Leading Democrats are castigating one of their rising stars, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D), for appearing to defend Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad against allegations his regime dumped chemical weapons on a rebel-held area. Gabbard's perceived crime: Being skeptical that Syrian strong man Bashar al-Assad was the mastermind behind the recent chemical weapons attack in that country.
Knee-Jerk political hack and rally screamer Howard Dean tweeted: “This is a disgrace. Gabbard should not be in Congress.” Truly, the man is a dolt. But his statement personifies the Democrat leadership's ardent desire for a lemming-like devotion by its elected rank-and-file.
What we do know about the Syrian crime against humanity is that prohibited WMD was used on innocents. And while we know that the chemical weapons were deployed by Syria air force aircraft, it would be highly unlikely that Assad would have authorized the use of WMD without at least the tacit approval of Moscow and/or Tehran. To believe that he would go it solo on the use of WMD - and act that everyone knew would bring down the wrath of the world community - and risk rebuke by his allies is unreasonable to suppose.
So, it is reasonable for Gabbard to have voiced her skepticism when the fingers of probability point to more than just Assad.
To wit, instead of Dem/Progressive leadership calling for Gabbard's resignation, perhaps the Dem rank-and-file should be calling for a culling of the dysfunctional old guard that has lead the party into the minority on every level of government.