Marie Harf at the State Department put the Obama anti-terror philosophy on full display last night. Even Chris Matthews couldn’t fully rationalize what she was saying:
MATTHEWS: Are we killing enough of them?
HARF: 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, whether —
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…
In those videos ISIS releases before they behead or burn people alive, I must have missed the part where they issue a demand for a “good job at a fair wage.” To be this delusional is to also deny the simple reality that ISIS (and many other terrorists organizations for that matter) already have f*#kloads of money and are heavily financed. JOBS? They’ve got jobs, Marie, and those jobs are to kill “infidels.”
It’s hard to believe that the United States still exists with these people running things, but give them time.
That worldview isn’t Harf’s or Kerry’s alone. It drizzles from the top down, as Obama demonstrates in an op-ed published today:
More broadly, groups like al Qaeda and ISIL exploit the anger that festers when people feel that injustice and corruption leave them with no chance of improving their lives. The world has to offer today’s youth something better.
You see? It’s our fault.
Leave it to the community organizer-in-chief to turn religious fanaticism into a social justice problem.