Gabbard opposes Obama’s decision to send support to Iraq

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Photo: FOX News)

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard spoke out Thursday against President Obama’s decision to send soldiers and as many as 300 military advisers to Iraq.

The Congresswoman spoke with FOX News’ Greta Van Susteren, drawing from her personal experience in Iraq in 2004.

Gabbard said she doesn’t agree with the move and criticized those who do, saying there’s no need to sacrifice human lives.

“Every single day that I’m home I remember the faces of my friends who did not come home, so it makes me very mad when I hear leaders in our country, people like Lindsey Graham and John McCain, people who are responsible for the sacrificing of thousands of American lives, trillions of American taxpayer dollars and who are now beating these war drums again, making the case that look, if we just drop a few more bombs, if we just do a few more things militarily on the ground in Iraq, that somehow we’ll achieve peace and stability there when really that’s just not true,” Gabbard said.

Gabbard said military advisers will not make a difference in Iraq. “What will they be able to accomplish that has not already been tried and failed before?” she said.

The country is experiencing a violent insurgency led by the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The fast-moving rebellion has already overrun Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul, Tikrit and military and police bases, often with little resistance.

It’s being considered the biggest threat to Iraq’s stability since the U.S. withdrawal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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