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Propagandists Are Freaking Out Over Gabbard's Destruction Of Harris

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In the race to determine who will serve as Commander in Chief of the most powerful military force in the history of civilization, night two of the CNN Democratic presidential debates saw less than six minutes dedicated to discussing US military policy during the 180-minute event.

That's six, as in the number before seven. Not 60. Not 16. Six. From the moment Jake Tapper said "I want to turn to foreign policy" to the moment Don Lemon interrupted Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard just as she was preparing to correctly explain how President Trump is supporting Al-Qaeda in Idlib, approximately five minutes and 50 seconds had elapsed. The questions then turned toward the Mueller report and impeachment proceedings.

Night one of the CNN debates saw almost twice as much time, with a whole 11 minutes by my count dedicated to questions of war and peace for the leadership of the most warlike nation on the planet. This discrepancy could very well be due to the fact that night two was the slot allotted to Gabbard, whose campaign largely revolves around the platform of ending US warmongering. CNN is a virulent establishment propaganda firm with an extensive history of promoting lies and brazen psyops in facilitation of US imperialism, so it would make sense that they would try to avoid a subject which would inevitably lead to unauthorized truth-telling on the matter.

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But the near-absence of foreign policy discussion didn't stop the Hawaii congresswoman from getting in some unauthorized truth-telling anyway. Attacking the authoritarian prosecutorial record of Senator Kamala Harris to thunderous applause from the audience, Gabbard criticized the way her opponent "put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana," "blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the court's forced her to do so," "kept people in prisons beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California," and "fought to keep the cash bail system in place that impacts poor people in the worst kind of way."

Harris, who it turns out fights very well when advancing but folds under pressure, had no answer for Gabbard's attack, preferring to focus on attacking Joe Biden instead. Later, when she was a nice safe distance out of Gabbard's earshot, she uncorked a long-debunked but still effective smear which establishment narrative managers have been dying for an excuse to run wild with.

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"This, coming from someone who has been an apologist for an individual, Assad, who has murdered the people of his country like cockroaches," Harris told Anderson Cooper after the debate. "She who has embraced and been an apologist for him in a way that she refuses to call him a war criminal. I can only take what she says and her opinion so seriously and so I'm prepared to move on."

That was all it took. Harris' press secretary Ian Sams unleashed a string of tweets about Gabbard being an "Assad apologist," which was followed by a deluge of establishment narrative managers who sent the word "Assad" trending on Twitter, at times when Gabbard's name somehow failed to trend despite being the top-searched candidate on Google after the debate. As of this writing, "Assad" is showing on the #5 trending list on the side bar of Twitter's new layout, while Gabbard's name is nowhere to be seen. This discrepancy has drawn criticism from numerous Gabbard defenders on the platform.

"Somehow I have a hard time believing that 'Assad' is the top trending item in the United States but 'Tulsi' is nowhere to be found," tweeted journalist Michael Tracey.


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It really is interesting how aggressively the narrative managers thrust this line into mainstream consciousness all at the same time.

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The Washington Post's Josh Rogin went on a frantic, lie-filled Twitter storm as soon as he saw an opportunity, claiming with no evidence whatsoever that Gabbard lied when she said she met with Assad for purposes of diplomacy and that she "helped Assad whitewash a mass atrocity," and falsely claiming that "she praised Russian bombing of Syrian civilians."

In reality all Gabbard did was meet with Assad to discuss the possibility of peace, and, more importantly, she said the US shouldn't be involved in regime change interventionism in Syria. This latter bit of business is the real reason professional war propagandists like Rogin are targeting her; not because they honestly believe that a longtime US service member and sitting House Representative is an "Assad apologist," but because she commits the unforgivable heresy of resisting the mechanics of America's forever war.

MSNBC's Joy Reid gleefully leapt into the smearing frenzy, falsely claiming that "Gabbard will not criticize Assad, no matter what." Gabbard has publicly and unequivocally both decried Assad as a "brutal dictator" and claimed he's guilty of war crimes, much to the irritation of anti-imperialists like myself who hold a far more skeptical eye to the war propaganda narratives about what's going on in Syria. At no time has Gabbard ever claimed that Assad is a nice person or that he isn't a brutal leader; all she's done is say the US shouldn't get involved in another regime change war there because US regime change interventionism is consistently and predictably disastrous. That's not being an "Assad apologist," that's having basic common sense.

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I agree with this excellent article by Caitlin, "Whoever controls the narrative controls the world" is not only true but damn depressing when we ask who does. Although we may be more in numbers but less in having a megaphone.

Tulsi is the disruption to that "narrative control", she is "doing the real work" against a stacked deck to say the least but is managing an exceptional campaign.

She is the only one I have donated to and unfortunately the only light shining a way out of the abyss.

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It's truly depressing when are nation has dropped to such a level that the only candidate running for the Presidency in 2020 whose primary issue is peace and not a variety of trinkets is the only the Presstitute Media Propagandists (PMP) are silencing or smear if they should mention her.

It might be said this is where unregulated Capitalism has taken us as the dollar has bought the shills to sprew whatever they want spewed. Think of how many have been discarded for not staying with the line the money interests wanted spewed Phil Donahue, Jessi Ventura, Dan Rather, Ed Schultz, and many others.

The real pity is the PMP, most are millionaires as a result of being the slaves of the dollar, are actually stamping out the only candidate who could be the person to save this faltering nation.

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Tulsi gabbard is a faux populist like trump. She is an ardent zionist backed by sheldon adelson. Represents the opposite of peace. Caitlin Johnstone is a tool. There is no real opposition candidate

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Ed, I can't imagine where you are coming from.

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and your alternative is?

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"backed by sheldon adelson"? You have something to back this up? "Caitlin Johnstone is a tool"? Actually she is a megaphone as one of the truth tellers to power and as Gabbard a staunch advocate and protector of the First Amendment. Both are against never ending zionist wars. This is all puzzling from you today as I look at your profile in OEN.....?

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Tulsi Gabbard

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The early release from prison of John Lindh, the "American Taliban," is absurdly reckless. Now we taxpayers will pay for round-the-clock surveillance to make sure this al-Qaeda member doesn't follow through with his threats to kill more Americans. Shortsighted, to say the least.

Gabbard has missed 25% of the votes in the House this year, including two crucial votes to ban arms sales to Saudi Arabia. However, she made a point of showing up to vote on the anti-BDS resolution.

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·Gabbard's Zionism and Islamophobia have won her acclaim and support from all sorts of unsavory characterslike right-wing billionaire and Zionist Sheldon Adelson


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Gabbard heavily attacked Harris for labeling Biden the racist he is

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"Yet when Gabbard's positions on the Israeli-Palestinian issue are examined, it is clear that, at least over the past two years, she has expressed views that are far from those of Adelson and the CUFI. In January 2017, she published a statement in support of a two-state solution to the conflict (Adelson has described Palestinians as a made-up nation). In May 2018, she criticized Israel for its reaction to protests and riots on the Gaza border and, during the same month, also condemned Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal (which she voted in favor of in 2015)."

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I read the 2nd article and her positions are all over the place. She supports a 2-state solution which Aderlson vehemently rejects...

I personally liked her attacks on Harris and note that Harris refused to reply on the facts. Analysts said she did not because Gabbard, with her low poll rates, was not worth fighting. I m not so sure...

Harris appears more and more as conservative although she did endorse a bill correcting excessive jail sentences she might have supported only a year before.

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Unfortunately, CNN is part of our "free market" news infrastructure. They market what sells, and foreign policy doesn't. Most people are content to remain blissfully uninformed.

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I might go as far as to say they prefer blissful ignorance.

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Well said; thanks for the recap of the debates and the shameless and shameful smears of Gabbard; obviously she is the only real threat and they want to silence her however they can.

I had to laugh at the smearers taking every opportunity to link Gabbard supporters to Russia - so they can keep the Russiagate fantasy spinning too. It's sickening; we're worse than the Roman Empire in its last days.

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It certainly tells something of a candidate when the only smear they can come up with, and rehash over and over, is the fact she was invited to meet with a dictator, actually doing the work of a member of Congress in hopes of gaining more insight. As most do not understand members of Congress should, and have, met with foreign leaders in hopes of gaining better relations. This is not just a function of the President or Secretary of State.

Maybe our leaders need to civility rather than killing. Tulsi is the only candidate running on the premise of working together with the World rather than decimating it. Unfortunately, the profiteering warmongers and their media shills only have a passion for the dollar, not compassion for people.

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Harris is an obnoxious corporate shill. she makes my skin crawl.

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I know a woman who was personally smeared by Harris. This along with her shagging her way around the California political system to further her career should make every Harris supporter question her morality and ethics.


It has been proven time and again if the political representative has cheated on their spouse, they will have no problem lying to the taxpayer. Recent memory the multi-adulterers of Reagan, Wet Start John McCain, Newt Gingrich, John Livingston, Dennis Hastert and many other Republicans. Though I mention Slick Willie, readers need to be reminded he is still married to his first wife, proving greater "Family Values" than the Republicans mentioned above.

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Weak theory! I don't recall either Bush or Cheney cheating on their spouses and their lies cost the lives of hundreds of thousands people! All Politicians stretch the truth it goes with job but some lies cost lives

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Harris and Biden are the worst. Tulsi Gabbard is a cop, like Harris. She is window dressing. Too bad. The DNC will backstab sanders. Pelosi will not impeach, this foul evil bastard. There is no serious opposition that will chnage things much. Too bad. Terrible situation America is in.

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Impeaching Trump would be a mistake that would backfire on the Dems, Tulsi is a lot more than window dressing and none of the votes she missed would of changed the outcome if she was there or not. She still the best electable candidate in my eyes, although I would like to see Buttigeig over them all.

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