BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – U.S. presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard told CNN on Sunday that there needs to be evidence to call Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad a “war criminal.”
“I think that the evidence needs to be gathered and, as I have said before if there is evidence that he has committed war crimes, he should be prosecuted as such,” Gabbard told CNN.
Similar to previous statements she made, Gabbard said Assad is “not the enemy of the United States because Syria does not pose a direct threat to the United States.”
“Everything that I have said requires that we take action based on evidence. (If) the evidence is there, there should be accountability,” Gabbard told moderator Dana Bush.
Gabbard pointed out the past lies to push for war in Iraq as one of the reasons for her decision to oppose the conflict inside Syria.
“I served in a war in Iraq, a war that was launched based on lies, and a war that was launched without evidence,” she said.
“And so the American people were duped,” Gabbard continued.
“So as a soldier, as an American, as a member of Congress, it is my duty and my responsibility to exercise skepticism any time anyone tries to send our service members into harm’s way or use our military to go in and start a new war,” she added.