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Giving Voice to Millions of Americans End US Wars of Intervention


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Sheryl
- 775 days ago - thenation.com
I felt it was critical to meet with Donald Trump now, before warmongering neocons convince him to escalate the Syrian conflict. Tulsi Gabbard



   

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Sheryl G (359)
Monday February 6, 2017, 3:35 pm
Article for those who can view it

I recently met with President-elect Donald Trump to give voice to the millions of Americans, including my fellow veterans, who desperately want to end our country’s illegal, counterproductive war to overthrow the Syrian government. We had an hour-long, meaningful, back-and-forth discussion about the problems with current US policy in Syria and where to go from here.

I felt it critical to meet with him now, before warmongering neocons convince him to escalate this war that has already taken more than 400,000 lives and left millions of Syrians homeless and in search of safety for themselves and their families.

I conveyed to the president-elect how the post-9/11 neocon agenda of interventionism and regime change has left US foreign policy absurdly disconnected from our actual security interests. Our actions to overthrow secular dictators in Iraq and Libya, and attempts now to do the same in Syria, have resulted in tremendous loss of life, failed nations, and even worse humanitarian crises while strengthening the very terrorist organizations that have declared war on America.

Since 2011, the United States—working with Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, and Turkey—has been providing support to “rebel groups” fighting to overthrow the government and take over Syria. A recent New York Times article reported that these “rebel groups” supported by the United States “have entered into battlefield alliances with the affiliate of Al Qaeda in Syria, formerly known as Al Nusra.” How the United States can work hand-in-hand with the very terrorist organization that is responsible for the killing of 3,000 Americans on 9/11 boggles my mind and curdles my blood.

This absurd alliance has allowed terrorist groups like Al Qaeda to establish strongholds throughout Syria, including in Aleppo, where they are now using the civilian population as human shields and their deaths as propaganda tools.

Additionally, escalating this regime-change war by implementing a “no-fly/safe zone” in Syria would not only be ineffective, it would put the United States in direct military confrontation with nuclear-power Russia, require tens of thousands of ground troops and a massive US air presence, and commit us to yet another endless war in the Middle East that does not serve American or Syrian interests.

In short, even if the US-Saudi alliance were successful in overthrowing the Syrian government, we would be saddled with the responsibility of building a new nation in Syria. Trillions of US taxpayer dollars, and who knows how many American lives, will be lost, and there will be little to show for it. As was true in Iraq and Libya, the United States has no credible government or leader able to bring order, security, and freedom to the people of Syria if Assad is overthrown. To maintain order after Assad’s fall would require at least 500,000 troops in a never-ending occupation.

The most likely outcome of this regime-change war is that it will open the door for ISIS, Al Qaeda, and other terrorist groups who are the most powerful fighting forces on the ground, to take over all of Syria, amass powerful weapons (many of which will have been provided to them by the United States), and pose a far worse threat to the Syrian people, religious minorities, and to the world.

The crux of my advice to President-elect Trump was this: We must end this ill-conceived, counterproductive regime-change war immediately. We must focus our precious resources on investing in and rebuilding our own country and on defeating Al Qaeda, ISIS, and other terrorist groups that pose a threat to the American people.
 

Sue H (7)
Monday February 6, 2017, 4:02 pm
Great article but I'm thinking that the Vile one is more than ripe for war. He seems to be doing everything he can to provoke anyone he can. :(
 

JL A (281)
Monday February 6, 2017, 4:05 pm
Thanks Dandelion--she is a leader who honors her oath of office. I wonder how similar the dynamics are of our support of the Saudis in Yemen to what she reports.
 

Freya H (345)
Monday February 6, 2017, 4:23 pm
Our "war on terror" has resulted in more terrorism than ever before. What we need is to provide more food and fewer bombs. However, helping the impoverished become self-sufficient is just plain not sexy enough.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Monday February 6, 2017, 4:46 pm
Not sexy enough but being a humanitarian doesn't make the Greedy Heartless Ones money, like selling bombs and using fossil fuel to keep wars going.
 

David C (80)
Monday February 6, 2017, 4:52 pm
sadly, I believe that so-called president wants to be a "war president" and its not just syria, but iran, china, and anyone else he can provoke........
 

Sheryl G (359)
Monday February 6, 2017, 5:31 pm
He certainly isn't offering much in the line of diplomacy. But let us not forget, our Peace Prize President had us in war his entire 8 years......
 

Peggy B (43)
Monday February 6, 2017, 8:40 pm
Tyfs
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday February 6, 2017, 11:20 pm
Time to end the war-mongering murdering actions of the Bush, Clinton and Obama Administrations.
 

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Tuesday February 7, 2017, 4:17 am
Noted, Thanks
 

Animae C (507)
Tuesday February 7, 2017, 4:30 am
The US will always be at war & frump isn't going to change it, he's talking about increasing your military because the 1% have huge investments in anything to do with war.
Just my little simple opinion : )
 

W. C (7)
Tuesday February 7, 2017, 8:34 am
Thank you.
 

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Tuesday February 7, 2017, 10:12 am
Noted, Thank you
 

Betty K (304)
Tuesday February 7, 2017, 1:54 pm
Enough! No more wars!!!
 

Janet B (0)
Tuesday February 7, 2017, 5:47 pm
Thanks
 

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday February 7, 2017, 11:07 pm
Agree with David that this the feeling I getting from Trump....War not Peace. He's going backward with his ways. Thanks Dandelion
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Wednesday February 8, 2017, 2:21 am
Why dont all the countries in the world have a moritorium on all warfare for fifty years. In the 51 st year, no one would want to fight.
 

Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday February 8, 2017, 7:25 am
Yes Obama was at war for 8th years Sheryl but he didn't start any of them.About Syria it's apparently OK to let Assad "barrel-bomb" the civilians and for Russia to bomb the hospitals in Aleppo?
 

Janet B (0)
Wednesday February 8, 2017, 3:04 pm
Thanks
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Wednesday February 8, 2017, 11:50 pm
Thanks again
 

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday February 9, 2017, 7:20 am
Oh? How about Libya Arild? Supplying arms to Saudi Arabia that has been using those in Yemen. Now that is not fair Arild you know I'm not for war period, so certainly it's not okay for Syria and Russia to do what they did, just as it was a broken promise by Obama to withdraw all troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
 

Chen Boon Fook (0)
Thursday February 9, 2017, 7:34 am
thanks for posting.
 

Anne K (139)
Thursday February 9, 2017, 3:23 pm
Thanks, Dandelion.
 

Christina Klein (0)
Friday February 10, 2017, 4:10 pm
Thanks!
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday February 10, 2017, 4:32 pm
Sorry, kiddies, I agree completely with Eva Bartlett's assessment on Syria, and not with what is being peddled by the American propaganda machine about Putin's Russia
EVA BARTLETT destroys mainstream media lies. What's really going on in Syria.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday February 10, 2017, 4:34 pm
PLUS the so-called Trump executive on denying SEVEN countries entry to the U.S. because of their Muslim populations, ISN'T a Trump plan. He's carrying it forward, having been created under the Obama Administration.
 

Nang Hai C (0)
Saturday February 11, 2017, 3:30 am
Noted.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday February 11, 2017, 4:58 am
I agree Darren.I trust Eva Bartlett as well as do I with Dennis Kucinich, his wife, and Tulsi Gabbard. Now Tulsi it the new voice on the block but Dennis has been in this a long long time and I trust his judgement.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday February 11, 2017, 5:35 am
Here is another link, a bit shorter concerning Eva Bartlett The Pipeline That Saudi Arabia Wanted to Push Through Syria

Isn't it always about the oil and gas?
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday February 11, 2017, 5:51 am
Yes, the two most precious commodities which most of the "developed industrialized" world require, UNLESS the fight for cleaner, greener alternatives gets a MASSIVE marketing surge. . .
 

Angelika R (143)
Saturday February 11, 2017, 5:33 pm
For anyone who trusts and believes Bartlett, Tulsi etc it would be LOGICAL and appropriate to NOT trust the propaganda media, mainly US & UK; hence not parrot the allegations as mentioned again in this thread.
It is past sickening by now!
Perhaps have another good listening/reading of their accounts, videos and writings to finally understand, even now after that horror chapter of Aleppo is over(well, almost,except that again it is the Russians NOW CLEANING UP TTHE MESS the US sponsored terrorists left behind! Still sappers are de-mining thousands and thousands of explosives in civilian areas), that each and every hospital was functioning as a terrorist base.
And not only the 'hospitals'.
 
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