Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, told the PDB Podcast that the idea of Vice President Kamala Harris as commander-in-chief was “scary beyond belief” to her and to others she knows in uniform.
“The most important role that the president has is to serve as commander-in-chief. That is the sole job that only the president has that Congress does not weigh in on. Presidential candidates talk a lot about education and immigration, and all of these other policies,” Gabbard said. “You can’t get anything done on these unless you work with Congress to pass legislation.
“The foreign-policy decisions the commander-in-chief makes are decisions that person alone makes. Kamala Harris is completely unqualified and not only lacks because you not only need the knowledge and experience but also the temperament to serve in that position.”
Some believe Harris would be easy to manipulate by generals and admirals from the Pentagon, who Gabbard believes have an agenda to keep the U.S. in a state of war. Gabbard warned that Harris would feel the need to project strength, and argued that the “most dangerous thing was to have a weak person feel like they need to have the U.S. military at their fingertips.”
Kamala Harris Becoming the Weakest Link in the Biden Administration
Criticisms such as this of Kamala Harris are nothing new. Harris is becoming the weakest link in the Republican effort to deny Joe Biden a second term in office. Her questionable competence has come under increased scrutiny due to President Joe Biden’s age. His age increases the potential that she could have to become president due to Biden either becoming incapacitated or him dying in office.
“The idea that [Joe Biden] would make it until he is 86 years old is not something that I think is likely,” GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley told CNN.
Fellow presidential candidate and South Carolinian Sen. Tim Scott likewise piled on Harris saying that “the only thing more scary than a Joe Biden presidency is a Kamala Harris presidency.”
The vice president’s aloofness and lack of understanding of geopolitics could render her a pawn of the military-industrial complex, should she become president, Gabbard said.
Afghanistan Highlights Gabbard’s Point on Harris
Harris claimed that she was the “last person in the room” when Biden made the decision to pull out of Afghanistan. She also voiced her support for Biden’s decision.
“Ending U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan is the right decision,” Harris tweeted.
In another tweet Harris insinuated it was time to move on: “We went to Afghanistan almost 20 years ago. Now, our mission is to get our people, our allies, and vulnerable Afghans to safety outside of the country.”
Following the pullout from Afghanistan Harris seemed to minimize the scale of the disaster for U.S. policy. When she was asked about the administration’s policy, she nervously laughed at reporters.
“Apparently she thinks it’s a laughing matter,” The New York Post quoted a person as saying on Twitter during the pullout.
She also defended the withdrawal effort and claimed that the Biden administration was doing everything it could to get Afghan allies and others who worked with the U.S. out of Afghanistan.
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) noted the pullout amounted to a disaster in which allies were left behind.
“According to analysis in a number of U.S. government sources, while some of the delay and poor organization surrounding the evacuation of at-risk allies can be attributed to poor planning, staffing constraints have also consistently undermined U.S. efforts to protect these allies,” SIGAR said in an April report faulting bureaucratic problems for the disastrous withdrawal.
There is little to suggest that a President Harris would have handled the withdrawal or a similar military operation better than Joe Biden. The end result still would be disastrous.
John Rossomando was a senior analyst for Defense Policy and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, The National Interest, National Review Online, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award for his reporting.