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.
Libs will always go out of their way to find a moral equivalence for Islamic terrorism. In this example, discover how a terrorist attack that left 12 dead in Paris isn’t all that different than Jerry Falwell’s lawsuit against Larry Flynt:
Got that? A defamation lawsuit filed by a Christian against a porno dirtbag = Islamists killing a dozen people in cold blood. It makes as much sense as almost anything else on MSNBC.
Five men who were held for a dozen years at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent to the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan for resettlement, the U.S. government announced Tuesday.
The two men from Tunisia and three from Yemen had been cleared for release from the prison by a government task force but could not be sent to their homelands. The U.S. has sent hundreds of prisoners from Guantanamo to third countries but this is the first time Kazakhstan has accepted any for resettlement.
Their release brings the prison population at Guantanamo to 127, according to a Pentagon statement.
Nearly 30 prisoners have been resettled in third countries this year as part of President Barack Obama’s renewed push to close the detention center over opposition from Congress.
The excuse they couldn’t be sent to their “homelands” is hilarious: Because of “unrest and militant activity.” In other words the Obama administration is saying it would be be like releasing somebody from the Betty Ford Clinic and sending them to live on Fremont Street in Vegas. Usually the truth is that their home countries don’t want them back.
State Department spokesdoofus Jen Psaki, after being asked about the beheading of Steve Sotloff, was quick to not want to “label” the barbaric act:
“I’m not going to put new labels on it,” she said. “We certainly consider this reported act, [and] the act of the killing of James Foley, as a horrific terrorist act that… has been one of the motivating factors in the effort… to undergo the creation of an international coalition to address this threat.”
Meanwhile, State Department spokespinhead #2, Marie Harf, did have some harsh criticism… for Fox News and Bill O’Reilly:
It took the U.S. nearly two years to take into custody the “mastermind” of the Benghazi attack (how one can “mastermind” what was allegedly a spontaneous attack is anybody’s guess). The person in question lived relatively openly in Libya, and even conducted media interviews.
State Department spokes-hack Jen Psaki was grilled about it by Fox News’ James Rosen:
The answer as to why the Obama administration waited so long is that the wheels are coming off everything else and they need to reel in every piece of “good news” they possibly can.
Naturally the Obama administration will try the attacker in U.S. civil court. Nothing like affording constitutional protections to people who have dedicated their lives to loathing the U.S. Constitution.
Sometimes the Republicans point out valid issues we should be concerned about, but they often to a horrible job at “selling” their position. When it comes to this, the Right can certainly take a lesson from the Left.
I’ll hand it to the libs, they do a far better job at packaging issues to generate maximum public emotion.
Take for example President Obama releasing five terrorists from Gitmo.
How the Republicans report it: “President Obama released five terrorists from Gitmo!”
If it were a Republican president who released those five men the liberal spin machine would have a field day. Here’s how the Left would sell that same story: “The president just released five men who support hanging gays and stoning women to death for the ‘crime’ of being raped!” (“War on Women” and “rampant homophobia” two-fer!) And don’t think for a second they wouldn’t also throw out a body count, no matter if it were true or not: “These men have already killed over 1,000 people, mostly children. And they’re also global warming deniers!”
The DNC would probably even throw in stuff like this:
This is happening in Qatar right now because President Republican released the Gitmo 5:
Come on, Republicans — think it through for maximum impact.
While reading the words of John Kerry ask yourself how Osama Bin Laden could have pulled off 9/11 if he’d have been poor:
We talked about the common interest of Pope Francis and President Obama in addressing poverty and extreme poverty on a global basis. The United States of America is deeply involved in efforts in Africa and in other parts of the world – in Asia, South Central Asia – to address this poverty, as is the Catholic Church. And so we have a huge common interest in dealing with this issue of poverty, which in many cases is the root cause of terrorism or even the root cause of the disenfranchisement of millions of people on this planet.
So, the problem isn’t fanaticism, but rather that people get into the business of mass slaughter because there aren’t enough Teresa Heinz’s for these assholes to marry?
At least Kerry’s protected by his own logic. If you were to ask him why he doesn’t give away his wife’s money to help end “economic disenfranchisement” he could argue that by doing so he’d put himself at risk of turning to terrorism to make ends meet.
Today marks the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, when thousands lost their lives, and it is also the first anniversary of the Benghazi attack, where four Americans lost their lives.
On 9/11/01, I was working at a TV station — a CBS affiliate — and like all of you, remember the rest of that day vividly. This was how it started:
When the first reports came in that a “small plane” hit the tower, I remember my boss at the time, who had been to the WTC many times (our corporate HQ was about a mile away), said “that was NO ‘small plane.'” No, it wasn’t.
One of our employees at corporate HQ in New York had a brother who worked in one of the towers, and though it wasn’t known at the time, he had called in and left a message that he wouldn’t be in the office until the afternoon because he wasn’t feeling well. Our employee didn’t know that at the time, so naturally it was a very tense few hours until he heard from his brother and found out he wasn’t in the tower when it went down.
There was one American in orbit that day. This is what it looked like: