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Dec 9th, 2016 | By | Category: News Posts
Congresswoman Gabbard, a veteran, has served two tours in Iraq and understands who the enemy that threatens us is.

Congresswoman Gabbard, a veteran, has served two tours in Iraq and understands who the enemy that threatens us is.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is the author of H.R. 4108, a bipartisan bill to end U.S. efforts to overthrow the Syrian Arab Republic led by President Bashar al-Assad. The bill, filed in November by her and Republican Austin Scott of Georgia, is titled “To prohibit the use of funds for the provision of assistance to Syrian opposition groups and individuals.”

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a twice-deployed combat veteran, said the intent of the bill is to “Bring an immediate end to the illegal, counter-productive war to overthrow the Syrian government of Assad.”

“Our primary mission should be the war against ISIS, al Qaeda, and radical Islamic extremists that have operations both inside and outside of Syria and Iraq.  Those groups have carried out attacks on American allies, and are currently threatening attacks on our homeland.  This represents a clear and present danger to our citizens, and I support eliminating these radical Islamic terrorists through any means necessary.  Working to remove Assad at this stage is counter-productive,” she said.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard listed 10 reasons the U.S. must end its war to overthrow the Syrian government of Assad:

  1. Because if we succeed in overthrowing the Syrian government of Assad, it will open the door for ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other Islamic extremists to take over all of Syria.  There will be genocide and suffering on a scale beyond our imagination.  These Islamic extremists will take over all the weaponry, infrastructure, and military hardware of the Syrian army and be more dangerous than ever before.
  2. Because overthrowing the Syrian government of Assad is the goal of ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other Islamic extremist groups. We should not be allying ourselves with these Islamic extremists by helping them achieve their goal because it is against the security interests of the United States and all of civilization.
  3. Because the money and weapons the CIA is providing to overthrow the Syrian government of Assad are going directly or indirectly into the hands of the Islamic extremist groups, including al-Qaeda affiliates, al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham, and others who are the actual enemies of the United States.  These groups make up close to 90 percent of the so-called opposition forces, and are the most dominant fighters on the ground.
  4. Because our efforts to overthrow Assad have increased and will continue to increase the strength of ISIS and other Islamic extremists, thus making them a bigger regional and global threat.
  5. Because this war has exacerbated the chaos and carnage in Syria and, along with the terror inflicted by ISIS and other Islamic extremist groups fighting to take over Syria, continues to increase the number of Syrians forced to flee their country.
  6. Because we should learn from our past mistakes in Iraq and Libya that U.S. wars to overthrow secular dictators (Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi) cause even more chaos and human suffering and open the door for Islamic extremists to take over in those countries.
  7. Because the U.S. has no credible government or government leader ready to bring order, security, and freedom to the people of Syria.
  8. Because even the ‘best case’ scenario—that the U.S. successfully overthrows the Syrian government of Assad—would obligate the United States to spend trillions of dollars and the lives of American service members in the futile effort to create a new Syria.  This is what we have been trying to do in Iraq for twelve years, and we still have not succeeded.  The situation in Syria will be much more difficult than in Iraq.
  9. Because our war against the Syrian government of Assad is interfering with our being one-pointedly focused on the war to defeat ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the other Islamic extremists who are our actual enemy.
  10. Because our war to overthrow the Assad government puts us in direct conflict with Russia and increases the likelihood of war between the United States and Russia and the possibility of another world war.”

Working with Gabbard’s office: I am in contact with Tulsi Gabbard’s office, and the Religious Freedom Coalition will work to assist her in getting co-sponsors for H.R. 4108.

Currently we are in a so called “lame-duck” session, that is a Congressional session  between the recent election and the swearing in of the 115 Congress on January 3rd, 2017. In all honesty this bill cannot be passed, particularly with just ten legislative days planned in December before a Christmas break. We will work with her office to refile the bill in the 115th Congress.

Celebrating Christmas with Christian children who escaped the Islamic State

There will be 58 new congressmen to work with in the new Congress. They replace 43 who did not seek reelection and 15 who lost in primaries and the general election.

Other bills the Religious Freedom Coalition supports, including HR-4017 and HR-5961 that would assist Christian refugees, must be refiled as new bills in the 115th Congress.

Those two bills, as well the Religious Persecution Relief Act (S.2708) introduced by Senator Tom Cotton, will all cease to exist at midnight on December 31st. These bills, which will have new bill numbers, must be re-submitted after the new Congress is sworn in on January 4th.

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