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Dem Rep. Gabbard: Lack of Coherent Strategy To Deal With Iranian Nuclear Threat, Islamic Extremism

REP. TULSI GABBARD (D-HI): I think we do need to remain very focused on those threats. I think Prime Minister Netanyahu's comments on his politically expedient comments as well as his comments on Israeli-Arabs should not have been made. He has apologized for that. We do have 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 nuclear armed Iran as well as this threat of Islamic extremists like ISIS, like al Qaeda, like Boko Haram who really it should be no surprise that they are training together again because it's less about the name of a specific group, the common theme here is that these are radical Islamic extremists conducting violent terrorist activities and until we recognize and understand who they are, how they are operating, then we're not going to be able to have a coherent winning strategy to defeat them.

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