U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard speaks out against action in Iraq

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In an interview on MSNBC's 'The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd' on Friday morning, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard called the ongoing situation in Iraq a "civil war" and said that it makes "no sense" for the United States to consider getting involved.

Iraq's prime minister has asked the U.S. to provide airstrikes against militants that have already taken the cities of Mosul and Tikrit, but Gabbard says she believes the White House should not respond to that request.

"We cannot, nor should we be, the world police and attempt to plug all these holes, because it's not realistic," Rep. Gabbard said in the interview. "We need to stay very focused on using our resources to deal with the direct and imminent threats on the United States and our interests."

In a statement on Friday morning, President Obama said his administration was considering sending additional aid, but was not specific in which form that aid might be delivered.

"We will not be sending troops back into combat, but I have asked my national security team to prepare other options to help support Iraq," President Obama said. "This is not a military challenge. American troops have made sacrifices to give Iraqi's the opportunity to claim their own future."

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