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Marie Harf: Jobs for terrorists ‘too nuanced an argument for some’

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State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf may have to have that foot surgically removed from her mouth.

After telling Chris Matthews Monday, “We cannot kill our way out of this war,” and implying that all the crazed killers of ISIS really need are some good job opportunities, Harf continued her free fall Tuesday when she appeared on CNN’s “The Situation Room” to explain her comments.

“I’m not the first person to say something like this,” she told host Wolf Blitzer. “Military commanders that we’ve had throughout many years here fighting this war on terrorism have said the exact same thing: That in the short term, when there’s a threat like ISIL, we’ll take direct military action against these terrorists. We have done that. We are doing that in Iraq and Syria. But longer term, we have to look at how we combat the conditions that can lead people to turn to extremism.”

Blitzer gave her a chance to explain her previous comments and if she really thought getting these men jobs would prevent them from becoming terrorists. Harf just dug the hole deeper.

“We cannot kill every terrorist around the world, nor should we try,” she said. “How do you get at the root causes of this? It might be too nuanced an argument for some, like I’ve seen over the last 24 hours some of the commentary out there, but it’s really the smart way that Democrats, Republicans, our partners in the Arab, world think we need to combat it.”

Well, Marie, maybe everyone else who thinks we ought to try to kill every terrorist we can find is just so far beneath you they cannot understand how getting ISIS gunmen jobs at Chick-Fil-A would prevent terrorism.

Or it could be that the insufferable “we-know-better-than-everyone-else” attitudes you and your bosses have are what’s keeping us from winning this war so far.

And maybe you just ought to stop talking.

Carmine Sabia


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