Courtesy of Marie Harf, who actually has a job in our State Department, and who said the following regarding the war with ISIL:
. . . We can not win this war by killing them. We can not kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium and longer term to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether it is lack of opportunity for jobs–
Harf has now taken to Twitter to claim that her critics are too dumb to have properly understood her comments. Or something.
To be sure, there is much more that has to be done–in addition to military campaigns–in order to defeat terrorism. But a “lack of opportunity for jobs” is not driving the creation of ISIL, and a jobs program won’t stop the beheadings. To claim otherwise is to live in a fantasy world; something this administration and its foreign policy/national security team seem to make a habit of doing.