Tulsi Gabbard on Regime Change and the Cost of War

Our veterans and troops have paid a heavy price for our country's decades-long addiction to interventionist regime change wars. This is not a failure that can be attributed to one party or another - it is the failure of leaders who for decades have lacked foresight and good judgment, either ignoring or blind to the consequences of our nation's foreign policy decisions, that all Americans are still paying the price for.

After serving two tours in the Middle East with the Hawaii Army National Guard, one of the main reasons I came to serve in Congress was to bring about an end to our country's destructive interventionist war policies.

The cost of war is immeasurable. We have spent trillions of dollars, lost thousands of service members and seen hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians killed in the course of our counterproductive regime change wars, which are creating more devastation, human suffering, and refugees while strengthening terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda. 

Meanwhile, here at home, we have cash-strapped communities in my home state of Hawai'i and across the country that don't have the money for basic infrastructure or clean water. People are drowning in college debt, and the price of healthcare remains unaffordable to 28 million people who have no form of insurance coverage. We must end our costly, interventionist regime change war policies, and instead invest in rebuilding our communities right here at home. We can't afford to do both.

We need real leaders in Washington who aren't afraid to stand up and fight for peace.

Times are changing. People are coming to realize the destructive and counterproductive nature of decades of broken foreign policy. Mahalo for your support as we stand together in this fight.