Tulsi Gabbard appeared on Fox and Friends Friday, repeating her assertion that the Obama administration has made a mistake by not confronting Islamic extremism in an appropriate fashion.

Gabbard, a military veteran who represents Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, told the program’s host that it’s “a basic principle” to understand the enemy.

“In order to defeat your enemy you must first define them,” she said, explaining that without understanding what the enemy believes and what motivates them, Obama will not be able to come up with an effective strategy.

Tulsi Gabbard on Fox

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Fox and Friends, Feb. 6.

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Later, Gabbard was asked for her reaction to the president’s speech to the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday — specifically, when he said that Christians have their own dark history regarding religion and war.

“It’s not relevant,” she said, adding, “What happened in the past happened in the past.”

Here’s what the president said:

So how do we, as people of faith, reconcile these realities — the profound good, the strength, the tenacity, the compassion and love that can flow from all of our faiths, operating alongside those who seek to hijack religious for their own murderous ends? 

Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history.  And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.  In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.

Michelle and I returned from India — an incredible, beautiful country, full of magnificent diversity — but a place where, in past years, religious faiths of all types have, on occasion, been targeted by other peoples of faith, simply due to their heritage and their beliefs — acts of intolerance that would have shocked Gandhiji, the person who helped to liberate that nation. 

So this is not unique to one group or one religion. …

Fox also asked Gabbard whether Guantanamo Bay should be closed, but she did not directly answer, instead reiterating her opposition to a prisoner exchange last year.

In related news, earlier this week Gabbard asked Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart, USMC about the Obama administration’s aversion to using the term “Islamic extremism.”

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