Dem Rep. Gabbard: Kerry "Completely Missing The Point Of Radical Islamic Ideology That's Fueling These People"

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Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) appeared on Friday's broadcast of CNN's The Situation Room to once again call out the Obama administration for not identifying "radical Islamic ideology" as the cause for recent terror attacks.

"The first and most important step, and I talked to you about this last week when I was on your show, is we have to identify exactly who they are," Gabbard told host Wolf Blitzer. "Something happened today where Secretary Kerry made a statement which I think was very evident of the problem we're seeing. In a speech he talked about how these Islamic extremists, they're engaged in 'criminal conduct rooted in alienation, poverty, thrill-seeking and other factors.' And he went on to say, 'ultimately this fight will be determined by our success in creating prosperity that's widely shared.'"

"This is completely missing the point of this radical Islamic ideology that's fueling these people and mistakenly, a huge mistake, thinking that somehow, 'Okay, well look, if we give them $10,000 and give them a nice place to live that somehow they're not going to be engaged in this fighting,'" Gabbard also said.

"Osama bin Laden is a perfect example, a millionaire who left and went and lived in the desert because of this radical ideology that was fueling his actions, his attack on the United States and these attacks we're seeing further now," she said.

REP. TULSI GABBARD (D-HI): The first and most important step, and I talked to you about this last week when I was on your show, is we have to identify exactly who they are. Something happened today where Secretary Kerry made a statement which I think was very evident of the problem we're seeing. In a speech he talked about how these Islamic extremists, they're engaged in "criminal conduct rooted in alienation, poverty, thrill-seeking and other factors." And he went on to say, "ultimately this fight will be determined by our success in creating prosperity that's widely shared."

This is completely missing the point of this radical Islamic ideology that's fueling these people and mistakenly, a huge mistake, thinking that somehow, 'Okay, well look, if we give them $10,000 and give them a nice place to live that somehow they're not going to be engaged in this fighting.' Osama bin Laden is a perfect example, a millionaire who left and went and lived in the desert because of this radical ideology that was fueling his actions, his attack on the United States and these attacks we're seeing further now.

WOLF BLITZER, CNN: When you were with me here in The Situation Room with me last week you said you wanted the president of the United States to directly address this issue, I think, in your words, "Islamic terrorism." You wanted him to use those words which he's been reluctant to do. Have you heard from the White House since those comments, they caused quite a little stir.

GABBARD: I haven't. It's really unfortunate and disturbing to me to see Secretary John Kerry doubling down on that refusal to use those words. And the words matter, it's not just empty words. Words matter because words are expression of understanding and feeling and intention. And if you refuse to understand this simple concept of who exactly is our enemy, who is posing a threat to the American people and why then we can't even begin to talk about how do you defeat them. That's a whole separate conversation that can only happen once that identification takes place.

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