by Emma Fiala
awaits instructions from his Saudi masters,"
Gabbard said on
country act as Saudi Arabia's bitch
is not 'America
The media is, once again,
insisting that we rely on anonymous statements from military
officials and a few select images to justify war, this time with
Donald Trump is likewise posting threats of a
military response on Twitter, saying we are "locked and loaded."
"Saudi Arabia oil
supply was attacked," Trump on Sunday.
"There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked
and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear
from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this
attack, and under what terms we would proceed!"
Trump, however, stops
short of placing the blame on Iran in his latest round of tweets on
the subject, instead saying that he is "waiting to hear" from Saudi
Despite the fact that the U.S. provides Saudi oil terminals with
U.S.-made Hawk surface-to-air missiles, spends at least $81 billion
a year protecting oil supplies around the world, and recently
deployed 500 troops to the Kingdom, the president alludes to the
fact that the United States - the world's leading military
superpower - doesn't have it's own intelligence about what happened
at the world's largest oil processing facility.
At least two Democratic presidential contenders are not going to let
the president's reliance on Saudi Arabia for information about the
In a tweet directly quoting Trump, Representative
(D-HI) slammed the U.S. president for his latest instance of failing
to put "America First."
instructions from his Saudi masters," Gabbard tweeted on Sunday.
In a video released on
Twitter, Gabbard declared:
Trump offered to place our military, my brothers and sisters in
uniform, under the command of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the
dictator of the Islamist Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
"[We] are locked
and loaded, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to
who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under
what terms we would proceed!"
Mr. President, as you
know, I have never engaged in hateful rhetoric against you, or
your family, and I never will, but your offering our military
assets to the dictator of Saudi Arabia to use as he sees fit, is
a betrayal of my brothers and sisters in uniform who are ready
to give our lives for our country, not for the Islamist dictator
of Saudi Arabia.
For you to think that
you can pimp out our proud servicemen and women to the Prince of
Saudi Arabia is disgraceful, and it once again shows that you
are unfit to serve as our commander in chief.
As a member of
Congress, and as a soldier, I and all of my brothers and sisters
in uniform have taken an oath to protect and defend the American
people and the Constitution of the United States of America.
There is nothing in
our Constitution that gives you the power to go to war without
the express consent of Congress, but to speak of giving you the
power to offer our military to a foreign power like the Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia to use as they wish... President Trump, your
words and actions are a betrayal of my brothers and sisters in
uniform, the American people, and our Constitution.
service-members and I - we are not your prostitutes. You are not
(I-VT) also responded to the president Monday, tweeting,
"Mr. Trump, the
Constitution of the United States is perfectly clear. Only
Congress - not the president - can declare war."
"Congress will not give you the authority to start another
disastrous war in the Middle East just because the brutal Saudi
dictatorship told you to."
Omar (D-MN) tweeted Monday,
"Congress has the
constitutional power to declare war. Not the president. Not the
Secretary of State. And definitely not Saudi Arabia."
president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC),
"Congress has voted
multiple times to end U.S. involvement in the war on Yemen" on
Twitter, saying that the U.S. may now find itself in an "all out
regional war with Iran" as Trump seeks instructions from Saudi
Arabia rather than Congress or "the American people."
"The U.S. is not
obligated to fight Saudi Arabia's wars," Abdi in a statement.