Could rhetoric from the White House get worse than yesterday’s much-maligned talking point that better jobs could stop Islamic terrorists like ISIS?
Oh, yes — it can get worse. A lot, lot worse:
WTH? Exactly what are ISIS’ “legitimate grievances”?
Knoller is quoting from an op-ed by President Obama in today’s Los Angeles Times. An excerpt (emphasis ours):
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.
Governments that deny human rights play into the hands of extremists who claim that violence is the only way to achieve change. Efforts to counter violent extremism will only succeed if citizens can address legitimate grievances through the democratic process and express themselves through strong civil societies. Those efforts must be matched by economic, educational and entrepreneurial development so people have hope for a life of dignity.
And the mocking has begun in earnest:
And we’ll end it with this:
Ha, yes! The key to defeating ISIS is Festivus and the airing of the [legitimate] grievances. Who knew it would be so easy?