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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Criticizes Obama For Not Labeling ISIS As Islamic

| by Karen Eisenberg
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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who is one of the first two female combat veterans elected to Congress, has publically criticized President Obama for not labeling ISIS as Islamic.

In an interview Wednesday with Fox’s Neil Cavuto, Gabbard said it is important to identify our enemies:

“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,” as reported by IJ Review.

Gabbard does not like the administration’s explanations for terrorism and told Cavuto:

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“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.”

Finally, Gabbard argues that ISIS is radically theological, not simply materialistic:

“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.”

Although Gabbard has her share of opponents, such as The Honolulu Civil Beat, which argued that her position is based simply on semantics, she also has her fair share of supporters. In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon on Thursday, former CIA Director James Woolsey Jr. said Obama “looks scared” to refer to terrorists as Islamic.

Sources: IJ Review / Photo: WikiCommons