If this delusional assessment of the current international situation is an accurate reflection of the US State Department's position on terrorism – and one must assume that it is – we are in deep doodoo. Apparently John Kerry, and by extension the President, believes we can solve international terrorism by creating job opportunities for Muslims?
Never mind the fact that the Obama administration has not only been dismally unsuccessful at providing job opportunities for our own people, but has proven conclusively that they have no idea how to go about it. The proposition that any nation – even if they knew what the hell they were doing – could go out into the world and create jobs in countries over which they have no political of economic control is flat footed stupid. How dumb would you have to be to swallow that – or to believe that anyone else would?
Furthermore, the suggestion that a country beset by government instigated interracial strife, government instigated interclass warfare, and government instigated political polarization could possibly help other nations to "improve their governance" is the height of chutzpa. John Kerry's State Department is proposing not that the blind lead the blind, but that the blind lead the seeing!
These people are either stupid enough to think we would believe that tripe or they are actually stupid enough to believe it themselves. And I'm afraid the latter may tragically be the case.
The source of their error is in their refusal to admit the " root causes that lead people to join these groups." The root cause that leads people to join these groups, Ms Harf and Secretary Kerry and President Obama, is Islam.
Yesterday President Obama opened a convention of the representatives of sixty nations in 'Washington DC to discuss international terrorism. In his opening remarks, the President said, “Leading up to this summit, there’s been a fair amount of debate in the press and among pundits about the words we use to describe and frame this challenge, so I want to be very clear about how I see it. Al Qaeda and ISIL and groups like it are desperate for legitimacy. They try to portray themselves as religious leaders, holy warriors in defense of Islam. We must never accept the premise that they put forward, because it is a lie.”
And in a 17 February Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times, President Obama wrote, "Groups like al Qaeda and ISIL promote a twisted interpretation of religion that is rejected by the overwhelming majority of the world's Muslims." With all due respect, Mr. President, Bull Scat! Al Qaeda and ISIS are Islam. And we will never defeat it if we refuse to call it what it is.
Boko Haram does not call itself Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'Awati Wal-Jiha (People of Sunnah for preaching and Jihad) and ISIS does not call itself the "Islamic State" because they are trying to hide their identity. They tell us vehemently and constantly that their objective is to raise the flag of Islam over the White House and convert America to an Islamic caliphate. And they recite verses from the Koran while they are beheading children.
What part of "We want to kill you and subjugate you" is our government incapable of understanding?