A Democratic congresswoman is calling on the US government to stop the “madness” of funding and arming terrorists in the Middle East.
She believes US foreign policies seeking to upset foreign governments prove no vital role for the country.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, said Saturday the United States is funding and arming Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.
The US Army veteran has introduced legislation to stop terrorist financing and is voicing her goals through the media.
She posted a video on Twitter of her speech before the House in which she stated:
Under US law it is illegal for you or me to provide any type of assistance to Al-Qaeda, ISIS or other terrorist groups. If we broke this law, we’d be thrown in jail.
She further called out US officials:
The US government has been violating this law for years, directly and indirectly supporting allies and partners of groups like Al-Qeada and ISIS with money, weapons, intelligence and other support in their fight to overthrow the Syrian government.
Gabbard is a member of the House Committees on Foreign Affairs and Armed Services.
She introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists Act Thursday. While introducing the bill, Gabbard cited New York Times and Wall Street Journal articles that said the rebels the U.S. is supporting in Syria are allied with Al-Nusra, an Al-Qeada affiliate.
— Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiPress) December 9, 2016
Gabbard’s claim is backed up by a speech former secretary of state Hillary Clinton delivered to Goldman Sachs. Clinton said Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates are funding Jihadists in Syria.
Gabbard wants it all to end.
We must stop this madness. We must stop arming terrorists.
Her bill will prohibit any federal agency from supporting a terrorist group or funneling support through other countries that directly or indirectly support terrorists.
A few weeks ago Gabbard met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower. Her bill is co-sponsored by Trump ally California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher.
She said on CNN Friday that she’s glad that Trump’s “talking about ending our country’s interventionist regime change policies.”
Gabbard may have an ally in Trump going forward.
He’s opposed to increased intervention in foreign wars or conflicts.
How well Trump and US lawmakers can back away from previous interventionist policies may prove one of Trump’s greatest achievements, or a nightmare for foreign relations.
Trump will have to unite many differing frames of thought here, and navigate a minefield of foreign intentions abroad.
h/t: The Daily Caller