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The United States is partly to blame for Islamic terrorism around the world, according to a director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"Let's not forget that some of our own foreign policy, as Americans, as the west, have fueled that extremism," Hussam Ayloush, of the group's Los Angeles chapter, told "New Day" host Chris Cuomo during a discussion about Wednesday's terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif.

Ayloush said U.S. support for repressive regimes in the Middle East, including Egypt, helps "push people over to the edge."

"Then they become extremists, then they become terrorists," said Ayloush. "We are partly responsible. Terrorism is a global problem, not a Muslim problem. And the solution has to be global. Everyone has a role in it."

Former State Department official David Tafuri said on "Cavuto Coast to Coast" that Ayloush's comments are "crazy."

Tafuri acknowledged that there is some room for improvement in U.S. foreign policy, but both the Obama and Bush administrations actually took out dictatorships and oppressive regimes.

"It's lunacy. It doesn't make sense. It doesn't match with the facts on the ground," Tafuri said.

Neil Cavuto said this is a classic case of "blaming the victim."

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