June 17th, 2014
11:36 AM ET

Rep. Gabbard Opposes Airstrikes in Iraq

As the crisis in Iraq continues to escalate, there are big questions about whether the U.S. should intervene.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, (D) Hawaii, is an Iraq war veteran who currently opposes U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

"The Iraqi people have to own their future, form a unity government, and stop the violence," Rep. Gabbard said on "New Day" Tuesday.

The lawmaker also said watching the Iraq military cave to ISIS hurts because "a lot of my friends didn't come home."



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  1. Sri

    While I very much agree with the above writers, I wish to also point out that the Iraq debacle has costed America dearly and was a key reason for the massive losses of assets built up over decades and generations. The end game ..? Still back to square-one. ; How much oil benefits did the US get in comparison to the sheer loss of monetary assets and jobs & economy....?.. this needs to be studied by the decision makers as well; I do recall a photo of then President Bush landing on a carrier with a caption- the "War is Over".... a few days after initial air-strikes etc... Let us hope that wise counsel prevails.

    June 24, 2014 at 9:00 am | Reply
  2. Administrator

    I trust Vets like Tulsi Gabbard to see clearly and tell the truth. Let the NeoCons who want to lie us into Iraq AGAIN – let THEM go fight. But no, they send our kids off to fight....not THEIR kids. OUR kids. All those beating the drums of war should go enlist and LEAD if they're so hot to go back into Iraq. But they won't. They are cowards who let other people do their fighting for them.

    June 17, 2014 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  3. Nancy Meyers

    I couldn't agree with Rep. Gabbard more; we need to stop this insanity of trying to make the Middle East into a bunch of western countries. They have their own culture and religion and you can't artificially impose a western style democracy on them. If they insist on killing each other, let them. This whole problem was caused by Maliki and his regime oppressing the Sunnis. To take sides now we simply reinforce his abusive power and embroil us in a conflict that has no foreseeable end.

    June 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Reply

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