State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that the United States can’t defeat ISIS by killing its members.
It’s an interesting point of view because, historically speaking, dead people don’t put up much of a fight.
Nonetheless, Harf continued, “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.”
Funny, it was working when Bush was in charge.
ISIS seems to think otherwise, too, as it mows down Christians, Jews, women, children, probably dogs and cats too.
I’m not sure that Harf understands the concept of war.
But then, a high level official not clear on reality? Not so uncommon for the Obama Administration, where the new propaganda minister in charge of humiliating ISIS has connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.
So what’s the plan, then? Harf said we have to go after the “root causes” of terrorism, like a “lack of jobs.”
The Administration has had more than six years to do something about the “lack of jobs” in this country and made little to no progress, so how Harf thinks it can be done in countries where terrorists throw bombs at people just for walking in the street, much less holding down a productive means of living, is a bit of a mystery.
“We can work with countries around the world to help improve their governance,” she insisted. “We can help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people.”
Earth to Harf: Many terrorists come from wealthy, oil-producing countries already. If there are no jobs, it’s because of a serious lack of motivation. Might have something to do with living in communities where the religious police can haul you off and beat and torture you for any excuse whatsoever.
Harf obviously was drawing from historical precedent in which Nazis, the Japanese empire and other enemies of the world were dissuaded from their evil ways by giving them gainful employment. …
Even Matthews wasn’t buying Harf’s line: “There’s always going to be poor people,” Matthews said. “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?”
Like the saying goes, except for tyranny, slavery, Nazism, communism, piracy, Muslim conquest, invasion and fascism, war has never solved anything.