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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard ─ Build, Don’t Bomb: A New American Foreign Policy

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard ─ Build, Don’t Bomb: A New American Foreign Policy


[MUSIC PLAYING] Congresswoman Gabbard is in
her fourth term representing the citizens of Hawaii’s
2nd congressional district and she’s done so since 2013. Representative Gabbard serves
on the House Armed Services Committee as well as the House
Financial Services Committee. Representative Gabbard is also
a major in the Army National Guard in Hawaii. In her capacity in
the armed services, she’s volunteered recently
for two overseas deployments. From 2008 to 2009,
she served in Kuwait, and in 2005, she served for a
year in the logistical support area Anaconda in Iraq. Representative
Gabbard was elected to the Hawaii State Legislature
in 2002 at the age of 21. And also, in between her two
overseas military deployments, she served as a legislative
aide to the late Hawaii Senator Daniel Akaka. Senator– Congresswoman
Gabbard, apologies, is going to speak for
about half an hour. And then afterward, she’s
going to be interviewed briefly by Stephen Kinzer. And then we’ll
open it up to Q&A. Let me just very briefly
introduce Stephen Kinzer. He’s a senior fellow here
at the Watson Institute, as you all know. He’s an award-winning
foreign correspondent who’s covered more than 50
countries on 5 continents. Steve worked for the New York
Times for 20 years, most of it as a foreign correspondent,
and has subsequently taught, since 2005,
at Northwestern, BU, and now at Brown. So now without any further
ado, let me introduce Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. [APPLAUSE] Aloha. Aloha. It’s great to see everybody. Thank you so much
for coming out today. And thank you, Ed, for
your kind introduction and for inviting me
here to join you today to talk about some
very serious issues that we face in this country and
that we face as a generation. We gather here today
during a time of crisis. This is both a crisis,
instability, and divisiveness that we experience here at home
as well as crisis, instability, and divisions abroad
in our foreign policy. But here at home,
unfortunately, we are in a place where as we
look at our everyday lives and we look at how disconnected
leaders in Washington are from the experiences
and the challenges that people in
this country face, we see how unfortunate
it is that the vision that our founders had for us and
this country, of a government that is truly of the people,
by the people, and most importantly, for
the people, is lost. The reality that we
see too often on issue after issue after
issue is that we really have a government that is of
the powerful, by the powerful, and for the powerful or of the
corporate special interests, by the special interests, and
for the special interests. And so what is the result? The result is we the
people get left behind. We the people end up suffering
as a result of these policies that are made, these laws that
are passed that serve those very few, but often have
a detrimental impact on the rest of us. And so what is at the heart
of this crisis that we face is that we are being
divided as a country. We are being torn apart by
self-serving politicians and those greedy
corporations that seek to profit on the backs
of the American people, who seek to gain or further their
own interests by dividing us, by pitting us one
against the other, whether it be based
on our political party or how we worship or
the color of our skin or where we come
from or who we love. This is a travesty and
it undermines that vision that our founders had for us. It undermines these values
that are at the heart of our country, these values
that speak to the concerns, really, that are shared by
people across this country, concerns about health care,
concerns about the fact that we have sick people in this
country who are not able to get the care they need because
they don’t have enough money in their bank account; concerns
about crumbling infrastructure that threatens our
safety and well-being; concerns about our environment,
the threat of climate change; the fact that we have so many
people in this country who are being poisoned by the
water that they drink– there are people in
Flint, Michigan who even as they were in
the headlines a little while ago, they’re no
longer in the headlines, but people in
Flint are still not able to shower in their
own homes, otherwise, they’ll be sick; concerns about
the cost of higher education and a generation of people who
will be burdened and saddled with student debt
loans; concerns about a dwindling middle
class and a growing divide between the
haves and the have-nots; concerns about the need for
urgent immigration reform, criminal justice reform. As I travel the country
and visit people in different communities,
people from all ends of the political spectrum,
these are the concerns that I’m hearing
from them about. But too often, their voices
are not heard in Washington. Too often, we see those needs
are not addressed, once again, as I said, because
their interests are not at the forefront of those
who are making decisions in this country about how our
limited resources are being used. We have limited resources
and we have great needs. But unfortunately, we continue
to see self-serving politicians who waste those resources
and ignore our needs. So we could speak
for a long time about every one
of those concerns that I raised, and
these are issues that we need to focus
on solving as a country. But there is one issue
that’s central to the rest. There is one issue that’s
central to our ability to address those needs. And that issue is the cost of
war, the ongoing regime change wars, this new Cold War we’re
in, and nuclear arms race. Now, I’m running for president
to end our longstanding policy of overthrowing one foreign
government after another, to work to end this new Cold
War and nuclear arms race and redirect the trillions of
dollars that are being taken out of our pockets to pay
for these wars and weapons and instead, keep those
dollars in our pockets and make sure that we are using
the limited resources that we have to meet the
needs of our people, to meet the needs
of our communities. Because the reality
is that as long as we are wasting trillions
of dollars preparing for a nuclear war, whether it
be with a country like Russia or China, as long as we continue
waging one regime change war after another,
we will not be able to provide
health care for all. We will not have
the resources we need to make sure our kids
are getting a good education. We will not have
the resources we need to make the kinds
of bold investments in green renewable energy
that we need to make. We will not have the
resources that we need to protect our
environment, to protect our air, to protect our water, to
invest in our middle class. So that’s the decision
that’s before us. It’s before every single one of
us as voters in this country. We need to decide whether we
want to continue as a country to be the world’s
police, intervening in one foreign
country after another, toppling one dictator
after another, or focus on taking
care of our people and rebuilding our
own communities. We cannot afford to do both. We cannot afford to do both. So as we talk about
the cost of war, there are many different costs
that we have to consider. As a soldier, I’ve served
in the Army National Guard for 16 years. I’ve deployed twice
to the Middle East. And I’ve seen firsthand
the high human cost of war. During that first
deployment to Iraq in 2005, we were based in a camp that was
about 40 miles north of Baghdad at a time where it was the
height of the Iraq War. There was a lot of casualties. And I served in that medical
unit for our brigade combat team that had nearly
3,000 soldiers from Hawaii and across the Pacific. And the very first thing that I
did every single day, the very first thing that I was
tasked with every single day, was to go through
a list of names of every single American
casualty that had occurred in the previous 24 hours. And I had to go through
that list looking to see if there were any of
those soldiers from our brigade who were there, who were
injured or who were hurt, to make sure that they
were either getting the care in country
that they needed or to get them evacuated
as quickly as possible, make sure that they got the care
they needed until they finally made their way home. It was heart-wrenching
every single day to see those names of my
brothers and sisters in uniform and to know behind every
single one of those names were loved ones, family members,
husbands, wives, children, parents, brothers and
sisters back home, stressed and anxious and worried
for their safety. And every one of those
names were service members who would eventually
come home with wounds both visible and
invisible, wounds and scars that would stay with
them for many years to come. What to speak of those who never
made that trip home, friends of ours who were killed in
combat, friends of ours who our final goodbye, our
sudden, final goodbye, consisted of saluting
their empty boots and their rifle and empty
helmet, people who were there with us one day
and gone the next. This cost of war is paid
for by these men and women. It is paid for by our families,
families who stay home, seeing their loved one deploy,
often multiple times, who see the stress
that that’s caused as our troops are spread thin. Just a few weeks ago,
the first week of April, I said goodbye in Hawaii to a
couple hundred Hawaii National Guard soldiers who
were from the unit that I deployed with
during my second deployment about 10 years ago. This time, they’re
off to Afghanistan. And there were a number of them
who were younger soldiers who’d never been deployed before,
but there were a lot who had, who I served with,
who I deployed with, who had deployed now three
or four or five times in the Army National Guard. And as I talked with them, I
asked, how’s your family doing? How are your kids doing? They talked about the
hardship, the great hardship, that’s placed on their family. A friend of mine talked about
his 15-year-old daughter who said, daddy, who’s going
to teach me how to drive? When I turned 16, I can
get my learner’s permit. Who’s going to teach
me how to drive? And for him, it broke his heart
that he would have to go away. His five kids, the youngest
is three years old– how much of his life
he’d be missing. And they’re going off to serve
in a war in Afghanistan that is continuing now
in its 18th year, already over 2,300 Americans
killed, over 20,000 Americans wounded, and for what? For what? We’ve spent over a trillion
dollars in Afghanistan alone. We continue to spend $4
billion in Afghanistan, dollars that are coming out of our
pockets, every single month, $4 billion a month. We’ve seen countless lives
lost, both American lives and Afghan lives, only to
find ourselves in a place where we are no closer
to so-called “victory” than we were 18 years
ago, in a place where only the Afghan people can
determine their future. So I’ve seen that
high human cost of war through my service
in the military. And as one of the first
female combat veterans ever elected to Congress,
serving over six years on the Armed Services and
foreign affairs committees, I’ve seen our foreign
policy establishment and the military industrial
complex in action and seen the direct effects
of our ongoing destructive policies that they continue to
push, the impact on the people and the countries where
we wage regime change wars, the increased death and
destruction and suffering that occurs as a result, the homes
and the infrastructure that’s destroyed. We see the cost
in our resources. It’s something that people
don’t often realize, that, yes, it’s our troops
and our veterans who pay the price for
war in this country, but it is actually
every single one of us through the trillions
of dollars that are taken out of our pockets. Have you ever wondered
how it’s possible that this country,
the wealthiest country in the world, can’t
afford to maintain our roads and bridges? Have you ever wondered
how it’s possible that this country can’t afford
to make sure every American has clean water to drink? How is it possible that this
country cannot provide health care for its people? We look to the cost of war
and how since 9/11 alone, we have spent anywhere
from $6 to $8 trillion on regime change wars,
which doesn’t even include what we know we will
continue to spend in taking care of those who
served in these wars, taking care of our veterans
not for the first year they’re back or not their
first initial hospital stay, but for generations. In my congressional
office in Hawaii, we do constituent services
where people call and say, hey, I need help with a federal
agency, any federal agency. Can you guess the number one
agency people call and request help with? Anybody? VA. VA. It’s the VA by
three or four times. And these are not primarily
post-9/11 veterans. It’s Vietnam
veterans, people who are still fighting
the bureaucracy just to get the basic care and
benefits they’ve earned. Right now, the US leads the
world in military spending, accounting for about
one third of all money spent globally on
military activities. And for this next fiscal
year, the Trump administration has submitted its
budget to Congress with a request of about $720
billion in military spending with cuts across the rest of the
federal budget, $720 billion, which is almost twice
what the rest of the world spends altogether. So that’s the cost
on our resources. There is a cost that undermines
our national security. We’ve seen how these regime
change wars have created the greatest refugee
and immigration crisis since the Second
World War across Europe, created a rift between Eastern
and Western European countries. These regime change wars
have exacerbated the problem of nuclear
proliferation and stood in the way of our abilities
to do things like denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. The leader of North Korea has
cited, look at what the United States did with Libya. So you wonder why is
it that we have not yet been able to make a deal to
denuclearize North Korea, look to Libya, where the United
States made a deal with Gaddafi at that time saying, if you
give up your nuclear weapons program, we won’t
come after you. So he did. And what happened next? United States went after
him and toppled Gaddafi. So the leader of North Korea
points to that example, saying they have
developed nuclear weapons as their deterrent
against regime change. So as this
administration continues to wage more regime change
wars and regime change efforts, it is directly
undermining our ability to make this agreement with
North Korea to denuclearize. Al-Qaeda– al-Qaeda is stronger
than ever before today. They presently are in
control of an entire city of Idlib in Syria. A regime change war in
Syria is continuing. And leaders in our country
today are preparing us for new regime change wars
against Iran and Venezuela, and Cuba, Nicaragua. This cost of this
regime change wars is not a thing of the past. This is happening now. As we hear these war drums being
beaten to go to war with Iran, we have to take into
account the reality that going to war with Iran, a
regime change war in Iran, will prove far more costly
than anything we saw in Iraq. We hear quotes from National
Security Council Director John Bolton, Secretary
Pompeo, who talk openly about how the United States is
ready to take on Russia, China, and Iran, Bolton asking
leaders in the Pentagon for military war
plans against Iran. They’re undermining
our national security. They’re putting us in a greater
risk and danger of conflict, with especially
high stakes as we look at the
prospects of conflict with nuclear armed countries
like Russia and China increasing. And I can say this as a
soldier, that it’s tragic that the primary
mission of our military is to protect the
American people and yet our leaders have
not only failed our country, they have failed our troops
by continuing to send them on reckless, counterproductive
regime change missions around the
world, spending trillions on those regime change wars,
undermining our military’s readiness, stretching
our troops very thin, placing great stress on
our military families, and undermining our
national security. These costs are great. But the most serious
and potentially costly threat to our country and to
our people and to our planet is this new Cold War
and nuclear arms race. Unfortunately, you’re
not hearing about this if you turn on the news. You’re not reading about
this in the headlines. Leaders in Washington
and the media are completely ignoring this
most important of issues that we face. There will be many costs to
this new Cold War and arms race, the most serious
of which, that it poses an existential threat
to all of us, to our country, and to our planet. This is an issue that no other
presidential candidate is discussing, this issue of
the threat of nuclear war. So not only will this new
Cold War and arms race cost us trillions of dollars,
it will undermine our democracy and civil liberties in the way
that the previous Cold War did. We have to remember that
the first casualty of war is often our constitutional
rights, our civil liberties and privacy. We saw how in the
previous Cold War, suspicion and government
surveillance of Americans increased. We remember the House Committee
on Un-American Activities. We got a glimpse of
how our society changed when we look back
to that McCarthy era and we see the invasive
activities of the FBI at that time. And then we look today. With technology, the broad reach
of surveillance in our country, that risk is even greater now. But the ultimate cost of this
new Cold War and nuclear arms race is where it
will inevitably end, nuclear war between the
US, Russia, and/or China. It will cost us
trillions of dollars. And in this arms
race that’s already been escalated by this
president doing things like withdrawing from the
INF Treaty, everyone loses. This arms race can
go on for decades. But there is an
inevitable outcome, and that outcome
is a nuclear war, a war that no one can win,
a war where everyone loses. Many strategists
believe that we are at a greater risk
of nuclear war now than at any time in history. The threat of nuclear
war and the new Cold War is every bit a domestic issue
as it is a foreign policy issue because it has to do
with our very existence. And we have to understand
that a World War III would be a nuclear war and there
would be no winner because it would destroy the world. It’s hard to imagine
what this looks like. It seems like something
that could be far away. But in fact, the threat
is very real today. And we in Hawaii got a pretty
big wake-up call to this about a year ago. In January of last year, there
was a text alert sent out by our state civil
defense that went across over a million phones all
across our state, that was blasted on the
radio and on the news, saying, “Missile incoming. Seek shelter immediately. This is not a drill.” Just ask you to
imagine for a minute how you would feel in getting
that message, knowing you would have just minutes to
live, thinking about, where are your loved ones? Where can shelter be found? “Seek shelter immediately.” Where do you go? Where can you go to be protected
from a nuclear missile that is incoming? That’s what went
through our minds. And it was terrifying. It was terrifying. We had a father who lowered
his little seven-year-old girl down a manhole thinking that
that may be the only place she could be safe and recording
an iPhone video saying, if you see this,
I’m probably gone, but this is where
my daughter is. We had another who was in the
middle of the island of O’ahu. He had one child on one side
of the island and another on the other side of the island. And he sat there
for just a moment trying to figure out
which of his children he would spend the last
minutes of his life with. How do you make that choice? It was absolutely terrifying
going through this, understanding that we would
have just minutes to live. And while that alarm
turned out to be false, we reacted the way that we did
because this threat is real. This threat is real. There is no shelter. There is no safety. There is no protection. And the impacts of this,
the impacts of this, are hard to conceive of. We look back to when those
bombs were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima while
many families were having breakfast
early in the morning, getting ready for work. 245,000 people were
killed instantly. Many others died from the
bombing injuries and radiation, bringing the total body
count to more than 400,000. We saw the impacts
of the shockwave alone completely decimating
entire buildings just from the change in the air
pressure, horrible atrocities for those who somehow survived. Between 1950 and 2000, survivors
of those atomic bombs in Japan were 46% more likely than
the general population to develop lethal
cases of leukemia. What to speak of the
nuclear winter that occurs where much of our planet
would turn to radioactive ash, where our soil and water would
be contaminated for decades, making it impossible
for even those who manage to survive
to grow food or find uncontaminated water to drink. So the idea that some in our
government now are propagating, that one could win a
nuclear war, is false. We have some leaders in the
Pentagon and foreign policy experts saying, sure,
the United States can still fight and
win two major wars with Russia and China at the
same time, others saying– a former advisor of Dick
Cheney recently said basically that a war could take
place in Europe, where American forces currently are. They’re going to be fighting
on the borders of Russia, not on the Atlantic seaboard
of the United States, thinking that somehow this
nuclear conflict could be contained and that we would
be just fine here at home. And then you have President
Trump making statements like he did last year,
saying that in times of war and conflict, you
can blow up windmills. They’ll fall down real quick. You can blow up pipelines. You can do a lot of
things to solar panels. But you know what? You can’t hurt coal,
thinking that somehow, our biggest concern
in a nuclear war is going to be windmills
being blown up. So out of touch with the
reality that we face, so out of touch
with the seriousness and the cost of the
threat that we face. The insanity and the
madness, the inhumanity of thinking that somehow,
this war is something we can contemplate
doing or something that we can contemplate winning,
is impossible to overstate. The reality is that in
event of such a war, you would have the elite and a
few of the most powerful tucked away in hidden bunkers
somewhere while the rest of us are forgotten about because we
don’t matter or we don’t count. For so-called leaders
to believe that we could be victorious
in such a war because we killed a few hundred
million more of their people than they did of ours can
only be described as insane. And so we talked about how
such a war could come about intentionally because of
the increasing tensions that we have. But there is just as
great a risk of a war being started by accident. And we have a number of examples
from the past of near misses, of these accidents. In 1983, the Soviet
Union shot down a Korean Airlines, a flight that
was carrying a US congressman. Tensions were very
high at that time. That same month, a
Soviet missile commander received a warning of an
imminent nuclear attack by the United States. His standing orders were to
launch a nuclear counterstrike. But this commander, a colonel
with the world in his hands, he saved the world
by hesitating, by not launching that attack
even though he was ordered to do so, until it was learned
that this imminent attack was actually a false alarm triggered
by sunlight reflecting off clouds. A similar incident
occurred in 1995 with Russian President Yeltsin
almost starting a nuclear war after a weather satellite
launched from Norway was mistaken for an
incoming missile attack. Now, Yeltsin had actually
opened Russia’s version of the nuclear
football at that time, was prepared to launch
a counterattack, when he hesitated
for just long enough to confirm that it
was a false alarm. There are a number
of other examples that we can cite about
how close and how easy it would be even to launch
a nuclear war on accident. And when we look at how often
today computer malfunctions are common, we see how
much more complicated this threat becomes. So as tensions
continue to increase, as we find ourselves in
the place that we are, the prospect of nuclear
war is not a question of if it will happen. It’s a question of when, if
we continue down this path. Just as important as it
is for us to recognize the reality of this threat,
we also therefore then must recognize that it
doesn’t have to be this way. It doesn’t have to be this way. That’s why I’m
running for president, to bring about an end
to this regime change wars, this new Cold War
and nuclear arms race, and take the resources
that we’ve wasted on war and use them for our people
here at home, to lead this country forward with a
foreign policy that’s focused on deescalating tensions
rather than ratcheting up this new Cold War and
nuclear arms race, to work towards drawing down
our military expenditures, not increasing them, to
create a path forward where we can live in
peace with other countries and work in cooperation
rather than conflict, and to get rid of the
fossilized zero-sum mentality of our foreign
policy establishment where they believe
that in order for us, our country, the
American people to win, everyone else must fail. Instead, we must
build relationships based on this win-win
approach, remembering always that there is no
winner in a nuclear war and that we live on
this planet together. And wherever possible,
we have to take advantage of the opportunity
to work together to make sure that we have a
safe and prosperous future for everyone. Now, it’s important
to understand that when I say that we need to
stop trying to be the world’s police and that we need to end
our regime change policies, that does not mean
we are isolationists or that we should not be
involved internationally in our global community. Our country remains the most
powerful and influential country in the world. We cannot isolate ourselves. We can and we must lead the
world into more cooperation, towards peace. We must be the leader
that the world desperately needs right now to ensure the
survival of the human race. It is our responsibility as the
most powerful and influential country in the world
to wield that power to be a force for good, to save
the world from the calamity of a nuclear war that we
are sleepwalking towards. It must be our mission to ensure
that the 21st century will forever be known as
the turning point in human history,
that era in which the world’s great
powers chose to abandon the path to
confrontation and war and agreed to pursue the path
of cooperation, diplomacy, and peace. Now, some may ask, how
is it possible to have a positive relationship
with countries like Russia and China? After the fall of
the Soviet Union, our country had a very positive
relationship with Russia. That was not that long ago. We have to go back
to a place where we recognize how
important it is that we build these cooperative
relationships. Because if we don’t, it is our
country that is undermined, it is our economy
that’s undermined, our security that’s undermined,
our environment and our future that is undermined. So when you understand that,
you understand that we really don’t have a choice. Whether we like it
or not, our fates as human beings in this
world are tied together. And the issues that
we face, pollution of our air, our waters, oceans,
the climate crisis that’s before us, the
spread of disease, the existential
threat of nuclear war, these are all issues that
require us to sit down, to talk, and to work
together, whether it be with friends or with
people who are adversaries or potential adversaries. If we in the United States
do all that we can right now, for example, to
address climate change, it will still not be enough. We cannot solve
these problems alone. We have to work together. We have to work
together to make sure that our kids today and
for generations to come can not only survive, but
thrive and prosper without fear of being obliterated
by nuclear bombs, without fear of toxic
and poisonous water or polluted air or not
enough food to eat. So as president, I would
immediately arrange for one-on-one meetings with
the other nuclear powers in the world and work to
reaffirm the declaration made by President Reagan and then
General Secretary Gorbachev that a nuclear war cannot be
won and must never be fought. I would work to bring
together leaders of the world to agree upon our existential
need to end the new Cold War, to stop the dangerous
and wasteful arms race, and negotiate a path
forward to eventually rid the world of nuclear weapons. As president, I will
lead this country to bring about a bold change
in our foreign policy that bends the arc of
history away from war and towards peace, that
stops wasting our resources and our lives on
regime change wars and redirects our
focus and energy toward the pursuit of
cooperation and peace and prosperity for all people. The time is now to give up the
gunboat diplomacy of the past and instead work out our
differences with communication and negotiations and goodwill. Because imagine how
much we can accomplish. Imagine how much we could
accomplish, how many people we could help lift
up out of poverty, how we can transition
away from fossil fuels and towards a hundred percent
renewable energy economy, how we can ensure health care for
all, how we can make sure we’re providing a quality
education, how we can end the homeless crisis
that we face, how we can rebuild our
crumbling infrastructure. Imagine how much
we could accomplish if we stopped wasting
money on regime change wars, this new Cold War
and nuclear arms race, and instead used our collective
and limited resources to actually help people. So I’m running for president
to lead our country toward that peaceful
and prosperous future, to put people ahead of
profits, to put people ahead of politics, to
bring the values that are at the heart of every
soldier, every service member, those values of service
above self, to the White House, to restore those principles
of integrity and honor and respect to the presidency. Thank you very much. Aloha. [APPLAUSE] Thank you so much for giving
us so much to think over. I’ve got certainly
enough questions to fill the rest of the
evening, much more time than you have and most of
the people here, as well. But since I’m seeing such
an engaged crowd, including a number of my
students, who naturally comprise a certain elite in this
university, I want to turn– If you may say so yourself. I’m so impressed with
them, with all of you. I want to allow more
time for the questioners to bring up what’s
on their mind. But let me just start out
by asking you this question. You devoted most of your
speech to policy issues, and I’m sure that’s what most
of the people in the audience want to hear. But I can’t help but ask you
one question that relates policy to politics. I’m going to cite
two facts to you and I’d like you
to tell me if you think there’s a connection
between these two facts. Fact number one is
that your critique of American foreign
policy is quite profound. You are not nibbling
around the edges. You are looking for a complete
redirection of the security policies of this
country and the way the United States
faces the world. That’s fact number one. Fact number two is that when
I look in the press and start reading about what presidential
candidates said yesterday, what presidential candidates are
doing, what they’re thinking, what they’re working on,
what they’re focusing on, oftentimes, I find
you way at the bottom or you’re not even
in the article. Do you think there’s a
connection between those two facts? [LAUGHTER] [APPLAUSE] Unfortunately, yes. I think your audience is pretty
well in tune with that answer. And it’s unfortunate. This is the unfortunate
reality that we’re facing, where it is not only those
in the foreign policy establishment, it
is not only those in the military
industrial complex, but it is also many
in the media who continue to perpetuate
these same failed policies and who seek to squash
the voices of those of us who are challenging, challenging
the status quo with the truth and the consequences
of many, many decades of these continued regime
change war policies. But what gives me
hope about our ability to bring about this change is
that both in places that I go across the country, living
rooms where we’re having conversations like the
one we’re having here today, in small
towns, big cities, in different parts of
the country, people from all different
political parties, they understand very
well what has gone wrong with our foreign policy
and who has paid the price and stand together in saying,
this has got to stop now. And so even as I’m
talking with folks who disagree with
me on other issues, they believe so strongly
about the urgent need for us to do what
I’m talking about, to end regime change wars, to
work to end this new Cold War and nuclear arms
race, that they want to stand knowing that it
is only our voices, we the people standing up, that can
overcome the obstacles to bring about this kind of big
change we’re talking about. I do sense that there
is a constituency out there in America
for a different approach to the world. However, that
constituency has never had the political or
intellectual leadership that will allow it to punch
its weight in Washington. And I’m thinking that
maybe your campaign is going to be one way we can
try to congeal that leadership. Yes. That’s the answer I wanted. Yes. I think I’ve used
up my half hour. And I would really like– Vivek, would you like to
come up and call on people and try to help run this– Vivek Pandit was
one of the people responsible for this event. So I’d like to ask
him to take over. [INAUDIBLE] Thank you. [APPLAUSE] Thank you all. [INAUDIBLE] Can you hear me? Cool. So I’m going to actually start
off with the first question. And then we have
a second question that’s going to be asked
about the environment. And if you’re here, someone
from the Sunrise Movement, I believe you can– OK. Cool. So you can ask that question. And then we’ll open it up. After he asks his question,
you guys get to mics. We’ll go back and forth. And we’ll try to
do this quick so we can get as many in as possible. But first of all, thank you,
professor, for moderating. And thank you,
congresswoman, for coming. And thank you guys
all for listening. I want to start
off by asking you– so we talked a lot about
your experiences as a veteran and how that shaped your
viewpoints on understanding the costs of war. And I want to ask
more specifically, how has your experience as
a female veteran impacted your experiences and identity
and maybe shaped your decision to run for president? Thank you. There’s a lot of things
that come to mind. In Washington, both
Tammy Duckworth and I were elected to Congress
in the same year, in 2012. And we were the first two
female combat veterans ever elected to the United
States Congress. And both of us got seats on
the Armed Services Committee. And there were a
few things happening at that time that made
this really impactful and made it possible
for us to really be the voices for so many people
whose voices hadn’t been heard before. At that time, Secretary
Panetta, right before he left as the
Secretary of Defense, he lifted the policy
that banned women from serving in combat
roles in the military. It’s a pretty huge change
in our military history. There may be some
female veterans here. For those of us
who’ve served, we know that women have actually
been serving in combat roles for quite some time, maybe
just not getting credit for it or being recognized. But women have been
getting the job done in the military
for a long time. It was interesting being on
the Armed Services Committee when that policy
decision was made and continuing to hear
the outdated views by many of our colleagues who
had no idea about what it meant for a woman to
serve in the military. So our voices were incredibly
important at that time. Right around that time,
as well, the exposure of the high numbers of sexual
assault in the military came to the forefront. And once again, there was
a lot of misinformation that was being put out. Serving on that
committee, speaking up for survivors of sexual
assault in the military to try to bring about the kind
of change that would ensure a transparent and fair path
towards justice for them, was critical. It wasn’t something
that I really expected when I first
ran for Congress, but it proved to be critical. Unfortunately, this
is a battle that we’re continuing to fight
today as both men and women in the military who
are victims of sexual assault are still subject to the
possibility of retaliation from within the chain
of command or decisions being made to sweep their
assault under the table. How many veterans
do we have here? You just raise your hand? All right. We’ve got a few. Thank you for your service. [APPLAUSE] One thing that I found as we
were going through all of this was– I served for four years
as an enlisted soldier first before I went through
Officer Candidate School and earned my commission. And I’m grateful to
have had that experience to have experienced both sides. And for those who
are here who’ve been enlisted versus those
who’ve been an officer, they’re very
different experiences, two different roles,
two different jobs. And one thing I found as we were
going through this discussion and debate about how to
deal with the sexual assault happening in the
military is oftentimes, it was the officers
or the commanders who were coming in and saying, well,
we have to protect the command, whereas the vast
majority of people who were victims of sexual
assault were enlisted. And they were the ones– I met a woman who shared
her story about how– and I won’t get into
the gory details. But she was assaulted
a number of times. She had pictures on a cell
phone that she was able to take. She went and reported
to her first sergeant what had been happening. And the first
sergeant’s response was, he would never do that. He’s such a great soldier. He’s top-notch. I don’t believe you. This is a female first sergeant. Then she brought
in the pictures. She said, you don’t believe me? Here’s my evidence. The first sergeant was disturbed
and she said, OK, well, here, give me the memory
card from your phone so that I can share
this with the commander and so that we can
make sure that you’re able to get justice and
accountability for what he’s done. Can you guess what happened? [INAUDIBLE] Nothing. She went back and kept
asking and kept asking and, oh, well, we can’t find
the memory card anymore. It disappeared. There are so many people
with stories like this. I’ve taken this in a little
bit of a different direction, Vivek, but it speaks
to the challenge that we still have before us. I’ve introduced legislation, at
that time called the Military Justice Improvement Act,
which would do that, which would provide an avenue that
is independent of that direct chain of command to make sure
that those who are seeking justice are able to get it. Thank you. And then if you want
to come to this mic? Yes. And then if you guys
want to ask questions, you guys can walk
up to the mics. I know it’s going
to be a frenzy. All right. There we go. There we go. Every time. All right. So– Hi. My name is Ella. And I’m an organizer with
the Sunrise Movement. I also grew up in South
Kona, in your district. Awesome. I’m noticing your sweatshirt. Yes. Represent. Yes. So I was excited to hear about
your support for the Select Committee on a Green
New Deal and appreciated your speech at the press
conference with [? Rocana, ?] but then now that there is
a resolution on the table, you’ve refused to support it. And we appreciate
your bold leadership with the fossil fuels act,
which is very necessary. But we need you to
co-sponsor the Green New Deal so that you can be part of
the process going forward and incorporate
everything you talked about today into that policy. So I’m asking you today
if you’ll join nearly all of the democratic presidential
contenders and nearly half of the democratic caucus in
cosponsoring the resolution for a Green New Deal? I– oh, [INAUDIBLE]. Can you hear me? Can you hear me? I appreciate and have
met with and worked with many of the
leaders from the Sunrise Movement in Washington
as well as in Hawaii and appreciate so much
the work that you’re doing to raise this
issue to the forefront. As you mentioned, I’ve
introduced the Off Fossil Fuels Act. We’re strengthening it
and improving it now. We’ll be reintroducing it
in Congress, legislation that provides an actionable
plan and pathway to get us off of fossil fuels and invest in
that green renewable energy economy that I
talked about, invest in that trained workforce,
invest in our future. I have some concerns with the
Green New Deal, the resolution, which is why I haven’t
signed onto it. A major concern is the fact
that nuclear power is not mentioned in the
resolution as an option that we will not consider. I was just in San Onofre
in California a little over a week ago, where
I went and visited with young leaders,
surfers, environmentalists, some of whom you may know, who
are active with the Sunrise Movement. And we went out and surfed
at their local spot, which is right in front of the
San Onofre nuclear power plant, a power plant that has
stopped functioning since 2012, but a place where
they’re continuing to store huge amounts of
nuclear waste right there. As we were out in the
water, we looked up. Right there on the bluff
overlooking the beach, we saw many canisters
of nuclear waste, waste that threatens
that community, threatens that beach,
threatens that ocean, and waste which is also sitting
on an earthquake fault line. And so the question there
that they were asking was– and the community
is saying, hey, we got to get rid of this
stuff, waste that sticks around for 500,000 years. Where do they go? So one of the solutions
they’re putting forward is, let’s put it in a temporary
storage facility in New Mexico or Texas. Because there is no
permanent repository to store safely
the nuclear waste we’ve created in this
country, nuclear waste which is threatening our environment,
threatening our communities. So instead, they’re
saying, let’s put these temporary facilities
in New Mexico or Texas. Well, there was an
indigenous leader from New Mexico who flew out
to California so that she could meet with me and tell
me how important it was that their community
on their tribal lands not be burdened
with this nuclear waste. They don’t want to
keep shoving it off into someone else’s yard. And there’s a growing
movement of national voices who are saying that
we’re not going to shove this problem
in someone else’s yard. So this is, to me, a serious
issue that we have to include, that’s in my Off
Fossil Fuels Act, to make sure that
we don’t continue to make the wrong kinds of
investments that actually end up causing more harm and more
of a threat to our environment than not. So I look forward to continuing
to work with the Sunrise Movement as we all work towards
the goal I think that we’re seeking to accomplish, which
is to get off of fossil fuels and create that hundred percent
green renewable energy economy, taking care of our people,
taking care of our planet, and ensuring that we have a
prosperous future for everyone. Thank you. Thank you, [INAUDIBLE]. [APPLAUSE] Hi. My name is Lionel. I’m from URI, actually. And I was wondering, if
you were elected president, would you remove the
trade embargo from Cuba? And would you also
remove sanctions from the government of
Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro? Yes, I would lift
that trade embargo. The actions that we saw
the Obama administration take with Cuba, we saw a
huge amount of progress in a short period of time. It’s very disheartening to see
how this Trump administration has reversed that progress
that was made under the Obama administration and is now
making things even worse. I think there was a recent
announcement that they’re not only implementing sanctions
and other restrictions on the Cuban government, the
ability for visitors to go in, but also restricting
the remittances that Americans can send to their
relatives in Cuba to $1,000 every three months. So we’re hearing
from people in Cuba wondering about how
they’ll survive. This is really impacting the
Cuban people most negatively. We are seeing the implementation
of sanctions in Venezuela as yet another avenue
to effect regime change with the consequence of having
a negative impact on the people of Venezuela, the very people
that this administration claims to want to help. We’ve got to keep our
hands off of Venezuela. It’s a difficult
situation right now. The Venezuelan people
have to be the ones to determine their own future. [APPLAUSE] Hi. Namaste. Namaste. My name’s Charlie. And I agree with
everything you’ve said, but I’m more
motivated by an ideal than I am by what I’m afraid of. How would you
address many people who are not willing
to look at the fears and who are looking
for an ideal? I think I talked about
those ideals, those values and those principles
that we need to bring to the
forefront of this country not because we’re
motivated by fear, but because we want to serve. We want to take
care of each other. We want to make sure that we’ve
got a peaceful and prosperous future. And so long as we have
leaders in this country who are more interested in putting
their own selfish interests ahead of the interests
of the people, who are more interested
in corporate profits even when that means
that it’s contaminating and poisoning and polluting
our environment and our planet and threatening our
future, then we the people lose every single time. That’s why I talk
about how important it is that we place these
values of service above self at the forefront, that
we are able to fulfill that vision that the
founders had for us of truly having a representative
government for the people. Mm-hmm. Thank you. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] Thank you for your
talk, congresswoman. Thank you. So my name is [INAUDIBLE]
and I’m from Delhi. And I had two connected
questions, actually, related to the argument
of a third war related to nuclear energy
and all of that. So my first question
is with Iran. So just this morning,
the State Department announced that they will
not renew the waivers given to certain countries
importing Iranian oil. And that includes India,
Pakistan, and China. And so what would your
policy be towards Iran? Would you revert
back to the deal made by the Obama administration? Or what is your
plan on that front? And my second
question is, you said that you’d have individual
meetings with all the leaders of nuclear powers
and try to de-escalate. So just looking at the
situation with India, where we’re facing a
hostile neighbor in Pakistan and in China, and
five countries, the five Security
Council members are part of the nuclear
proliferation treaty, and India and China– India and Pakistan,
sorry, are not– and they’re not going to be
as willing to denuclearize, what would you do about
that and how would you go about denuclearizing in
such difficult environments? Thank you. Very important questions. To your first question,
the Iran nuclear deal was far from perfect, but
it was very important. And the fact that it was
accomplished and passed by Congress, I voted
for it, was a huge step forward towards peace
and away from war. The actions taken by
this administration to withdraw from
that nuclear deal even though our own intelligence
agencies and intelligence agencies from all these other
countries who are signatories confirmed they
remained in compliance has made our country
less safe, has made it less likely
that countries like North Korea
or other countries will pursue denuclearization. So yes, as president, I would
re-enter the Iran nuclear deal and look at parallel tracks
to see how we can continue to try to strengthen it. The move made by the
Trump administration this morning to get rid
of those sanction waivers is a dangerous one that will
further isolate our country, that will further
ruin the relationships with other countries that
actually are within our best interest. And we’ll see
those relationships where there’s great
opportunity for mutual benefit, for shared interests– we’ll see those countries
continue to look elsewhere, to look for relationships
with other countries, to look in other places as
the United States continues to punish them in its
pursuit of war with Iran. It’s a very dangerous
path that they’ve chosen. Look, the answer to your second
question is not an easy one. I don’t make any
claims that we’re just going to have a meeting
and then that’ll be it; we’ll be able to accomplish
what we’re trying to accomplish. It is a huge task. It is a huge task before us. But it has to
begin with building a relationship, of being
willing to sit down and talk. And unfortunately,
right now, we’re not seeing that with many of
the countries that you raised. This conversation is not
even willing to be had. Instead, we’re seeing
ever-increasing tensions occurring. There are a lot of other
differences and issues and concerns that
we’ll need to address to get to that point
of denuclearization. But we have to be willing
to begin that conversation and do the hard work that’s
necessary to reach that goal. When Reagan and Gorbachev
negotiated the INF Treaty, there were many leaders in
many countries, many naysayers in Washington, who said
it would be impossible, it was an impossible thing. But they had not one, not two,
but they had many conversations that ultimately led them to
this place of recognizing it was in the mutual
interests of both of their people and
their countries. And they did what
had to be done. They did what was
right, making the world and our mutual
countries more safe. True. Thank you so much. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] Good evening. You’ve described yourself
as a war hawk when it comes to the War on Terror. In this vein, you’ve expressed
support for the Kurds’ fight against ISIS, but
have been criticized for perceived tolerance of the
violence of the Assad regime after meeting face-to-face
with the brutal dictator. My question is, when you
say America should, quote, unquote, “let the Syrian
people decide their future,” how is it that you expect
Syrians to be this change when bombs rain down on
their heads and millions flee from their homes? And this is coming from a
place of concern because you– it’s not simply to say, oh,
Tulsi Gabbard loves Assad. But it’s a place of
concern because you want to be president. And if that is
indeed what happens, you will have a very
real impact on the lives of millions of Syrians, some
of whom are in this room. So I wanted to know,
how do you fall along– where does your justification
of that statement come from? What will you do? Thank you. Thank you for your question. And I want to complete
the quote that you mentioned at the beginning
of your question. Yes, I’m very
hawkish when it comes to the fight against terrorist
groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda. And I am a dove when it
comes to regime change wars. And that’s the
position that I’ve taken with Syria throughout
my years in Congress, even before I had a chance to
go in and visit Syria, a chance to go in and visit and
hear from the people who are being directly impacted by
our policies in this country. My position comes from the
fact that time and time again in this country, over
and over again, when we wage regime change
wars, the result on the people in those
countries is more suffering. It’s more death. It’s more destruction. It’s heartbreaking to see the
suffering of the Syrian people. It’s heartbreaking to see
the suffering of people in countries who
are led by dictators who are causing that suffering. We have to be real
about the world that we live in because this
is the reality that we face. We don’t live in the world
that we want to live in. We have what we have. And so whether we’re
talking about Iraq or Libya or the many other examples
in the past, in Syria, the fact is that if
the United States is successful in toppling
the Assad regime– as we see happens
in other countries, the most powerful force
on the ground takes over, fills that leadership position. And in Syria, the result of
that is the most powerful force over all of these
years has continued to be these terrorist groups. And they’ve gone
by different names. There’s al-Qaeda, THS, a
number of different names. ISIS obviously was there. They’re largely
been defeated now. But the result of a terrorist
group like al-Qaeda taking over is we would see a
decimation and destruction of religious minorities
across Syria. That’s a fact. I visited a number
of those churches. I met with a number
of religious leaders from many different
denominations who spoke in no uncertain terms. And some of them were supportive
of the Assad government. Others were strongly opposed. But they were very clear-eyed
about what would happen. So yes, it is up to
the Syrian people to determine what kinds
of reforms and changes they wanted to see
in their future. I met with leaders of
some of the protests that were held early on,
2011 and in 2012, people who remain
strongly opposed to the government in Syria,
who remain deeply rooted in their conviction of the kinds
of changes they want to see. But even they said, we don’t
want the United States, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, or
Turkey or any other country coming in and
telling us what to do with our country and
our future and who should lead our country. There are bad
people in the world and there are people
who are suffering. The United States coming in and
acting as the world’s police to go in and topple
dictators that we don’t like, unfortunately, doesn’t
solve the problem. It has proven time and again
to increase that suffering, to increase those refugees who
are forced to flee their homes. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] Thank you so much for coming. My question is
about climate change as it relates to foreign policy. And it’s a bit lengthy,
so I apologize. But I think it’s an
important point to get to. So as you know, at 1.5
degrees Celsius warming above pre-industrial
levels, the climate will reach a point
of no return and we will be in climate disaster. It’s essential to understand
that this disaster is not just that our climate will be warmer,
species will go instinct, and sea levels will rise,
although each of these is horrible on their own. It is so much more than this. Migration on a scale we
have never seen before will overwhelm every
country in this world or leave millions stranded. Unbelievable suffering
will be placed on vulnerable
communities who will not be able to feed or
house themselves. They will die. The basic structures of our
societies will be uprooted. The Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change has essentially given
two technical solutions to this problem. These solutions either have us
reaching 1.5 degrees Celsius and maxing out there, which
is a disaster situation, or overshooting that level
and then sucking carbon out of air to get back
to that 1.5 degrees Celsius, another
disaster situation. Right now, the Paris
climate accord, which was seen as a massive
breakthrough in global cooperation as well as a
pie-in-the-sky policy that was unlikely to get implemented,
would only reduce one third of emissions necessary
to reach this goal. Oftentimes, the
magnitude of this problem seems intangible and therefore
is not addressed properly, so I’ll be very blunt. Governments across the
world will collapse. Economies across the
world will collapse. Climate change is like
a wrecking ball swinging towards every single
institution in this world that we rely upon. And it will not
stop by us choosing to ignore it or give
half-hearted responses about how we need
to work together. So I want to be very
clear on my question. I’m not asking you to support
any current policy proposal. However, I want to
know how you plan to deal with this issue on
the scale of the problem and would ask that
you offer specifics rather than simply talk about
how important the issue is. Specifically– Thank you. [INAUDIBLE] lot of
time [INAUDIBLE].. OK. This is my question. How do you plan to deal
with the suffering that would be imposed on
communities across the world? Thank you. Thank you for speaking
in great detail about the seriousness of
the threat that we face. There are a number of
very specific actions that we need to take
in this country. There are two major ones. One is one I’ve talked
about, about the need to get our country
off of fossil fuels and to make the kinds
of bold investments that we need to make in a
green renewable energy economy, in a green renewable
energy workforce, in a green renewable
energy infrastructure, looking at our buildings,
looking at our everyday lives and seeing what
kind of impact we are having, and
making those kinds of changes that we need to make. Another huge area that
has to be addressed is our agriculture industry
and the contributions that that is making at a
huge scale, of emitting more carbon into our atmosphere,
of worsening the climate crisis that we’re facing. This is one that
requires, on both fronts, where we’re taking on
huge, well-funded corporate interests, whether it be the
corporate interests of big oil or the corporate interests
of multinational agriculture corporations who benefit
off of these practices that are threatening our
environment, that are increasing this threat of climate change. So we have to take these
challenges head-on here. This is going to require not
only leaders in Washington recognizing how
urgent this crisis is, but it’s going to take the
will of the American people to bring about
these changes, which is going to require information,
conversation, discussion, a lot of the work that we’re
starting to see happen more and more across communities
as people of all ages are getting involved
in recognizing this is our very
future that’s at stake. We have to deal
with the influence of big money, special interest
money, PAC contributions, influence of lobbyists in
Washington, and the fact that today, we are still
dishing out almost $30 billion every year in subsidies
to big oil companies, we are dishing
out huge subsidies to these multinational
agribusiness corporations. How is that possible, as we
talk about all the other needs that we have, we’re still
giving our taxpayer dollars to these interests
who are actually having a detrimental impact on
our environment and our future? So we have to tackle that,
the influence of big money in our politics. We have to do what’s
necessary here at home. We also have to reenter
these agreements with other countries. We have to proactively
seek out and build those relationships to
see, how do we tackle these challenges together? Our world is getting smaller
and smaller and the decisions that we make, the decisions
that these other countries make, impact us all. We can’t do that so long as
our foreign policy continues to be one that’s
focused on conflict, that continues to be one that
is this win-lose mentality. We have to recognize
our interconnectedness and work together to
address this threat or face the disastrous
consequences. [APPLAUSE] One more? All right. Last one. Congresswoman, I
wanted to thank you. First of all, as a young woman
and as a service member growing up, I didn’t have any female
role models in the service and it was largely your
career that inspired me to join the National Guard. So it’s an honor to have
you here at my alma mater. But my question for you is
as presidential candidate, you become president,
what does the future for transgendered service
members look like in America? Thank you for asking
this important question. When did you end up
joining the National Guard? I joined a little
over two years ago and I’ll be completing
OCS in three months. Awesome. Thank you for your service. Thank you for
making that choice. And thanks for asking
this important question. Look, very simply put,
for those of us who serve, this is very personal. Because I’ve been
in for 16 years now. On those two
deployments, I serve with LGBTQ soldiers
and service members, people who I trained with,
people who I deployed with, people who I entrusted
my life with. I know that they
would have my back. They would give their life for
me just as I would for them. Very few people in this country
make the choice that you made, of raising your
right hand and being willing to give your life,
to give your life, in service to this country. That must be honored
and respected. So I would lift that
trans ban in our military as president and
commander-in-chief. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you very much,
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. Thank you. [APPLAUSE]


Reader Comments

  1. This Lady is the best politician I have heard in years. She radiates honesty and sincerity. God Bless her. Tulsi never be corrupted by those detestable politicians around you. Go for it.. we need someone like you to be a true leader in the world.

  2. I have been listening to her speeches and she's the only one I'll vote for in 2020 presidential election. She is smart, calm, and her ideas appeals to ordinary ppl.

  3. Her ability to stay on valid talking points, that actually reflect the majorities concerns for the need to focus on, surely should touch the spirit of every American.

  4. It gonna be hard to convince the " Koch brothers" to change their murderous regime change Wars in order to get foreign resources..💀🇺🇸🔫…

  5. She is the only presidential candidate who could salvage our world from destructive powerful defence industrialists whose objective is to earn big bucks through killing millions of poor people and razing their countries to the ground.

  6. I was a lifelong Democrat who has sworn to never vote for a Democrat again as long as I live. This is the only Democrat I would even consider voting for. This is the only Democrat capable of defeating Donald Trump.

  7. I like Tulsi, but she will never win the vote of white America because she is a Hindu.

    She often talks about the one God but in Hinduism there are many gods.

    Her message is impressive and if it was up to the rest of the world I’m sure she would get voted in.

    But white America is predominantly christian and they are strong believers.

    I wish her the best of luck.

  8. Tulsi is making it possible for the other highly realized people to be recognized so that their gifts for the good of all can be embraced replacing the seemingly perpetual folly we are forced to accept and pretend to respect due to threats from those in power.

  9. It's about time that someone explain to the american people that the constitution has not been respected for years ! the founding fathers must think, WTF ? Yes it's been by the rich, for the rich for way too long ! this is not what the founding fathers wanted, Greed was not their goal, a happy society WAS their goal !!! so yes, you need to care for your own, and to do that you need good social programs, affordable health care and affordable education, that's most important to built a healthy happy society ! safety nets brings SECURITY and without that, there cannot be happiness !

  10. Light and truth cause vampires tremendous pain and suffering. That is why uplifting words like trust, compassion, understanding, "democratic society", care for all" and "green new deal" cause Count(ing) Dracula (Trump) and the counting corpses (vampires) such misery. But ugly ,(heavy) words like sanction, starve, torture, murder and bomb are encouraged, Because these words suck the vital forces (joy, beauty and harmony) out of humanity (lovers) with the heavy gravitational pull of their ignorance (absence of love).

  11. We now spend $3.5 trillion each year to give healthcare to 248 million, leaving 82 million with little to no healthcare. With Medicare for all, every citizen or visitor in the U.S. would receive free healthcare. And if a restriction required patients to have a healthy 10% fat diet and no addictions, yearly healthcare costs would drop to $1.5 trillion or less.

  12. This was an excellent speech and Q/A session, superbly presented, and Tulsi Gabbard is an impressively "presidential" and sympathetic figure. However, I was disturbed that she never mentioned Russia as an actor in Syria. The term "regime-change wars" was a bit too frequently repeated, and there was no mention about how to control Russian and Chinese territorial aggression, and Iranian military support for Shia and Shia-associated groups outside of Iran. I expect her rivals will zero in on this gap in her views, and on her association with the Science of Identity Foundation.

  13. Bernie supporters should switch to Tulsi Gabbard, she is progressive without identity politics or socialism. We need your support Big Tech and The lame stream media or against her, and we know that these orders come from above. More then ever we need a candidate that we can trust. #TulsiForPresident

  14. A TRUE representative for a COUNTRY, that is based on CHRISTIAN VALUES. Of LOVE THY NEIGHBOR as YOU LOVE thye SELF. NOT go BLOW THEM UP AND TAKE THERE STUFF.!!!!!!

  15. Truly patriotic though Deep State running this country would silence her. I pray for her safety. JFK spoke out and ended in tragedy.

  16. Please keep on giving Tulsi a platform. The Democrats rigged the election last time, and now the corrupt, warmongering Democratic (similar to Republicans ) establishment is trying to smear her. Hope college campuses keep inviting her to their campuses.

  17. $720 Billion ? Damn, the U.S. really wants that oil in Venezuela huh ? That guy John Bolton want to bomb everybody ! Ever hear that guy talk ? Holy shit ! This guy is a friggin' nut job. And we talk about psychopath dictators ? We have psychopaths in Washington. AMERICA (and the rest of the world) NEEDS TULSI.

  18. Dismantle the CIA. the Pentagon the ''zionist '''think tanks '' promoting wars on behalf of that evil apartheid State of Israel. to be fought by American boys and girls-
    Reclaim America for Americans as constituted as ONE NATION UNDER A CHRISTIAN GOD
    REMOVE CAIAPHAS AND THE SYNAGOGUE DEVILS HTA STILLPRACTISE THE MESSAGES OF THAT HATE FILLED TALMUD
    BREAK UP THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND RECLAIM THE TREASURE OF AMERICANS FOR AMERICANS
    AMERICANS ARE GOOD FOLK BUT THEIR COUNTRY HAS BEEN HIJACKED BY DUAL NATIONAL ISRAELIS

  19. Well, Eisenhower warned us about the military industrial complex. 35 months later, JFK warned us too. And he threatened to dismantle and expose them. PUBLICALLY. Look what happened to him. They've had many many years to put people in places they need them. I mean, we have 800 military bases OUTSIDE the United States. This shit has deep roots that extend farther than the eye can see. She has her work cut out for her if she pulls this off, but the deck is stacked against her. Heavily.

  20. I'm not an American, but even I feel like voting for her! What an amazing person! Wish my country had a leader like this!

  21. Overseas tours of duty in support of an army of bullies and murderers is no "badge of honour" for this senator to wear.

  22. The earth needs President Tulsi Gabbard. Decide now. Dont get mistake. Vote for her. Greeting fr Island Saipan near Guam.

  23. But … but … but … that's common sense !
    We can't have thàt!

    She comes up with solutions and WORKABLE plans … The nèrves of that beautiful person !

  24. Hey Kamala, standing on stage with Major Tulsi Gabbard is a little bit different than sitting on your prosecutor's throne suppressing the poor and powerless huh? That helpless look in your eye was worth the price of admission.

  25. American, you may consider TG to be your presida after completion of 8 years of DT's reign!!! She is amanzing and is a charismatic n enthusiastic leader!

  26. If you would have told me ten years ago that Democrats would be the war-hawks and party, I would say you were crazy. But there you have it, if the polls are true, most registered democrats are choosing Biden, Warren, and Kamala over Tulsi. That's shameful.

  27. Since the debate where she demolished Harris, I have watched every YT video I could find on Gabbard. What an impressive person!
    I am an Army vet. I’ve shared Tulsi’s views on war for as long as I can remember, despite how unpopular it may be amongst the brainwashed.
    The lives of countless people around the world have been sacrificed due to lies spewed by the US government.
    These sacrifices are, in the eyes of the US government, necessary and acceptable, in the name of oil and other foreign resources. None of it has anything to do with the protection of our borders, citizens, or the American way of life. Prove me wrong.

  28. I’m a republican and I’m love ….so honest…. plus the gray high lights in her hair….very intelligent…

  29. the citizen in me loves what i hear. the cynic in me feels that if she were elected , she would have a "JFK" accident within the first 2 years in office.

  30. I’m not big into politics, but i became your number fan overnight. First time hearing someone who speaks my mind. God bless you !

  31. Please go to Tulsi2020.com and donate at least a dollar. Please tell at least one friend to do it. Elites are trying to kick her out.

  32. I love Tulsi Gabbard and agree with her on so many levels….but here is the reality. This country has made so many enemies and instigated a global arms race that will never stop. China, Russia, India, North Korea, Israel…all have aims to weaponize space, and all spend an immense amount of resources for research and development of exotic technologies. The United States is in a race against these countries to control space, this is where the trillions of dollars that the Pentagon can't account for went to. Black Projects. I'm afraid we are already on a path with only 3 options. Conquer, be conquered, or mutual destruction. God help us all, no politician can change this force.

  33. The only way we can be saved from nuclear war is to have a strong President who cares about us and our planet. I for one care about my grand daughters future! TULSI is for peace. TULSI IS FOR THE PEOPLE!!!

  34. LGBT and Transgender?? hmmm …she totally forget the founder father of USA vision who fear of God. This lady will bring America far from its creator. Words is so sweet to make everybody happy. Her plan in relation with foreign country will put USA back to obama era…Trump is putting the right path if someone change orientation will impact to the overall nation interest such as defences, economy and integrity.

  35. Your money not effected but you democrats don't care about us you put over 200 thousand out of work in Louisiana a lone why you want to do this?

  36. there is no climate problem there is a job problem stop using our tax money to throw out there it does no good throwing good money after bad you have a salary for there rest of your life I needed to feed my kids now

  37. I really like Tulsi and if she is ever allowed to become a candidate,
    I will definitely vote for her. I understand her deep feelings about her
    brothers in arms. I do not share those sentiments. If the military 
    was by forced conscription, I would feel for them, but they are
    all volunteers. Their ignorance and support are what makes these
    wars possible.These volunteers are serving corporate interests,
    and yet, we are deemed unpatriotic if we do not wave the flag
    or honor veterans. If they were fighting a legitimate war in defense
    of their own country, I would be 100% behind them. But, for corporate
    and bank profits– they will never get my support.

  38. She is just adorable in all sorts of ways. Well, she says alo-HA and Hawa-EE, which is a bit annoying, but that's all. In fact, she's the perfect compliment to Trump. Hear me out on this. Yes, he can be obnoxious, but nobody would have stood out the deep state coup, except him, not even Tulsi. Nobody would have counterpunched the MSM like him. And last but not least, nobody saw the economic China threat like he did. And on policy they're not that far from each other, at least not on his campaign.

  39. When the DNC blocks her out WRITE HER IN! She should go Green Party and start the revolution away from the Republocrats.

  40. The nut with the top knot watches too much youtube. He seems worried, parinoid even. Wonder if he knew the earth was warmer during the Bronze Age? And that the Thames River used to freeze during the last mini ice age.
    The "climate" isn't what's important. We woun't be around to be boiled slowly like frogs if we're all deep fat fried turkeys in a nuke party. At 1 Minute to midnight, STOPPING the MIC is job #1.

  41. Tulsi, thank you for your service but climate change is a hoax and we need a strong defense. Sorry you are misguided about those issues.

  42. This is what a leader sounds like..hope this is not the last time in my life i see a real leader run for President.. @

  43. Well, she had me right up until the "who we love" part. At least just be honest if you're going to go there and just say it…"no matter who you have sex with"….(And why did I know it was coming?) We all know that's the coded language here, but it just sounds so nice, and sincere, and warm and fuzzy to call it "who you love" instead of deviant, vile, sick, perverse behavior that throughout most of the history of civilization most cultures have abhorred and detested homosexual behavior as being that which will completely seduce and destroy any society that openly accepts it. This phenomenon has taken less than 20 years now to 'almost' fully envelope and corrupt the entire American culture, and many other parts of the world. Truly frightening, and deeply concerning. Where did common sense and morality go? What makes us think that that is something that is good, and should be embraced, or even bragged about, as many do now? What makes us think that we will be untouched by the evil we are bringing upon ourselves by "accepting" that which is an abomination as something that is not only good, but something to be coddled and admired?

    This isn't a Dem vs Rep thing either. Seems that most of even the so-called "conservatives" have also been seduced and/or threatened into compliance. Not even 20 years. Think about that! How did it happen? Ponder that question as well my fellow Americans and fellow sojourners on this tiny planet for a very short period of time.

    2 Peter 2:6 (NASB)
    6 and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter;

  44. This is a liberal like no other before her, certainly not Killary!! The funny thing is the liberals are up in arms against here because she is too sensible for their liking!!! She sounds like Trump!! You can bet they are hatching a plot to pull her down just like they managed to do to Bernie!!!!!

  45. Further Study:
    www.ecosense.me
    www.weatheraction.com
    www.thoriumenergyalliance.com

    The kid with the man bun is wildly mis-informed.

    Aloha!

  46. She has my vote. Just listening to her speak is a relief. Makes one realize how exhausting that never ending DC S-hit Show / Dog & Pony Show coming out of the nation's capitol every day is. People under the age of 60 do not even know what life, a society without perpetual senseless foreign military interventions and conflict, is like. Could be like. And I am not just thinking in terms of the financial burdens placed upon the American people by this. People really do not know.

    I hope her name makes it onto the ballot because I am not giving my vote to "the establishment candidate" cranked out by the Clinton Machine. And I am certainly not giving my vote to a Republican. Ever. ….it's a loooooong drop, going from Lincoln to Reagan to Bush Jr….to Trump….? There hasn't been a Republican worth voting for since circa 1860.

  47. I have to say this about nuclear arms: at this very moment there are more nuclear arms, warheads on missiles, nuclear powered submarines, etc in service and positioned around the globe….more than enough to destroy the entire planet. Yet they keep making more! Why? And think about the nuclear waste…what happens to that?

    Currently, there is more nuclear waste, decommissioned missiles and warheads, stored deep under the ground in mine shafts, buried under mountains, all over this planet — they will never admit just how much waste there actually is. These "stores" are rapidly becoming the greater threat to all of us because they remain radioactive and toxic. They will continue to be radioactive and toxic for generations to come. I can only imagine! Just going by the fact that all of these things were already in existence before I was born. I am over 50. And I am only talking about the US. What about Britain, France, Russia, China….? …take an educated guess…

    The only thing that has prevented a armed nuclear conflict is the fact that (A) nuclear weapons are non-selective which means that it doesn't matter how wealthy or powerful or clever you think you are: you cannot hide or escape from the fallout AND (B) where can they drop their bombs and missiles without hitting a "waste site" (i.e., hidden away in a mine shaft somewhere) or power plant….it is near impossible to make a "risk assessment" before ordering or executing a nuclear strike.

    Human kind will not survive, be it sitting under an American flag or any other, will not survive such a conflict. So…..what exactly are those tax dollars being spent for when the billions and billions are being paid to those arms makers? I, for one, know it is not being spent to make me or you or anyone safer. I can only imagine the billions and billions quietly disappearing in dark, secret, off shore accounts. Where are the select few going to spend all that money?!

  48. 30:00 she's 100% right. We just need to let the elite know their New Zealand bunkers aren't safe, we know where they are and we will force them to suffer with us.

  49. Excellent presentation. She is presidential! Has the necessary courage to change our present war path towards domestic and international destruction. Glad to see your students so avid and dedicated to deep questions and reasoning. Its their future!!!! Thank you!
    I am personally elated by the fact that your University accepted me as a student.. a long time ago. I had to leave the country, yet Brown stayed in my heart. Very proud of the teacher mediating! Very hopeful hearing the students as voices and actions for everyone's future! Again, thank you!

  50. Tulsi will make a great president. It's too bad she will have to wait 4 more years for the people to realize this. I can't wait until I get to see her be president. And this country should not wait that long to make it happen.

  51. !!Aloha Madam President… Mahalo forever, for your service!! Lead with Love!!!
    May CreatorGod Bless you and Protect you from Satan, Satan's demons, Satan's agents from gov't sanctioned evil and those who practice in the dark arts of fear & hate. May CreatorGod Bless these united States of America. Awomen.

  52. This important testiomony was / is forbidden to broadcast in western media – general W. Clark about Pentagon September/ October 2001 plans to wars "7 countries in 5 years" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXrnprlMyB8

  53. Tulsi is exactly right. All of the actions the US takes are replicated in all the other country's of the world. Every country on our planet is buried in Debt , We convince them to spend billions on weapons while their people starve.

  54. This is the only Democrat who could beat Trump. I just wish she wasn't pro-death and climate deceived. She should be heard but the DNC is subverting our choice.

  55. Not ready for prime time, come back in 12 or 16 years, Tulsi, and try again when more mature and with a legislative record that speaks of experience. You currently have two areas that clearly negate your candidacy, you are too young and Hindu – both are insurmountable, today. Then there is the lack of executive experience – you simply are not ready to serve in this office and it is clearly a sign of your immaturity, that you believe you have the skill set the country needs in their leader. Simply being able to list the problems before us is not sufficient enough to convince the electorate of your ability to intercede presidentially, and correct the world's wrongs. Serve your constituents in Hawaii well, gaining experience as a political figure and burnishing your credentials. As to this election cycle, you haven't a fat chance in hell of advancing, so spare your donors their loss and yours.

  56. I served overseas three times back to back, and there are some servicemen that never been nowhere. For some reason, I wonder why? Now that I'm out and my son was in, its the same thing. He will be deploy to Middle East the 2nd time, and it will be worst because the Army is bigger when I was in then now. As far as I'm concern, it's true that we are wasting money, life, and something has to change. That's why I decided to vote the right person comes election day, if not, then forget my vote…

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