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Marie Harf: ‘We Cannot Win This War By Killing ISIS’

State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf says America and our allied partners around the world “cannot win this war by killing” ISIS.

“We cannot kill our way out of this war,” Harf said Monday on MSNBC’s Hardball.

Harf said ISIS’ brutal massacre of Egyptian Christians “underscores to people who it isn’t just a fight in Iraq and in Syria and that it’s not just a fight about dropping bombs on terrorists. It’s really how we stop the causes that lead to extremism in a place like Libya, the fact that there’s no governance, and there’s no opportunity for young people, it lets groups like ISIL grow there and flourish there, which is what you saw with this awful situation with these Egyptians that you just mentioned, but this is a longer fight, it’s fighting them on social media.”

Last time I checked, dropping bombs on men willing to commit genocide and other atrocities is what America’s military does best. But according to Harf and the Obama administration, the best way to beat ISIS is with a 140 character Twitter rants, commissions, and confabs. “This week, we’re going to have over 60 countries here in Washington to talk about how do we combat this violent extremism together in the long-term, not just in the short-term fight,” Harf said.

“If I were ISIS, I wouldn’t be afraid right now. Nothing we do right now seems to be directed at stopping this,” Chris Matthews said, in a surprising moment of clarity.

“I think there’s a few stages here,” Harf responded. “Right now, what we’re doing is trying to take their leaders and their fighters off the battlefield in Iraq and in Syria, that’s really where they flourish. 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 longer term, medium and longer term, to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs.”

This is some hippie, nation building, Kumbaya on crack. Harf’s “can’t we just all get along” crap is about as bad as when John Kerry said the battle against ISIS will be “determined in classrooms, work places, houses of worship, community centers, urban street corners, in the perceptions and the thoughts of individuals, and the ways in which those perceptions are created.”

This craziness is a theme with this administration.

“We’re not going to be able to stop that in our lifetime, or 50 lifetimes,” a visibly frustrated Matthews said. “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, they’ll join. We can’t stop that, can we?”

“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. . . We can help countries work at the root causes of this, what makes these 17-year-old kids pick up an AK-47, instead of try to start a business?”

“This sounds like we’re going to get rid of juvenile delinquency in America over time by erasing poverty, improving education. Sure, over time. But the American people, I think, are getting humiliated morally by this,” Matthew responded.

It’s no wonder, then, why a majority of Americans say they disapprove of the way Obama is handling ISIS and foreign policy.


Jerome Hudson

Managing Editor

Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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