"Tulsi Gabbard - Trump disgraces our military"
by The Saker, Vineyard of the Saker.com (January 13, 2020)
Trump disgraces our military by using our men & women in uniform as mercenaries serving the interests of multinational corps (e.g. Exxon) & foreign countries (e.g. Saudis). We must stand side by side—no matter our political party—to end this travesty.
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Tulsi Gabbard: “Trump disgraces our military by using our men and women in uniform as mercenaries, serving the interests of multinational corporations like ExxonMobil and foreign countries like Saudi Arabia. Now, for political reasons he claims he is against so-called endless wars, but he supports and is carrying out 19th-and-20th-century-style naked imperialism. In October of 2019, Trump began our occupation of Syrian oil fields, using the excuse that he was protecting the oil from ISIS. But he revealed his real reason is to prevent the Syrian people from having access to their own oil. What he really was considering was to plunder the oil in partnership with ExxonMobil or some other multinational corporation. On October 27, 2019 regarding Syria he said, quote:
“We are leaving soldiers to secure the oil. Now, we may have to fight for oil, that’s okay. Maybe somebody else wants the oil, in which case, they’ll have a hell of a fight. It can help us, because we should be able to take some also. And what I intend to do, perhaps, is make a deal with an ExxonMobil or one of our great companies to go in there and do it properly. Right now it’s not big. It’s big oil underground but it’s not big oil up top.”
Tulsi Gabbard: "But after our military leaders objected to his portrayal of our troops as essentially mercenaries who are pillaging the wealth of another country, Trump backed off. But then just last Friday night, he again revealed his real motives for occupying Syria’s oil fields, telling Laura Ingraham:
Donald Trump: “You know what I did? I left troops to take the oil, I took the oil. The only troops I have are taking the oil. They’re protecting the oil. I took over the oil.
Laura Ingraham:- What, we’re taking the oil? We’re not taking the oil.”
Donald Trump: “Well, maybe we will, maybe we won’t. I mean we …”
Laura Ingraham: “They’re protecting their facilities ...”
Donald Trump: “I don’t know, maybe we should take it, but we have the oil, right now. The United States has the oil.”
Tulsi Gabbard: “I call upon all Americans to stand side-by-side, including those who’ve been supporting Trump, no matter what he says or does, to recognize he is simply unfit to be commander-in-chief of our patriotic men and women serving our country in uniform. He’s essentially treating our troops as mercenaries acting as if he is Napoleon or a king. It’s time for all Americans, no matter what our political party, to put the interests of our country before the interests of Trump or any other individual or political party.”
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Ed on January 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm EST/EDT:
"Ahem. Our military disgraces our military including by not refusing to obey illegal orders. Those with rank go along to get along hoping for a nice sinecure; many of those in the lower echelons join to gratify their desire to blow sh*t up. The rest join for a pay check. What a mess.
The less I hear about this candidate, the better I like it. Obama disappointed, Trump disappointed and so will Ms. Gabbard. Bet on it."
Alejo on January 13, 2020 at 2:20 pm EST/EDT:
She forgot Israel.
By the way, USA has been taking whatever they wanted since 1776. Trump Is not an exception, stealing has been the rule for the USA.
Escucharon hablar del ladrón
GG on January 13, 2020 at 7:51 pm EST/EDT:
It is ambiguous but when she says “… serving the interests of multinational corps & foreign countries,” she is not limiting herself to one country. This is the most you can be clear about these things and still be politically viable in a country with a staunchly Zionist media and with Zionists firmly in control of both political parties, all the major think-tanks involved in policy formation, and much of the government bureacracy as well."
Flabbergasted on January 13, 2020 at 2:35 pm EST/EDT:
"Sure, Tulsi packages her message in ways not to offend certain parties (she names Saudi Arabia but remains silent on Israel). She also could have pointed out the ongoing Venezuelan coup attempt which has the same motives, but she won’t go there because our troops aren’t in danger and the public opinion believes Maduro is Stalin. Like all politicians other than perhaps Ron Paul and Dennis Kacinich, Gabbard is going to compromise some truths in exchange for political expediency. Even so, she is the lone Presidential candidate that is advocating disengagement from imperial policy. While she won’t come out and acknowledge that there is a deep state or that the political system is systemically broken, at least she is moving against he tide. She does have “guts” and is infinitely preferable than anyone else. And she is sane."
amarynth on January 14, 2020 at 4:23 am EST/EDT:
"Tulsi Gabbard is talking about an issue that needs talking about. She is attempting to wake people up to the fact that the US is incessantly in warfare against the rest of this planet. I have never seen that coming from an American politician excepting maybe Ron Paul, and to a much smaller extent, Rand Paul – there is one other, but I forget his name now.
If anyone read The Saker’s interview with Michael Hudson just recently, one has to change your view about Israel (the country) somewhat. Michael Hudson made a nuanced comment in his description about Israel. Zionism now lives in the the White House and in the lawmaking US governing bodies. There is no difference between Zionism in the US, and Zionism in Israel. There is no wall between the two entities – they are one.
The balance of power and locus of control has changed however, with the decisions now being made in the US, and Israel, the country in the ME, now just being a kind of lily pad for power projection. The US Zionist cadre is now the dog, and Israel the country in the ME is the tail. It is simple to see in financials ...
Israel gets money from the US – they are a cost center. They pay some back to buy influence in the US.
The US gets paid money for their soldiers specifically from Saudi Arabia – the US defense forces are now a profit center. The House of Saud pays for US military protection. (And has anyone ever seen dirty or clean money that Trump does not like?)
That is what Tulsi’s point is here – that the US soldiers are being used as mercenaries and the US taxpayer pays for this. And she is absolutely right – it is a deep disgrace. They are not defense forces any longer, but a pure mercenary army that is being rented out for warmaking and defending with arms the indefensible. In Trump’s head, a businessman’s head, he has this free resource, the military, that the taxpayers have already paid for – it is a profit making dream in business terms – so, he might as well use this free resource to make money. So, war for the US is now clearly a business and their wars are Zionist Banker’s wars and this mercenary army steals and plunders for the US. There is no morality in this. We can be thankful to Trump that his use of the US military as mercenaries is at least out in the open now and thankful to Tulsi Gabbard that she is exposing this."
Anonymous on January 14, 2020 at 9:12 pm EST/EDT:
"Does Tulsi Gabbard regret that she participated in an American war of aggression against Iraq based on lies about Iraqi WMDs and indeed joined up for not 1 but 2 tours of duty in this criminal war?
Also, would she agree to the United States of America being put on trial in a Nuremberg-style Tribunal for this criminal war (and others)?
And would she agree that the United States of America should pay War Reparations to Iraq (and other nations) that is has committed the Supreme International Crime against?
On all three questions, I think we know how Tulsi 'Peace Candidate' Gabbard would answer . . ."
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