Add another one to the you-can’t-make-this-up-pile!
According to a report out in The Daily Beast, the Obama administration met with executives from Snapchat, HBO and other Hollywood muckety-mucks earlier this year at a “super-exclusive vacation spot” in California in order to get new ideas on how to win the propaganda war against ISIS.
You see, according to team Obama, winning against ISIS is all about unleashing the power of “community-based strategies” (emphasis ours):
In June, State Department officials and counterterrorism advisors traveled to Sunnylands (nicknamed the “Camp David of the West,” due to its history of being a super-exclusive vacation spot for celebrities and politicians) in Rancho Mirage, California, for a summit on how to effectively fight a propaganda and media war against extremist networks abroad. ISIS, for instance, has already mastered the art of ripping off Hollywood techniques to make recruiting and propaganda films, and basically has its own Twitter army. The June meetings were essentially a sequel to a three-day summit convened by the White House in February on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) through community-based strategies.
Industry and government sources tell The Daily Beast that attendees included Mark Boal (Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty), and executives from HBO, Snapchat, and Middle Eastern broadcaster MBC. (Earlier this year, British Prime Minister David Cameron weighed the idea of banning Snapchat out of fear that terrorists send encrypted communications via the video messaging service.)
If this really is what the Obama administration thinks will defeat ISIS, then maybe it’s time we just admit they’ve won:
Think again, turn away. In eight seconds. https://t.co/GrtxFNZsjE
— Hend Amry (@LibyaLiberty) September 29, 2015
— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) September 29, 2015
— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) September 29, 2015
— Jeff Harrison (@JeffHarrison) September 29, 2015
— Kenton McCarthy (@colonelguano) September 29, 2015
— IMA CA GOPer (@IMA_CA_GOPer) September 29, 2015
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) September 29, 2015
— SCOTCH MAN (@prakram_pmk) September 29, 2015
— David Dunn (@davidhldunn) September 29, 2015
But always remember kids, it can get worse:
Next: beating ISIS with emojis. https://t.co/ilNJZx9ASf
— William Lafi Youmans (@wyoumans) September 29, 2015
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