Dem Rep Blasts Obama And Clinton’s ISIS Strategy [VIDEO]

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Democratic Rep. [crscore]Tulsi Gabbard[/crscore] criticized Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s ISIS strategy explaining, “We’ve got a strategy executed frankly, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.”

In an interview on CNN’s “The Lead” with Jake Tapper on Tuesday, Gabbard said, “So if you look at what’s happening in the Middle East now, the mess that we’re in today can be pointed directly starting with the Bush administration and continuing to today with that lack of military mind-set. That lack of foresight, whether talking about overthrowing Saddam in Iraq, Gaddafi in Libya, the Arab Spring, Mubarak in Egypt, and now Assad in Syria.”

Tapper asked Gabbard to comment on Clinton’s statement from the last Democratic debate where Clinton siad, “We are where we need to be in the fight against ISIS.”

“I would heartily disagree with that,” Gabbard insisted. “We’ve got a strategy executed frankly, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.” The Major in the Hawaii National Guard said, “We are not where we need to be.”

“I’ve been calling for an end to the counterproductive illegal war to overthrow the Syrian government of Assad. And specifically, talking about how dangerous a no-fly zone in Syria would be,” Gabbard argued. “We heard the president talk the other day about his opposition to a no-fly zone but at the same time we’ve heard from many of our presidential candidates advocating for a no-fly zone. I don’t see how your head can be on straight when pushing for a no-fly zone.”

The Hawaii Democrat then criticized both Chris Christie and [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore]’s suggestions that “they would shoot down a Russian plane that violates that no-fly zone.” Gabbard explained that would start a “U.S.-Russia war, an escalation to world war or a nuclear war. This is something that points to a very important issue, which is the fact that our political leaders are not operating with a military mind-set.”

“This is something that I and other other young officers learn very early on in the military, which is before you go out and execute a certain course of action, you’ve got to look at what are the consequences, how will your enemy or other actors react to that course of action. And once they react, how will you? What will your response to that be? And then, what will their response to that be? And continue to go down layer by layer.”

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