+++ 25. November 2016 +++
Trump's Surprise Meeting with Anti-Interventionist Tulsi Gabbard to Discuss Syria Policy
Since the U.S. presidential elections, Donald Trump has repeatedly stressed that he will reach out to all Americans, whatever their affiliations, and keep an “open mind” on many issues, to the point of reversing positions he pointedly took during the campaign.
It was in that context that he met on Nov. 21 with Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat of Hawaii, who served two tours of combat duty in Iraq before running for Congress, to discuss Syrian policy and other foreign policy matters. Gabbard has been an outspoken opponent of the Bush-Obama permanent war, regime-change policy. She backed Bernie Sanders in the primaries, because he “understands the cost of war”, and blasted the call for a “no fly zone” in Syria, prominently pushed by Hillary Clinton. In fact, she even resigned her post at the Democratic National Committee in protest over its dictates on behalf of Clinton.
Tulsi Gabbard, a staunch supporter of re-enacting Glass-Steagall legislation, is phenomenally popular in Hawaii, where she was just re-elected with 81% of the vote.
After her meeting with President-elect Trump, she released a statement on her website, saying they had discussed, in particular, the Syria policy and the fight against terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS. “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 -- a war which has already cost hundreds of thousands of lives and forced millions of refugees to flee their homes in search of safety for themselves and their families.”
"While the rules of political expediency would say I should have refused to meet with President-elect Trump, I never have and never will play politics with American and Syrian lives....
"Where I disagree with President-elect Trump on issues, I will not hesitate to express that disagreement. However, I believe we can disagree, even strongly, but still come together on issues that matter to the American people and affect their daily lives. We cannot allow continued divisiveness to destroy our country.
Gabbard expressed to Trump “my grave concerns that escalating the war in Syria by implementing a so-called no fly/safe zone would be disastrous for the Syrian people, our country, and the world. It would lead to more death and suffering, exacerbate the refugee crisis, strengthen ISIS and al-Qaeda, and bring us into a direct conflict with Russia which could result in a nuclear war. We discussed my bill to end our country's illegal war to overthrow the Syrian government, and the need to focus our precious resources on rebuilding our own country, and on defeating al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other terrorist groups who pose a threat to the American people.”
The full statement is available on Gabbard's website.
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+++ 21. Dezember 2016 +++
Terror: Obama Issues Threats to Kill
On receiving the first reports, on Dec. 19, of the assassination of Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov in Turkey, American economist Lyndon LaRouche declared: “Put Obama on the list of suspects.”