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State Dept. whoppers: Beheading wasn’t directed at the US; Islamic State isn’t ‘Islamic’

With two jaw-dropping statements in a single news conference Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf summed up the entire Obama administration approach to world problems.

And why modern Democrats are so hopeless when it comes to dealing with them.

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State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf

Under questioning by reporters at a news briefing about the savage beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by savages calling themselves the Islamic State, the hapless Harf maintained with a straight face that not only was the crime not directed against the United States, it wasn’t done in the name of religion either, according to CNS.

No matter what the guys who actually did the killing might think.

“I think ISIL wants to make this about the United States and our actions. And I think what the President was trying to say was that this is not about the United States and what we do,” Harf said, apparently even believing it. “This is about countries in the region coming together to fight a shared threat, and this is not about us.”

As someone once said, let this be clear.

Some Islamist animal with a knife slit the throat of an American citizen, explicity because he’s an American citizen. Then distributed a video of the barbarity called, “A message to America.” And that video concluded with a warning to the president of the United States about another hostage, Steve Joel Sotloff, that said, “The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.”

But John Kerry’s State Department is outraged that anyone could take that to mean this was directed in any way at “the United States and what we do.”

And religion?

Most people might think a group that calls itself the Islamic State might have more than a passing belief that it operates in the name of some religion or other. Not to point fingers or anything — just to pull a religion of the air, you understand – most people might think that group was operating in the name of Islam.

But President Obama and the progressives at the State Department know scads more than the Islamic terrorists who are spending their whole benighted lives believing they’re somehow engaged in a war with the United States – and they’re engaging in that war in the name of their own religion.

It’s bad enough when the former community activist in the White House tells American businesses where their interests really are. It’s bad enough when bureaucrats in the Department of Health and Human Services think they make the individual healthcare decisions of 380 million Americans better than those Americans can for themselves.

But when a government has the blinkered effrontery to try to dictate to its enemies exactly who they’re fighting and why, it passes from the nauseatingly arrogant to suicidal on a national scale.

There was a time before the Twin Towers fell when that argument was big – it was also the last part of the last two-term Democrat’s administration. The result was Sept. 11, 2001.

At a hearing of the 9/11 Commission in April, 2014, then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice summed it up in a sentence.

“The terrorists were at war with us,” she testified, “But we were not yet at war with them.

Democrats never learn.

If you can stomach it, check out Harf’s news conference here, via CNS:

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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