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Tulsi Gabbard, Dem Hawaii: Iraq War Vet Dem Congresswoman Shoots Down Obama’s ISIS Jobs Claim

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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Watch What Tulsi Gabbard Says – Why Won’t Obama Use the Words ‘Islamic Extremism’?

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Why Won’t Obama Use the Words ‘Islamic Extremism’? Watch What Tulsi Gabbard Says
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Why Won’t Obama Use the Words ‘Islamic Extremism’? Watch What This Democrat Says

by Thaleigha Rampersad, Heritage Foundation, February 1, 2015

In a recent interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, was asked why President Obama avoids the phrase “Islamic extremism.” Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran, said, “If you are at war, which we are, you have to know who your enemy is in order to defeat them.” She criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for his description of terrorists.

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Islamist Radicals at War with US: Tulsi Gabbard World | Press Trust of India | Updated: January 17, 2015 09:55 IST

Islamist Radicals at War with US: Tulsi Gabbard
World | Press Trust of India | Updated: January 17, 2015 09:55 IST

Islamist Radicals at War with US: Tulsi Gabbard
File Photo: US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

WASHINGTON: Islamist radicals are at war with the US and the Obama Administration has refused to recognize the “enemy”, America’s first-ever Hindu lawmaker Tulsi Gabbard has said.

“What is so frustrating now as we look at the situation there, our administration refuses to recognise who our enemy is. And unless and until that happens, then it’s impossible to come up with a strategy to defeat that enemy,” Ms Gabbard, who recently returned from a two-week trip to India, told the CNN in an interview.

“We have to recognise that this is about radical Islam, this is as much a military war as it is an ideological war, and we’ve got to understand what that ideology is and challenge it, understand it so that we can defeat it and protect our citizens, protect the American people,” she said.
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“That’s something that has to be done in order for us to look at places like Iraq, places like Syria, and places really, in different parts of the world, North Africa, Nigeria,” added Ms Gabbard, who was sworn-in for her second term in the House of Representative last week.

She said this was not only about ISIS or al-Qaeda, but about an “overall threat” posed by the radical Islamist agenda that exists all around the world.

Ms Gabbard said she was upset that the President and the White House are not actually saying that this is a war that the Islamist extremists are posing against the US and against the West.

“We recognise who our enemy is, and come up with a strategy to defeat that enemy. Unless and until you recognize who our enemy is and understand them, then we won’t be effective in defeating that threat and we’re going to continue to see the kinds of tragic incidents that we’ve seen most recently in Paris,” she said.

Ms Gabbard called a suspension of the Visa Waiver Program until this is brought under control and these borders are controlled, in particular between Turkey and Syria.

Ms Gabbard is from the Democratic Party of US President Barack Obama and represents the Congress from his home State of Hawaii.
Story First Published: January 17, 2015 09:45 IST