State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf shocked the world Monday night, exposing how naive and idealistic she is. She told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that:
“We cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need, in the longer term, 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…”
The notion that poverty is the root of the problem is a red herring in a lake of sharks. Islamic extremism, a term the Obama administration refuses to use, is the core of the situation. Of course, some terrorists are from poor backgrounds and may have joined partly because of their oppression. But it is definitely not the root cause.
The evidence? Here are some facts the Washington Examiner reported in 2010:
“In his book Understanding Terror Networks, terrorism analyst Marc Sageman documented 102 Islamist radicals involved in global jihad. Roughly three quarters of these men could be classified as ‘upper class’ or ‘middle class.'”
Hypothetically speaking, even if poverty was the actual root of the problem, there is no way feasible solution to completely eliminating it. There are literally billions of people in the world who live in such conditions. Even the liberal Chris Matthews admitted “there’s always going to be poor people.”
To be fair, I would admit that her first statement that “we cannot kill our way out of this war,” is partly true. In order to win this war, we must suppress their social media presence and go after their marketing schemes. Of course, a very strong counterintelligence network is vital to winning any war. Diplomacy is also crucial to reconciling Iraq’s Sunni Arab and Kurdish political leaders.
Another way to dismantle ISIS is breaking their cash flow and banking networks. According to the U.S. Treasury Department, they bring in $1 million a day from oil revenue, extortion, kidnapping, and individual donations. Massive international pressure is vital to cutting off their revenue streams.
But, job creation and poverty alleviation programs? That is very imprudent, and quite frankly naive.
It is absolutely embarrassing that someone like Harf is working for and representing the United States of America. How is it possible that with millions of people out of work, this uninformed individual lands a job with the State Department?
As an American, I am truly embarrassed.