Top Democrats are hypocritical on Tulsi Gabbard and Russia
Added 10-21-19 02:23:01pm EST - “Top Democrats should look in the mirror before attacking Tulsi Gabbard on her Russia policy. They aren't exactly heirs to President Ronald Reagan when it comes to Russia.” - Washingtonexaminer.com
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Top Democrats should look in the mirror before attacking Tulsi Gabbard on her Russia policy. They aren't exactly heirs to President Ronald Reagan when it comes to Russia.
I note this in light of an escalating Democratic effort to present the Hawaii representative as a Russian intelligence asset. While top Democrats are flexible as to whether Gabbard is a witting or an unwitting asset, they insist she's an asset. Thus far, they've failed to provide evidence that Gabbard's Russia-related policy positions are anything but her own.
Moreover, although Gabbard is delusional about Putin's threat, her Democratic critics are richly hypocritical.
Take Hillary Clinton. Leading the Obama administration's 2009 Russian reset, which came less than a year after Russia's invasion of Georgia. Clinton was an early adopter of the policy of appeasing Russia. She now presents herself as a courageous foe and even victim of of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but Clinton forgets her own true history. Even in 2014, Clinton was describing the Russia-reset as a "brilliant stroke” that appeared "even more so" with each passing day. Clinton said that even as Russia was severing southeastern Ukraine from Kyiv, and just one month prior to Russia's downing of the MH-17 passenger airliner as it overflew Ukraine.
Indeed, when you strip away their condemnation of the Russian leader, the 2020 Democratic presidential field offers little substance on Russia policy. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to cut military spending and retreat into trade protectionism. Joe Biden helped lead an administration which emboldened Putin at every level. Even as Putin dramatically improves his nuclear strike capabilities, California Sen. Kamala Harris proposes to weaken U.S. deterrent forces. And of course, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders's foreign policy agenda seems born of a Putin dream. Even South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg, better positioned than these others to take on Putin, has problems. Buttigieg explicitly opposes defense spending on programs such as the Virginia-Class Block V submarines, which are crucial to deterring Russian aggression.
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