GOP Rep: It’s Too Bad Veterans Affairs Isn’t Running ISIL

While discussing the dysfunction at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Friday, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) began to describe how the Islamic State would function if the terrorist organization were led by the VA’s leaders.

“I was speaking before a group the other day and said it’s too bad we can’t take VA leadership and export it and give it to some of our adversaries around the planet. Let them suffer under VA’s leadership,” Coffman said on 850 KOA’s “Colorado Morning News,” according to an audio clipped posted by Buzzfeed News.

“Can you imagine if the VA was in charge of ISIS?” Coffman asked. “They’d probably say: ‘Oh, you know it wasn’t quite 2,000 that we beheaded, it was really 24, is the accurate number. And we’re sorry that, in fact, they were all our own terrorists that we beheaded because they got misclassified in the system as Christians.'”

“I mean that would be, um…that would be the VA in charge of ISIS,” he continued. “So, clearly we need to clean house. We need better leadership. The president needs to be engaged in this and other issues.”

Coffman also discussed a bill he sponsored to authorize additional funding to build a VA hospital in Aurora, Colo., which has passed in the House and Senate. The construction of the hospital has been delayed significantly and will cost $1.7 billion, which would make it one of the most expensive VA construction projects, according to Colorado television station KUSA.

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