Chutzpah: Dem congresswoman and combat vet Gabbard dares to challenge Obama over Islamic extremism

There are some things just as predictable as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west — and it’s very true in politics as well. A good friend of mine, Lieutenant Colonel Rich Berry (Army, Ret) told me to be on the lookout for one young Democrat running for Congress from Hawaii named Tulsi Gabbard. Well, this Army combat veteran was elected in 2014 and has been making her voice heard.

Last week I had the good fortune to meet Rep. Gabbard and share some quick comments. But, I warned her of one thing — watch yer six!

Fox News writes that Rep. Gabbard was born in American Samoa as one of five children and moved to Hawaii as a toddler. Her parents, strict social conservatives, were elected to public office in Hawaii — her father, Mike Gabbard, to the state Senate, and her mother, Carol Gabbard, to the statewide Board of Education.

“In 2002 at age 21, Gabbard was the youngest person ever elected to the Hawaii Legislature. The following year, she enlisted with the Hawaii National Guard, and was voluntarily deployed in 2004 to Iraq with the 29th Brigade. On the military front, she made a name for herself, awarded the Meritorious Service Medal during Operation Iraqi Freedom and designated a distinguished honor graduate at Fort McClellan’s Officer Candidate School.”

But she may be facing her biggest challenge, just for speaking the truth.

“She was Hawaii’s golden girl after winning a seat in Congress with support from top liberal groups, but now that Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been critical of President Obama, her political reputation in the bluest of blue states is taking a hit. That isn’t stopping the twice-deployed 33-year-old Army veteran from continuing to challenge the president, her home state’s favorite son, over his refusal to identify terror groups like the Islamic State as driven by “radical Islam.”

“Every soldier knows this simple fact: If you don’t know your enemy, you will not be able to defeat him,” Gabbard told Fox News. “Our leaders must clearly identify the enemy as Islamist extremists, understand the ideology that is motivating them and attracting new recruits, and focus on defeating that enemy both militarily and ideologically.”Gabbard has been hitting this message for weeks now, putting her at odds with many in her party who toe the line that the Islamic State should not be associated with Islam.”

Last Friday morning I ran into Rep. Gabbard for the second time, at the Fox News DC bureau when she was recording this interview. She has quickly become a very popular figure on the top-rated cable station.

So there you have it ladies and gents, Rep. Gabbard has doubly angered the gods of liberal progressive collectivism — she speaks her own mind in disagreement with the leader of her political party. And she appears regularly on Fox News — that hated news channel.

Therefore Rep. Gabbard has once again entered into a combat zone — one I deployed onto as well — the battlefield called politics. (And I must admit having members of your own party redraw congressional district lines to your disadvantage was eye opening for me, to say the least).

Well, Rep. Gabbard is about to have an eye opening experience as well.

“Gabbard called “mind-boggling” Obama’s refusal to associate ISIS with the Muslim religion, even though the terrorist army is emphatic it is enforcing a strict interpretation of Islam. “[Obama] is completely missing the point of this radical Islamic ideology that’s fueling these people,” she said. Her comments have stunned political experts in her home state. “It is very, very unusual for a junior member in the president’s own party to criticize him,” said Colin Moore, assistant professor at the University of Hawaii Department of Political Science. “Especially for someone considered a rising star in the party. This is a serious gamble for her.” Michael W. Perry, of Hawaii’s most popular KSSK Radio’s “Perry & Price Show,” said that “while Gabbard is correct in her ’emperor has no clothes’ moment, she may have lost her future seat on Hawaii’s political bench.” He said she’s committed “a mortal sin” by challenging Obama, and “now the knives are out.”

Can you imagine the outcry if someone on the center-right referred to Rep. Gabbard’s future in politics by stating, “now the knives are out?” What is her offense? Having a brain and a thought of her own and not being a lock-step zombie of the apocalypse known as today’s progressive socialist Democrat Party?

Now, I don’t know Rep. Gabbard’s complete voting record and stance on other issues, but she’s spot on when it comes to national security and foreign affairs. Where is Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Elizabeth Warren, or Sandra Fluke? Surely this is representative of the “war on women” — and a combat veteran at that! Such an incredible hypocrisy. I warned Rep. Gabbard when I saw her to watch it and that her outspoken truth would eventually be a problem — sadly it seems my assessment was correct, even sooner than I thought.

And so it begins — this bright young female combat veteran now goes under the progressive socialist knife.

“The editorial board of the online political news journal Civil Beat, owned by eBay Founder Pierre Omiydar, said “the bright-red Right” is promoting her criticism but she is not “presenting serious policy arguments.”

“One wonders where Gabbard is going with this. Sure, the Iraq war veteran and rising political star is achieving national prominence in a high-profile discussion. But at what cost?” the editorial board wrote, saying her comments could be dismissed “as pandering from a young pol with lofty ambitions.”

“Bob Jones, columnist for the Oahu-based Midweek, wrote a scathing piece suggesting Gabbard should be challenged in 2016. “I take serious issue when somebody who’s done a little non-fighting time in Iraq, and is not a Middle East or Islamic scholar, claims to know better than our President and Secretary of State how to fathom the motivations of terrorists, or how to refer to them beyond the term that best describes them — terrorists,” Jones said.”

See here is how it works. Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal can “misremember” being in Vietnam but no big deal — as long as he toes the liberal progressive line. VA Secretary Robert McDonald can “misremember” that he was not a member of Special Forces — no big deal as long as you lie about firing VA bureaucrats and cut the budget of the Choice Act.

However, if you are a junior congresswoman, a combat veteran and speak out against President Obama, you are referred to as “somebody who’s done a little non-fighting time in Iraq.” As well, you are categorized as “not a Middle East or Islamic scholar, (who) claims to know better than our president and secretary of state how to fathom the motivations of terrorists.”

In other words, to these progressive socialists, Captain Tulsi Gabbard, US House of Representatives Member, is just some dumb woman.

So where is the outrage liberals, about this abhorrent castigation and sentiment towards this veteran? How many of you don’t see this as utter hypocrisy by the left as Rep. Gabbard has gone from Democrat darling to a non-fighting dummy in their estimation? How typical of the Alinskyites and their mantra of character assassination, even to their own. You see, what Rep. Gabbard will learn is that progressive socialists don’t care for our warriors. Her goal was to be just be there in Congress and provide cover for the House Democrat caucus.

Just like former Democrat Members of Congress, Joe Sestak and Patrick Murphy, both from Pennsylvania who were elected in 2006 – Gabbard’s role was to support Democrat anti-military stances, then it was to speak out against the combat operations in Iraq.

And I hate to say this, but Illinois Representative Tammy Duckworth has fallen in line with they Democrat collective — one would think she’d speak out more strongly against the reconstitution of al-Qaida in Iraq as ISIS. Funny, you don’t see anybody talking about “the knives are out” when it comes to Rep. Duckworth — I guess she knows how to play the game of politics and stay silent. Sadly, she does not speak up or out for fellow veterans — and she was once a VA bureaucrat.

But don’t expect this warrior from Hawaii to back down. “I’m not naïve,” Gabbard said. “It could hurt me politically, but I don’t worry about it because that’s not what I care about. … Our national security and the future of our country is infinitely more important than partisan politics or my personal political future.”

And others are noticing her courage. “Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who directed the Defense Intelligence Agency, said this should not be a political issue. “[Gabbard] has taken a very courageous stand in a party that just refuses to face reality,” he said. Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who directed the Defense Intelligence Agency, said this should not be a political issue. Decorated intelligence officer and noted specialist on Islamic law, Stephen Coughlin, who authored the book “Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad,” set for release in March, also sided with Gabbard. “Rep. Gabbard is correct as a matter of history, she is correct as a matter of current events, and she is correct of published Islamic law.”

“It is encouraging to see a bright young woman like Congresswoman Gabbard in politics in Hawaii, speaking up the way she is doing,” said retired Lt. Col. Orson Swindle, a native of my mom’s hometown of Camilla, Georgia and a former Hawaii GOP congressional candidate who spent seven years in a POW camp in Vietnam, and was awarded 20 military decorations for valor in combat including two silver stars and two purple hearts.

Well, you can add me to that list of folks standing with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii because soldiers don’t leave their buddies on the battlefield. As I told her last Wednesday beneath the Capitol after voting – if you need me, I will be there to support and assist.

This treatment is horrific and should not stand, just because she speaks the truth.

And if she is only a one-term Member of Congress, her future will be even brighter. If the liberal progressives of Hawaii challenge Rep. Gabbard in a primary there will be many of us behind the scenes lending support to this veteran — one of our own.

Because the progressives are showing she’s not one of their own, the modern Democrat Party is not the party of John F. Kennedy and is not open to dissenting views and have no place for conservatives — at least the Republican Party allows open debate and has moderates and even progressives. We embrace the individual and reject the collective.

My message to Rep. Gabbard, Army strong!

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covertaffairs
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DONT BE FOOLED – SHE IS A DIEHARD LIBERAL!!! SHE IS NO BETTER THAN HILLARY CLINTON

http://www.ontheissues.org/house/Tulsi_Gabbard.htm

Curly Bill
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You are absolutely right Bandit. But she’ll fool a bunch of nearsighted people. Makes you want to say “aw kcuf” backward.

covertaffairs
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it is driving me NUTS people are actually saying she should be president and she is an amazing patriot blah blah blah!! yet nobody has done ANY research into what she stands for. the praise for a woman who supports NO limitations on abortion, wants our military cut, wants us to stay part of the UN, die-hard femenist, ect etc and people acting like she is the virgin mary. INSANE!

even hilitary clinton hates obama – yet nobody praising her – she is just like gabbard!

lol

Bigolfascist
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I wish Col West had vetted her better, rather than on a sound bite.

Curly Bill
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Thanks hon for catching this.m

covertaffairs
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FB is prob going to ban me for spamming this stuff. but its driving me nuts the idiots who are groveling at her feet. lol

Curly Bill
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That’s alright pal. My been kicked outa better places. (-:

covertaffairs
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LMAO i know. me too. but stupid me im using my real account and not a sock :/

Curly Bill
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I replied to you but they won’t let it through. Sdratsab spell backwards.
What I said was oh tihs, spelled backward.

Dday
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Still a lib. Probably would make a good establishment rebublican. Not much difference.

Uncle Ruckus
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Funny that you loons claim Obama
Is dividing the country

Dale E Strein
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Uncle Fuckus you are an obvious socialist libtard!!

Kinneret
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He did it big time,2015 feels like the 60’s with racial divide, the Sad thing is you all voted for him just because he is black regardless what he stand for, and who he is… a Muslim and anti America. .

Tommy Lee
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You’d have to have your head buried pretty far up his ass not to see that.

Uncle Ruckus
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and you have to wear TIN FOIL HATS to see that

Tommy Lee
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Out for another breath, huh Ruckus.

Uncle Ruckus
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Obama got OSAMA….bush didn’t…nuff said!

Paul Deckelman
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By that standard, Bush “got” Saddam Hussein – whom even Bill Clinton had compared to a modern-day Hitler when Bill explained in 1998 why he had ordered the bombing of Iraq and justifying “regime change” for Iraq as U.S. policy.

Paul Deckelman
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“Obama got OSAMA?” Get real, Ruckus! The SEALs on the ground in Pakistan “got Osama” – while Obama was called in (probably from practicing his golf game on the South Lawn of the White House) for the photo-op of everyone sitting around the TV monitor in the Situation Room watching the live video feed of what was going down. But let’s be fair and give some credit where some credit is due – I’ll give Obama ONE cheer (while the SEALs deserve 33 cheers) – for not screwing up the mission and forcing it to be aborted the same way… Read more »
Uncle Ruckus
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And he still go Osama…Bush didnt

Tommy Lee
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Take a deep breath this time. Nuff said? I’m no fan of Bush, but the fact that Obama is 2/3rds of his way through his Presidency and you still bring up Bush as a comparison is telling.

sharondj
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Crap,brave young men got Osama!!

sharondj
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Do you not know how long that was being set up??

sharondj
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Sad,that is the only thing you can give him credit for!

Dale E Strein
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Yeah but GW BUSH set the blood hounds out to find Osama &Obama took the credit you Dufus!!

covertaffairs
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Tacjam4
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Democrats put Obama, Pelosi and Reid over our own Country! They all know Obama’s amnesty is illegal, yet they fight on his behalf instead of the Constitution! They know Obama is going to try to give Iran a nukes and sign a bad deal, one that put Iran before our long time Ally Isreal, all I hear from Democrats is CRICKETS! Democrats also know ISIS and Al Qaeda is growing in size, strength and financially, they just stare in the air! Democrats aren’t demanding the truth about the IRS because Obama’s Administration stuck their feet in that well! Liberals and… Read more »
DD788Snipe
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All about power and money. Absolute power corrupts Absolutely.

Dale E Strein
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Yes I agree with you 110%. They were born Libtard Dumocrats not US CITIZENS don’t you understand!! Many were born in the People’s Republic of Cambridge, MA .NO Wonder the Phoney Indian E Warren worked at Libtard Harvard Univ.& Became a US Senator!!

Kinneret
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Well said, and all true, they R a bunch of greedy and corrupted party of lies!

Craig
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Yes, prog libtards will be death to America!

Hugie59 PA
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A strong candidate for admission to the “Profiles In Courage” book written by JF Kennedy prior to his becoming president. The Democrat Party is unfortunately a regressive party looking to promote equality of outcome at the expense of a destroyed economy, divisiveness, and placing us and our closes allies in jeopardy of annihilation.

Gramsonfire
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What!? A JFK democrat in the democrat party? Didn’t she get the memo about needing to be a “progressive”? What most democrats don’t seem to realize is that the party has been taken over by socialists who could never be elected if they ran as socialists. But since most just vote party line and don’t like to be informed, or pay attention to what’s happening, they just keep reelecting the same old socialists and progressives.

DD788Snipe
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Absolutely correct and spot on sir. I have been screaming that for the last 10 years and no one believes me. Keep speaking out every chance you get. It all started with my C.I.C. Jimmy Carter and has continued to get worse ever since.

Gramsonfire
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It actually started with LBJ on a large scale and Carter expanded on the socialist policies that he instituted. You are probably too young to remember LBJ; he was a crude and uncouth person, but a very skilled politician. Look up the video of LBJ in the White House after he signed the civil rights bill that he had voted against every time it came up for a vote in congress. He was a real S.O.B., He said,” After this, we’ll have those n……s voting democrat for the next 200 years.” So the democrats stole the credit for the civil… Read more »
DD788Snipe
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No I’m not too young. I remember that. My family is from Texas and they all hated LBJ. His great society crap and war on poverty has cost this nation billions and didn’t change a thing. Carter just had such an effect on my life’s decisions because I was in the Navy during his presidency and the socialist policy’s that he pushed. He solidified me as a life long Reagan conservative. LBJ was the ultimate hypocrite and yes was a very nasty man. But he was an anti-communist.

repub2
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Thank you Shae McMillan for the information. You, like me, try to inform others of the truth, not just taking an article or two as gospel.

Gene Moser
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“…she made a name for herself, awarded the Meritorious Service Medal during Operation Iraqi Freedom…” – If you know anything about military decorations, you would know that the MSM is not authorized to be awarded for anything to do with combat. I was awarded oak leaf clusters to both the MSM and the ArCOM during Gulf War I, but I was in Virginia about to retire. I was NOT in either Saudi Arabia or Kuwait and had nothing to do with the operation other getting ready to evaluate some RC units being activated to go over.

Robert Shockley
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The MSM was previously awarded as a decoration for achievement during
peacetime; effective 11 September 2001, this decoration may also be
bestowed in lieu of the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement in a designated combat theater.[1] Normally, the acts or services rendered must be comparable to that required for the Legion of Merit but in a duty of lesser, though considerable, responsibility.

Gene Moser
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I’ll take you at your word. But, if so, the awards system has once more been degraded. Careful review would show that the Air Medal, the Bronze Star, and the Commendation Medal were designed to be equal for air, ground, and support. This is no longer the case. I see no difference then between a Bronze Star for achievement/service and a MSM – unless the MSM is given to say “well, you did good, but not quite good enough.” These comments for the MSM given in a “combat theater” and not peace time or rear area.
sebastiandunbar
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UNfortunately (if and when) there is an attack in this country, the American people will rise up and demand that enough is enough and no moderate Muslim will be able to feel safe again, for their businesses, their holdings… It’s an unfortunate set of circumstances, but when you sting the paws of a lion you’re going to get bit. We’ve had enough of listening to the talk and demand more action.

JCBoston69
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“Moderate Muslim”? You know what the difference between a “Moderate Muslim” and a Muslim Fundamentalist is? The Muslim Fundamentalist wants to behead you. The “Moderate Muslim” want the Muslim Fundamentalist to behead you.

FRANCES LOUISE
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Want to understand the ideology that motivates these terrorists? Read the Koran and Hadith – Iranian top Shariah Lawyer says that they are NOT Islamic “radicals” rather they ARE Islamic FUNDAMENTALISTS: http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2015/02/27/6-eye-opening-things-you-might-not-have-known-about-islam-from-a-top-shariah-lawyer/ Then watch this excellent video explain that Islam is NOT a religion – fact is that as a religion it was a total failure – Mohammed in Mecca only made 150 converts in 10 years – BUT when he went to Medina and took up the sword and forced people into another from of governance with brutality, torture, slaughter, beheadings and crucifixions the entire Arabian peninsula of over… Read more »
JCBoston69
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Sorry, Col. West…I’m a veteran too and here’s how I see it. If you’re a liberal, you’re pretty stupid, but maybe it’s all you know. If you enlisted and fought a war for this country and you’re STILL a liberal, you’re either the dumbest of the dumb or you’re just a traitor. Either way, you have more contempt from me than your average stupid lib.

CLASYS
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She should follow in the steps of John Conley and switch parties; then we might believe her position.

Jay Riley
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Hopefully this brave woman will join me (a recovering [former] Democrat) in realizing that the DNC is tolerant in name only, and will join the big tent of the GOP.