WOLF BLITZER, CNN: You served the United States military in Iraq, and thank you very much for your service, Congresswoman. When you see what's going on right there, what goes through your mind, the huge amount of Iraq, including areas where U.S. military personnel gave their lives in huge numbers that now is under the control of ISIS after the Iraqi military in big parts of the country, including Mosul, the second largest city there, simply abandoned their weapons and ran away?
REP. TULSI GABBARD (D-HI), IRAQ WAR VETERAN: Well, it sickens me, Wolf, you know. Like so many other people who I served with and service members who served both in Iraq and in other places, unfortunately, we lost friends there who paid that ultimate price.
And what is so frustrating now as we look at the situation there, 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 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.
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 are seeing, unfortunately, most recently in Paris and in Europe.
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