,
“Hillary Clinton, Your foreign policy was a disaster for our country and the world. It’s time for you to acknowledge the damage you have caused and step down from your throne”.
It’s like watching the Trump-McCain war all over again. Clinton, like McCain did, champions the rhetoric of failed foreign coups with trite slogans; “We came, we saw, he died“. Americans have been consistently voting for the “shrinking footprint candidate” in the last three Presidential elections. Voters have rejected the neoconservative thought of perpetual war and serial regime change goals.
President Trump is delivering on the promise of restraint rather than war. He reached out to North Korea, in an effort to de-nuclearize the Korean Peninsula, he declined to strike on Iran, and he is withdrawing American military personnel from theaters abroad. For that, both he and Gabbard have been accused of being “Russian assets”.
Questioning the efficacy of America’s 21st Century foreign policy was first championed by Congressman Ron Paul in the 2008 and 2012 Presidential elections. He was called “a modern day Neville Chamberlain”, a Russian asset, and his policy advice was described as “America hating”. What though, is more American than saying that Middle Eastern Muslims should fight their holy wars instead of American soldiers? What though, is more American than saying that Europeans should pick up arms and defend Europe instead of American soldiers? What though, is more American than saying that Koreans should put aside their differences, destroy their nuclear weapons, and end the 70-year policing which American soldiers are doing?
Tulsi Gabbard is asking those questions. So is President Trump. The rest of the field is caught up in the McCain-Clinton decades of failed foreign policy.
Tulsi Gabbard has virtually no chance of becoming President in 2020. There is only one choice for peace and prosperity– re-elect President Trump.