I can't believe that there is anybody who still believes the myth that if only those poor, disaffected young 'uns had jobs, all would be unicorns and rainbows in our world., and peace would break out. The years-long evidence - including the most recent profiles of western-born ISIS wannabe terrorists - does not support that glib rhetoric.
Found this picture of State Department Spokesman Marie Harf here.... Go over and read their snarky response (filled with historically correct FACTS, by the way.)
I wanted to know who this woman is, making such 'official' pronouncements, and guess what? She actually does claim a Masters degree in Foreign Affairs:
Ms. Harf received her Master’s degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, where her thesis evaluated the prospects for continued regime stability in Saudi Arabia. She graduated with honors from Indiana University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with concentrations in Jewish Studies and Russian and Eastern European Studies.
This, of course, adds fuel to the street smarts - v - academics debate that I have been part of lately...[Full disclosure: I also wear glasses, and yes, I do have an academic background - although my own claims to foreign affairs did not get academic recognition. But I digress .]
Quite apart from how foolhardy, how dangerous such comments are, the ongoing ineffectiveness of the US non-existent foreign policy has not gone unremarked on both across the US, and globally.
JihadWatch can always be counted upon for incisive analysis:
In reality, it’s an unpleasant fact, but killing the enemy is indeed how wars have historically been won. [emphasis mine] Never in the history of the world has a war been won by alleviating the poverty of the enemy. And while even Chris Matthews finds this hard to swallow here, this is Obama Administration policy, and it was Bush Administration policy before that. The Washington establishment, both Democrat and Republican, believes that poverty causes terrorism, and that giving money to countries from which terrorists come will ultimately eradicate terrorism. There are three problems with this: first, study after study has shown that jihad terrorists are wealthier and better educated than their peers; second, this has been tried for years, with billions pumped into Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries, and it has failed: the problem of jihad terrorism is worse than ever; and third, the jihad terrorists believe they are warriors of Allah, the Lord of the Worlds — the noblest calling on earth. Does Marie Harf really think that they would give that up for a chance to say, “Would you like fries with that?”
There is much more in that same tone, here.
From Commentary Magazine: