Former Democratic congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard criticized navy management relating to the failed withdrawal efforts in Afghanista.
Gabbard joined Fox News host Trey Gowdy on “Sunday Night in America” to debate the latest Senate hearings relating to navy management surrounding Afghanistan.
“The United States went into Afghanistan to fight terrorism. Twenty years later, the U.S. is gone, but terrorism is not,” Gowdy famous.
Remarking on Gabbard’s navy expertise, Gowdy requested for her opinion relating to the United States’ actions in Afghanistan during the last twenty years.
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“Overall, when we really look at the last twenty years that we spent there, I think there’s a few important lessons to take away. Our mission to go into Afghanistan, initially to go after Al-Qaeda, the jihadist terrorists who attacked us on 9/11, declared war against us, was justified. We sent special forces in there who very expeditiously and effectively defeated Al-Qaeda,” Gabbard started.
She defined “What went wrong after that was when leaders in our country lost sight of that very direct and important mission and instead began to embark on regime change wars and nation building exercises and as we’ve seen over the last twenty years in Afghanistan specifically, even senior leaders in our government across Democrat and Republican administrations didn’t really know what our mission there was.”
Gowdy then requested Gabbard in regards to the victims of the terrorist regime, particularly the ladies that suffer below Taliban rule. Gabbard answered that whereas she empathizes with Americans’ intuition to assist others, the “harsh reality” stays that the United States “can’t and shouldn’t try to be the world’s police.”
“This is what is so hard, Trey. We, the American people, our natural instinct is to want to help others, to want to protect them, to do what we can to keep them safe. The harsh reality, however, is that we as the United States, we can’t and shouldn’t try to be the world’s police. We can’t and shouldn’t try to export American values and create many Americas in countries around the world because we’ve seen how, even with the best of intentions, these efforts throughout time have proven to actually cause more suffering and problems for the people in these countries in the short term and the long term,” Gabbard mentioned.
Gowdy requested Gabbard for her response relating to the revelation that navy leaders suggested President Biden to take care of 2,500 troopers in Afghanistan. Gabbard acknowledged that whereas a soldier’s job is to observe lawful orders, it’s finally the president who’s held accountable.
“Our military is civilian-led for a reason. As our military leaders may give advice, their best military advice to the commander-in-chief, ultimately, it is the commander-in-chief who is held accountable for making those decisions related to our military and related to foreign policy and is subjected to voters holding the commander-in-chief accountable when we volunteer to serve. When we wear the uniform, we salute the flag and follow those lawful orders that are given whether we may agree with them or not,” Gabbard mentioned.
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