Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is out of favor with top Democrats due to her doubts about the recent strikes on Syria. She is campaigning for the government to collect and release evidence from the chemical attack which prompted the US air strikes.
The Hawaii congresswoman expressed doubts about who was behind the use of chemical weapons, saying it could have been Syrian rebels. She has not supported U.S. intervention in the country, though she did visit Syria and meet with President Bashar al-Assad in January.
Gabbard said the strikes were, “short-sighted and will lead to more dead civilians, more refugees, the strengthening of al-Qaida and other terrorists, and a possible nuclear war between the United States and Russia.”
The Daily Caller reports:
She also said she has not seen enough evidence that Assad was behind the chemical attack that led to the death of dozens of civilians. Gabbard said an investigation was necessary before responding, and that “if President Assad is found to be responsible after an independent investigation for these horrific chemical weapons attacks, I’ll be the first one to call for his prosecution and execution by the International Criminal Court.” U.S. officials have maintained Syria was responsible for the attack as radar showed Syrian warplanes in the area during the incident.
Gabbard’s fellow democrats have responded with outrage.
Neera Tanden, head of the Center for American Progress asked voters, “People of Hawaii’s 2nd district – was it not enough for you that your rep met with a murderous dictator? Will this move you?”
“This is a disgrace. Gabbard should not be in Congress,” Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean tweeted.
The air strikes received bipartisan support from both Republicans and Democrats.