The representative of Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District was in national news again Monday, building on her outspoken criticism of the Obama administration’s policy toward terrorism in Iraq and Syria.

“Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Monday she was ‘mind-boggled’ by the Pentagon’s briefing last week of an upcoming military plan to retake Mosul from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS),” according to The Hill.

Gabbard at a Kauai Women Veterans Conference

Rep. Gabbard at a Kauai Women Veterans Conference in 2014.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

More from The Hill’s report:

Pentagon officials at a Thursday briefing gave defense reporters details about the planned operation, angering Republican Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who said it risked the success of the mission. 

“I was similarly mind-boggled and didn’t understand at all how this could be part of a strategic plan in what they’re talking about,” Gabbard, a captain in the Hawaii Army National Guard and Iraq War veteran, said on CNN. 

Gabbard added that her views are informed by her experience as a medic in Iraq.

For a different perspective, read Civil Beat’s The War on ISIS: Tulsi Gabbard, Semantics and the Real Conflict.

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