During Pres. Obama’s last week in office, Democrat Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii made a secretive trip to Lebanon and Syria, and met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In company with former Ohio Democrat Congressman, Dennis Kucinich.
The only US government authority advised of her trip, was the Pentagon. As a Major in the Hawaii National Guard, Gabbard is required to advise her chain of command of any foreign travel.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was not advised. (Though Pelosi could be lying.) With Obama’s presidency now over, Pelosi is the highest ranking Democrat holding elected office, not to mention Gabbard’s ‘boss’ in the House.
Gabbard’s claim that it was a ‘fact-finding’ trip, doesn’t hold water. Congressional fact-finding trips are organized by House leadership of one or both major parties, and include a panel of Congressman. Not one elected, and one former Congressman. And, rarely are they secret trips.
Gabbard clearly met with Assad at someone’s behest. But, who? It obviously wasn’t Pres. Trump. He simply wasn’t in office yet.
Traveling there in Pres. Obama’s stead would make more sense. Despite all the smoke & mirrors, Obama never wanted to see Pres. Assad ousted. And, Obama did all he could to ensure nothing the US did regarding Syria, caused Assad being deposed.
One aspect that has to be considered a possible factor in her trip, is that all the ‘protections’ for the Obama Administration’s left-over ‘dirt’, including any trail of armaments for ISIS leading back to Benghazi, are now off with Trump in the White House.
Not being of the Washington Cartel of politics, Pres. Trump is not beholden to protecting them from their dirty dealings. The former Obama Administration, will get no such favors from Pres. Trump, as the former Clinton Administration got from Pres. George W. Bush regarding the Gorelick Memo making 9/11 possible.
For now, what message or purpose Gabbard was sent to meet Assad with, remains a mystery. In an interview since returning, Gabbard simply echoed Pres. Assad’s tired old song about Syria’s rebels and ISIS being one in the same.
This ignores the fact that ISIS was originally formed by Pres. Assad’s regime as al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) in 2003 to fight US forces, including Gabbard herself, who served in Iraq from 2004 to 2006. She knows full well who AQI/ISIS was/is, as she echoes Pres. Assad’s propaganda.
She’s also sidestepping the fact that ISIS acted as a shadow army against Syrian rebels eastern flanks, while Assad attacked from the south, with his Russian, Iranian, and Hezbollah allies.
Tulsi Gabbard the politician, is an enigma among Democrats. She’s never seemed to be in either the Clinton or Obama camps at all. She resigned as Vice-Chair of the DNC last year in protest of the Democrat Party elite’s rigging of the nomination process in Hillary Clinton’s favor, at the expense of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Maneuvers such as this trip however, reveal she is possibly a rising Democrat Party power amid the leadership vacuum left by Hillary Clinton’s defeat.