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State Department’s Lame Strategy for Attacking ISIS

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 17, 2015

Earlier today we posted a clear and concise strategy for defeating the Islamic terrorist group, ISIS, proffered by Dr. Ben Carson, GOP presidential candidate.  Posted below is a video clip from State Department spokeswoman, Marie Harf.  Her comments are an embarrassment embarrassing to the country she represents.

Harf says: “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…”

To that MSNBC commentator and fellow liberal Chris Matthews appropriately retorts: “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?”

Instead of realizing how preposterous her initial statement was, Harf double downs responding: “What makes these seventeen-year-old kids pick up an AK-47 instead of starting a business? Maybe we can try to chip away at this problem”.  Yikes!

Ms. Harf seems to have shortsighted understanding of history.  It begs the question as to why other poor cultures have not become so violent.  It ignores the fact that Osama bin Laden was a billionaire’s heir and most of the 9/11 hijackers came from wealthy Saudi Arabia.  The passion these terrorists fight for his far deeper than that involved with seeking wealth.  If only it was that simple Ms. Harf.

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