Memo to Trump: Trade Bolton for Tulsi

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By Patrick Buchanan

“For too long our leaders have failed us, taking us into one regime change war after the next, leading us into a new Cold War and arms race, costing us trillions of our hard-earned tax payer dollars and countless lives. This insanity must end.”

Donald Trump, circa 2016?

Nope. That denunciation of John Bolton interventionism came from Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii during Wednesday night’s Democratic debate. At 38, she was the youngest candidate on stage.

Gabbard proceeded to rip both the “president and his chickenhawk cabinet (who) have led us to the brink of war with Iran.”

In a fiery exchange, Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio countered that America cannot disengage from Afghanistan: “When we weren’t in there they started flying planes into our buildings.”

“The Taliban didn’t attack us on 9/11,” Gabbard replied, “Al-Qaida attacked us on 9/11. That’s why I and so many other people joined the military, to go after al-Qaida, not the Taliban.”

When Ryan insisted we must stay engaged, Gabbard shot back:

“Is that what you will tell the parents of those two soldiers who were just killed in Afghanistan? ‘Well, we just have to be engaged.’ As a solider, I will tell you, that answer is unacceptable. … We are no better off in Afghanistan that we were when this war began.”

By debate’s end, Gabbard was the runaway winner in both the Drudge Report and Washington Examiner polls and was far in front among all the Democratic candidates whose names were being searched on Google.

Though given less than seven minutes of speaking time in a two-hour debate, she could not have used that time more effectively. And her performance may shake up the Democratic race.

If she can rise a few points above her 1-2% in the polls, she could be assured a spot in the second round of debates.

If she is, moderators will now go to her with questions of foreign policy issues that would not have been raised without her presence, and these questions will expose the hidden divisions in the Democratic Party.

Leading Democratic candidates could be asked to declare what U.S. policy should be — not only toward Afghanistan but Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jared Kushner's "Deal of the Century," and Trump's seeming rejection of the two-state solution.

If she makes it into the second round, Gabbard could become the catalyst for the kind of globalist vs. nationalist debate that broke out between Trump and Bush Republicans in 2016, a debate that contributed to Trump's victory at the Cleveland convention and in November.

The problem Gabbard presents for Democrats is that, as was shown in the joust with Ryan, she takes positions that split her party, while her rivals prefer to talk about what unites the party, like the terribleness of Trump, free college tuition and soaking the rich.

Given more airtime, she will present problems for the GOP as well. For the foreign policy Tulsi Gabbard is calling for is not far off from the foreign policy Donald Trump promised in 2016 but has since failed to deliver.

We still have 2,000 troops in Syria, 5,000 in Iraq, 14,000 in Afghanistan. We just moved an aircraft carrier task force, B-52s and 1,000 troops to the Persian Gulf to confront Iran. We are about to impose sanctions on the Iranian foreign minister with whom we would need to negotiate to avoid a war.

Jared Kushner is talking up a U.S.-led consortium to raise $50 billion for the Palestinians in return for their forfeiture of sovereignty and an end to their dream of a nation-state on the West Bank and Gaza with Jerusalem as its capital.

John Bolton is talking of regime change in Caracas and confronting the "troika of tyranny" in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Rather than engaging Russia as Trump promised, we have been sanctioning Russia, arming Ukraine, sending warships into the Black Sea, beefing up NATO in the Baltic and trashing arms control treaties Ronald Reagan and other presidents negotiated in the Cold War

U.S. policy has managed to push our great adversaries, Russia and China, together as they have not been since the first Stalin-Mao decade of the Cold War.

This June, Vladimir Putin traveled to Beijing where he and Xi Jinping met in the Great Hall of the People to warn that in this time of "growing global instability and uncertainty," Russia and China will "deepen their consultations on strategic stability issues."

Xi presented Putin with China's new Friendship Medal. Putin responded: "Cooperation with China is one of Russia's top priorities and it has reached an unprecedented level."

At the end of the Cold War, we were the lone superpower. Who forfeited our preeminence? Who bled us of 7,000 U.S. lives and $6 trillion in endless Middle East wars? Who got us into this Cold War II?

Was all this the doing of those damnable isolationists again?

10 thoughts on “Memo to Trump: Trade Bolton for Tulsi”

  1. Tulsi Gabbard needs more coverage so her name ID can rise along with her poll numbers. She needs polling help to make the second round of debates, the donor requirement will come. She is unique because even though she is a liberal Democrat with ideas in line with her colleagues. She plans to pay for it in a different way, by not spending insane amounts of money overseas and keeping it domestic. I would love for us to not spend $5 billion dollars overseas repairing things, when we could spend that $5 billion dollars over here fixing our infrastructure.

    1. -Not a reply to you, John, but to “Inside Scoop,” which doesn’t appear to have a place for more comments.-

      Oh, fine! That’s all we need, is a Liberal Democrat in tghe Administration, messing things up. “The President and his chickenhawk cabinet?” Really? What do you propose next? Cortez for Secretary of State?

  2. What do you suggest , that Iran control the Straits of Hormuz ? We control our own destiny now that we are energy self-sufficient but it does not mean we should allow Iran to intimidate our allies or the rest of the world by not allowing shipping to progress through the Straits Of Hormuz . No one is suggesting the US get into a war with Iran !

    1. That statement made some sense when the USA was not energy independent and we had to rely on the middle east but not anymore. With the shale oil in the USA we could easily be the number one energy producer in the world and able to export oil and natural gas worldwide.

  3. If Tulsi Gabbard wants to become relevant then she should switch parties. As of now, she is a “non-entity” in her party. Remember, both Clinton and Obama fooled the public into believing that they were “Moderates”. Do not fall for this “Broad’s” shtick.

  4. I watched the DemWit debates and Tulsi Gabbard was a standout who didn’t really qualify for the moniker I’ve bestowed on the rest of the Candidates. No screaming, no racist crap, no ranting and raving, nothing but intelligent, rational thought on display. I’m a Republican and a Trump supporter, but Ms. Gabbard was a refreshing change from the insanity the others on stage presented to the world.

  5. Buchanan’s foreign policy recommendations won’t serve us well in this dangerous world. Gabbard’s distinction between al-Qaida and the Taliban is artificial. The Taliban invented al-Qaida, a few years after our good friends the Pakistanis invented the Taliban. Those outfits, like ISIS, are all Sunni. But on the Shiite side we’ve got Iran, Assad, and Hezbollah. There aren’t any good guys over there, and our best course is to bash them all from time to time, while encouraging them to slaughter each other.

  6. Have we forgotten about Ms Gabbard’s meeting with the Syrian terrorist regime?
    She was vetted to be their spokesperson, agent or whatever to convince America we shouldn’t be trying to stop the Taliban and their causing millions of Syrian citizens to be killed or flee their homeland.
    I would rather stick with our President and his choices for our countries future diplomatic agenda.
    So far, so good.
    I’ll stick with that old War Warll mantra or motto….GO FOR BROKE!!!!!!!
    Bowing, apologizing, sending our money and resources to those countries sure didn’t work with the last batch of Politicians and President.

  7. Are you out of your mind? Nonsensical and irresponsible idea. Bolton vs the unknown? What makes you believe that POTUS will consider listening to your stupidity. You are welcome to hire her. Keep your advise to yourself.

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