Kerry looks for advice on defeating ISIS from Hollywood execs?

This is bizarrely and touchingly naive.  John Kerry traveled to California to hobnob with studio executives, soliciting ideas on how to fight radical Islam.

No, really.  He did.

What's more, the State Department was clueless enough to announce the purpose and location of the event.

It doesn't matter what we think about Kerry asking ignoramuses about strategy to combat ISIS propaganda.  What matters is what ISIS thinks about it.

We'll ask them when they stop laughing.

Matthew Continetti, writing in the Washington Free Beacon, imagines what the execs said to Kerry:

If there is one thing we know about Hollywood executives, it is that they are full of perspectives, have plenty of ideas. You need to tell our story, Mr. Secretary. Fix the plot point in Act Two. The tweets we are sending to convince young Muslim men not to join the Caliphate—do they have character arcs? Are they bankable? We can work with the Chinese on this; they keep telling Jeffrey about their problem with the Uighurs. Perhaps we could enlist actors to speak out against ISIS. A public service announcement, with Hillary Swank gazing sadly into the camera—that might make Ahad al Islam think twice about taking a Yazidi sex slave. Or have Steven Spielberg direct a short film on American efforts to combat Islamophabia. We can get Kushner to write it: “Allah in America”! It won’t be anything big, just 10 or 20 minutes long. A cost effective plan, if we can leverage viral propagation. I know George Clooney will be interested. When we stopped by the villa after Cannes last year Amal said something about how terrible it is, the killing. And it is terrible, awful. And the refugees: We can partner with Go Pro. Give them cameras to tell their stories. We’ll edit them here, in one of our studio bays, and release them via Youtube. They’ll become memes. And the memes can link back to the State Department homepage about all you and the president are doing to show that ISIS has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam. No we missed Davos this year because we were getting ready for Sundance. But anyway we have to be sure not to offend anyone. That would be the worst. That would just play into ISIS’s hands. Can you believe what Donald Trump said? Terrible. Sets us back. 

This probably isn't that far off the mark, despite Continetti's attempt at satire.  But what's truly scary is that ISIS doesn't care if Kerry and the administration believe that the terrorists represent Islam or not.  In their own minds, they do.  And ignoring that singular fact in favor of a politically correct false consciousness guarantees failure in our efforts to destroy them.

This is bizarrely and touchingly naive.  John Kerry traveled to California to hobnob with studio executives, soliciting ideas on how to fight radical Islam.

No, really.  He did.

What's more, the State Department was clueless enough to announce the purpose and location of the event.

It doesn't matter what we think about Kerry asking ignoramuses about strategy to combat ISIS propaganda.  What matters is what ISIS thinks about it.

We'll ask them when they stop laughing.

Matthew Continetti, writing in the Washington Free Beacon, imagines what the execs said to Kerry:

If there is one thing we know about Hollywood executives, it is that they are full of perspectives, have plenty of ideas. You need to tell our story, Mr. Secretary. Fix the plot point in Act Two. The tweets we are sending to convince young Muslim men not to join the Caliphate—do they have character arcs? Are they bankable? We can work with the Chinese on this; they keep telling Jeffrey about their problem with the Uighurs. Perhaps we could enlist actors to speak out against ISIS. A public service announcement, with Hillary Swank gazing sadly into the camera—that might make Ahad al Islam think twice about taking a Yazidi sex slave. Or have Steven Spielberg direct a short film on American efforts to combat Islamophabia. We can get Kushner to write it: “Allah in America”! It won’t be anything big, just 10 or 20 minutes long. A cost effective plan, if we can leverage viral propagation. I know George Clooney will be interested. When we stopped by the villa after Cannes last year Amal said something about how terrible it is, the killing. And it is terrible, awful. And the refugees: We can partner with Go Pro. Give them cameras to tell their stories. We’ll edit them here, in one of our studio bays, and release them via Youtube. They’ll become memes. And the memes can link back to the State Department homepage about all you and the president are doing to show that ISIS has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam. No we missed Davos this year because we were getting ready for Sundance. But anyway we have to be sure not to offend anyone. That would be the worst. That would just play into ISIS’s hands. Can you believe what Donald Trump said? Terrible. Sets us back. 

This probably isn't that far off the mark, despite Continetti's attempt at satire.  But what's truly scary is that ISIS doesn't care if Kerry and the administration believe that the terrorists represent Islam or not.  In their own minds, they do.  And ignoring that singular fact in favor of a politically correct false consciousness guarantees failure in our efforts to destroy them.