Even if we tried, we could never forget the time Marie Harf, then State Department deputy spokesperson, informed us that one of the root causes behind the growth of ISIS was the lack of job opportunities. Speaking to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, she explained:
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 lead people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs, whether…
Even Matthews couldn’t take any more and cut her off.
The suspect in today’s shooting that killed four Marines, 24-year-old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, was a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Kuwait and came to the United States in 1996, where he lived in abject poverty. Caution: the following photo of his living conditions may be disturbing.
What was that other stupid thing she said about ISIS? “Ideologies are not defeated with guns, they’re defeated by better ideas?” Oh wait, that wasn’t her, that was … never mind.