State Department spokeswoman says jobs, not killing, the key to defeating ISIS
Marie Harf has taken the Obama administration to new depths of self-parody, seemingly shocking even Chris Matthews of MSNBC with her naiveté. Via The Right Scoop:
“We’re killing a lot of them and we’re going to keep killing more of them. So are the Egyptians, so are the Jordanians. They’re in this fight with us. But we cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs…”
Matthews, no thrill running up his leg any more, countered:
MATTHEWS: We’re not going to be able to stop that in our lifetime or fifty lifetimes. There’s always going to be poor people. There’s always going to be poor Muslims, and as long as there are poor Muslims, the trumpet’s blowing and they’ll join. We can’t stop that, can we?
HARF: We can work with countries around the world to help improve their governance. We can help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people…
The unwillingness to acknowledge that ISIS and other jihadis are motivated by religion, that they are following Koranic injunctions, is the real root cause here, not ancient and discredited knee jerk liberal theories of poverty as the cause of violence and crime.
Video below. Watch and weep for our country: