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Iraq War Vet Dem Congresswoman Shoots Down Obama’s ISIS Jobs Claim
February 20, 2015 by Daniel Greenfield 13 Comments
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It’s a sign of how badly the Democratic Party has been hollowed out and steered to the left that there isn’t even a Dem Senator anymore to make a moderate argument about fighting terrorism.

It falls to, of all things, a Democratic Congresswoman from Hawaii to be her party’s lone voice of reason.

Representative and Iraq War veteran Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) argued the White House’s summit on violent extremism was “a diversion from what our real focus needs to be, and that focus is on this Islamic extremist threat” on Wednesday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel.

“Unless you accurately identify who your enemy is, then you can’t come up with an effective strategy, a winning strategy to defeat that enemy. My concern here with the summit that’s happening right now in Washington is that it really is a diversion from what our real focus needs to be, and that focus is on this Islamic extremist threat that is posed not only to the United States and the American people, but around the world. From what we’ve heard so far, the administration is really claiming that the motivation or the — the thing that’s fueling this terrorism, around the world, is something that has to do with poverty, has to do with a lack of jobs, or lack of access to education, really a materialistic motivation. And therefore, they are proposing that the solution must be to alleviate poverty around the world, to continue this failed Bush and Obama policy of nation building. The danger here is, again, that you’re not identifying the threat, and you’re not identifying the fact that they are not fueled by a materialistic motivation, it’s actually a theological, this radical Islamic ideology that is allowing them to continue to recruit, that is allowing them to continue to grow in strength and really that’s really fueling these horrific terrorist activities around the world” she said.

You’re now hearing this argument breaking out into left-of-center media outlets like Vox and The Atlantic. But nearly no Dem in Congress is willing to stand up and state something as simple and common sense as this for fear of undermining Obama.

It’s like they have to protect their Chamberlain from reality by driving all the way off the cliff.

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About Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.
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