Tulsi Gabbard: Assad Is Not the Enemy of the United States
HUNT: "Do you think Assad is our enemy?"
GABBARD: "Assad is not the enemy of the United States because Syria does not pose a direct threat to the United States."
HUNT: "What do you say to Democratic voters who watched you go over there and what do you say to military members who have been deployed repeatedly in Syria pushing back against Assad?"
GABBARD: "People who have been deployed to Syria have been there focused on their mission, which has been to defeat ISIS. Our troops have not gone to Syria to wage yet another costly destructive regime change war, and many troops I hear from express frustration at the fact that our country continues to wage senseless, costly regime change wars followed by nation building missions leading to situations like we see in Afghanistan. So many examples of our troops being deployed, their lives put on the line without understanding what the clear mission or objective is and how that mission actually serves the security of the American people in the United States."
SCARBOROUGH: "I think a lot of American would agree with you there, but again going back to Assad, Assad is not an enemy, is he an adversary of the United States?"
GABBARD: "We have to look to who poses a threat to the United States and the American people."
SCARBOROUGH: "I understand that but there are a lot of people who don’t pose a threat to the United States that consider themselves to be adversaries of the United States. Vladimir Putin poses -- considers America to be an enemy. We consider Russia to be an adversary. I'm just asking do you consider Assad to be an adversary of the United States?"
GABBARD: "When I look at whether it’s Syria or Turkey or Russia or China or other countries in the world, I look at what are their interests and are their interests counter to our interests?"
BRZEZINSKI: "So what would you say he is to the United States? If you cannot say that he’s an adversary or an enemy, what is Assad to the U.S.? What is the word?"
GABBARD: "You can describe it however you want to describe it."