A Democrat who’s no stranger to opposing President Obama when it comes to foreign policy, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard contradicted the president’s assessment that his strategy to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria isn’t failing.
“Clearly ISIS has gained momentum, in particular over the last week, as we’ve seen the ground that they gained both in Iraq and Syria,” Gabbard said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
In an interview last week with The Atlantic, following the fall of Ramadi to ISIS forces, Obama tried to minimize the defeat.
“No, I don’t think we’re losing,” he said. “There’s no doubt there was a tactical setback, although Ramadi had been vulnerable for a very long time.”
Gabbard, a combat veteran deployed twice to Iraq, said Sunnis continue to be persecuted by the central government in Baghdad and because of the mistrust have no place to turn, other than ISIS, to protect their families and communities.
“You have the Kurdish peshmerga and Sunni tribesmen who are literally begging, for arms, heavy weapons, ammunition, to be able to fight against ISIS to protect their families and their tribal lands, their territories,” the Hawaii Democrat said.
“But to this point both the U.S. and the central Iraqi government have failed to provide that, and therefore ISIS continues to be able to grow.”
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