Obama's Dangerous Delusions About ISIS, Islamic Extremism


“We cannot kill our way out of this war,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Monday night. “We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s a lack of opportunity for jobs --”

Here, Matthews, cut her off.

“We’re not going to be able to stop that in our lifetime or fifty lifetimes,” he blurted out. “There’s always going to be poor people. There’s always going to be poor Muslims, and as long as there are poor Muslims, the trumpet’s blowing and they’ll join. We can’t stop that, can we?”

Matthews, who is neither a hawk nor a knee-jerk critic of President Obama, had put his finger on the problem. To call economic deprivation a root cause of religious fanaticism is simply nonsensical.

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