Presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard’s November, 2018 tweet about Trump and Saudi Arabia is relevant as ever, especially after Trump vetoed a bill calling for the end of US involvement in the Saudi slaughter of innocents in Yemen and also his unwillingness to call out the Saudis on the brutal murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi.
However, when it comes to Israel and its manifest crimes against humanity, Gabbard is not nearly as outspoken. Of course, she knows how the game is played. If you criticize Israel, you will not make it in Congress, let alone gain the DNC nomination. In fact, if you’re a congress person, you’re expected to lavish praise on the Zionist apartheid state of Israel.
Gabbard has taken money from Israel First lobbyists. Granted, it was a pittance compared to what other congress critters received (she received just shy of $22,000 while others, for instance Bradley Scott Schneider of Illinois, raked in over $300,000), but she signaled she is eager to accept blood money.
In other words, she’s pretty much like most other Democrats and Republicans, making sure to lavish praise on Israel while taking cash from its army of lobbyists. This situation is hardwired into the corporate political process.
“As long as the government and the corporate-owned media are able to maintain their stranglehold on what passes for the two-party system in the U.S., nothing will change,” writes Robert Fantina. “Politicians will do the bidding of the lobbies that support them, ignoring the will of the people. Suffering in the U.S. and globally will be ignored, as long as the U.S.’s elected officials are able to keep their low-challenging, high-paying jobs.”
I agree with Gabbard on Syria, Saudi Arabia, and neoliberal “nation-building” (actually nation destruction) and endless war, but I’m concerned about her willingness to go along to get along and bend to foreign governments raiding the Treasury and daily committing war crimes, including the murder of children, medics, unarmed demonstrators, and journalists.
If Tulsi condemned Israel and announced she was leaving the Democrat party to run as an Independent—and condemned Israel like she has condemned Saudi Arabia—I might vote for her, even with all her socialist baggage, simply to get some momentum building on ending the wars.
I believe there are to critical issues the need to be resolved: 1) the end of forever war and closing down the obscene death merchant profit machine, and 2) dismantle the Federal Reserve and its MMT (Modern Monetary Theory) schemes directing wealth upward and hollowing out the middle class.
Tulsi Gabbard would never be able to put an end to this madness if she won the election (which she will not—the Democrats will pull a Bernie Sanders on her if she gets too close to the throne of the imperial presidency).
If she wants to remain in Congress, she will need to continue her praise of Israel and its ethnic cleansing, killing and imprisonment of children and other innocents, and bribing “representatives of the people” (sic) in the US to keep sending billions of dollars a year to the apartheid Zionist state.