Dem congresswoman speaks the truth about the threat of Islam

Tulsi Gabbard was recently interviewed on CNN by Wolf Blitzer.  For those not familiar with Gabbard, she is a Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii who is a member of the Armed Services as well as the Foreign Affairs Committee.  She is also an Iraq war veteran.  And she is extremely articulate.

In the wake of the terror attacks in France, Blitzer asked her about terror and how the United States, and other nations, are or aren’t adequately prepared to deal with it.  This is some of what Gabbard had to say, per a partial transcript at Breitbart.  An excerpt is embedded below, but I highly recommend listening to the 9-minute interview in its entirety.

Gabbard expressed additional thoughts on a range of related issues, including NSA programs (which she’s against) and the need for greater attention paid to those who are traveling abroad to train with terrorists who then return to the West.  Among other things, she advocates for “a suspension of the Visa Waiver Program until this is brought under control and these borders are controlled, in particular between Turkey and Syria.”

It is rare to hear a Democrat speak like this.  And quite frankly, it’s also pretty rare to hear a Republican speak in such a clear and straightforward manner about the threat of Islam.  (Related to that, I wish she had not referred to “radical” Islam and instead said just “Islam,” but at this stage we need to take what we can get and keep moving forward.)

While I feel strongly that national security should not be a partisan issue, I think Gabbard should seriously reconsider her party affiliation.  As a Democrat, she supports the Democratic platform.  And that platform includes values and policies that are in direct conflict with our national security.

Whatever she does in terms of party affiliation, I hope she continues to get airtime and can also educate her colleagues about the threat of Islamic terror.  Her voice is desperately needed.

Tulsi Gabbard was recently interviewed on CNN by Wolf Blitzer.  For those not familiar with Gabbard, she is a Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii who is a member of the Armed Services as well as the Foreign Affairs Committee.  She is also an Iraq war veteran.  And she is extremely articulate.

In the wake of the terror attacks in France, Blitzer asked her about terror and how the United States, and other nations, are or aren’t adequately prepared to deal with it.  This is some of what Gabbard had to say, per a partial transcript at Breitbart.  An excerpt is embedded below, but I highly recommend listening to the 9-minute interview in its entirety.

…our administration refuses to recognize who our enemy is. And unless and until that happens, then it’s impossible to come up with a strategy to defeat that enemy.

We have to recognize 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. That’s something that has to be done….

This is not just about one group called ISIS, or another group called al Qaeda. This is about an overall threat posed by this radical Islamic extremist agenda that exists all around the world as we’re seeing, unfortunately, most recently in Paris and in Europe.

I’m upset that the president and the White House, whether it’s today, or yesterday, or tomorrow, is not actually saying “this is a war that the Islamic extremists are posing against the United States and against the West, and we recognize who our enemy is,” and come up with a strategy to defeat that enemy….

Gabbard expressed additional thoughts on a range of related issues, including NSA programs (which she’s against) and the need for greater attention paid to those who are traveling abroad to train with terrorists who then return to the West.  Among other things, she advocates for “a suspension of the Visa Waiver Program until this is brought under control and these borders are controlled, in particular between Turkey and Syria.”

It is rare to hear a Democrat speak like this.  And quite frankly, it’s also pretty rare to hear a Republican speak in such a clear and straightforward manner about the threat of Islam.  (Related to that, I wish she had not referred to “radical” Islam and instead said just “Islam,” but at this stage we need to take what we can get and keep moving forward.)

While I feel strongly that national security should not be a partisan issue, I think Gabbard should seriously reconsider her party affiliation.  As a Democrat, she supports the Democratic platform.  And that platform includes values and policies that are in direct conflict with our national security.

Whatever she does in terms of party affiliation, I hope she continues to get airtime and can also educate her colleagues about the threat of Islamic terror.  Her voice is desperately needed.