Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) said “there seems to be really a lack of coherent strategy with regards to how we as the United States are dealing with Iran” on Tuesday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel.
Gabbard did say that while, “there’s a lot of noise being created about this rift between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but you look at the United States Congress there remains a bipartisan resolve on two things. First and foremost, our goal and objective of making sure that Iran does not have the ability to create a nuclear weapon, and secondly, our resolve to maintain and continue to grow our long-standing bipartisan friendship and partnership with Israel, and so that’s really where, I think, we should be focusing as we look at the path forward.”
She added that “Prime Minister Netanyahu’s comments on — his politically expedient comments, as well as his comments about Israeli Arabs should not have been made. he’s apologized for that.”
Gabbard concluded that the focus should be on “very real threats that we’re facing a few of which include this negotiation with Iran, but also really the confusion around what is Iran’s status. We have the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper omitting Iran and Hezbollah from the list of threats to our country for the first time in a long time and we also have Iran’s growing influence with their Shia militia and their troops on the ground, growing really in Iraq, and the ground that they are controlling as well as in Yemen, and in other places. So, there seems to be really a lack of coherent strategy with regards to how we as the United States are dealing with Iran as we look at this threat of a nuclear-armed Iran as well as this threat of Islamic extremists like ISIS, like al Qaeda, like Boko Haram…until we recognize and understand who they are, how they’re operating, then we’re not going to be able to have a coherent, winning strategy to defeat them.”
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