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Doubling down on stupid

That’s what Ms. Harf did yesterday (see below), after she caught flak all over the place for her absolutely clueless argument concerning ISIS and … jobs.  Appearing with Wolf Blitzer, here’s how it went down:

When Wolf Blitzer observed that the poverty-breeds-terrorism theory is hopelessly flawed and that high-profile attackers like Osama bin Laden and Mohamed Atta were relatively comfortable and privileged, Harf declined to acknowledge his point. Though she issued an emphatic “absolutely” so as to convey that she was, in fact, listening to Blitzer and understood the words that were coming out of his mouth, she instead plunged into a pre-canned attempt at damage control as her response:

“If we looked around the world and say long-term we cannot kill every terrorist around the world nor should we try, how do you get at the root causes of this?” she asked. “Look, it might be too nuanced of an argument for some like I’ve seen over the past 24 hours some of the commentary out but it’s really the smart way for Democrats, for Republicans, military commanders, our partners in the Arab world think we need to combat it.”

There’s really no other way to interpret that. If you don’t think that statements like “we can’t kill our way out of this war” and asserting that ISIS militants “lack opportunity for jobs” oversimplifies the crisis in the Middle East, Harf does not believe that you are her intellectual equal.

Good lord, Ms. Harf – sometimes it is better to remain silent and be perceived a fool instead of opening your mouth and removing all doubt.  Nuanced?  Nuanced?!

It is a stupid and uninformed argument.

Stupid!  Uninformed!

Sorry, I’m not feeling a “nuanced” rebuttal is warranted.

As Noah Rothman concludes:

That she would flatter herself into believing that she had spoken over the nation’s heads reflects the hubris that explains her insultingly naïve belief that this abhorrent ideology can only be defeated by an army of career counselors.



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28 Responses to Doubling down on stupid

  • Hey.

    Would I be a terrible chauvinist pig if I asked –

    Isn’t that pamajaboy with a close shave and a blond wig?

  • But…but…but she has a COLLEGE DEGREE!!! Of COURSE she is more nuanced than the semi-literate hoi polloi.Those people work with their HANDS!

  • If only we had understood that the Germans, Japanese and Italians were looking for work we could have avoided that whole killing thing in WWII!

    We certainly didn’t win it by killing our way out of the war now did we!
    No! we won it by killing and turning their countries into parking lots where they could get jobs parking Allied military hardware, pumping gas for Allied equipment, or selling food and drinks to Allied military personnel..

    • “You don’t win a war by dying for your country. You win a war by making the other poor bastard get a job”
      — Gen. Patton

    • Hey, at least we know now where all the eBay call centers should be located. Who volunteers to do the fiber-optic lines?

  • It’s the glasses I tells ya! The glasses make her look smart, therefore she IS smart…..

    She’s the kind of girl that Humphrey Bogart would’ve slapped to stop her mouthyness back in the golden age of cinema

  • “What if they gave a war, and nobody (with a brain) came?”

    Now we know.

  • #jobsforjihadis

    I’m a little concerned about giving them jobs though,
    they have this unfortunate reputation for workplace violence.

    • That, and spontaneously exploding. I’d say it could involve some employer liability issues.

      • That’s why Obama gave us the Affordable Insurance Scam and why he will use his pen and phone to regulate those nasty old liabilities down the drain for the right big donor owned companies!

      • Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told his country’s state controlled media in a recent interview that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has instructed him to stop yelling at Kerry and other top U.S. officials during the talks.

        You can tell that the “nuke” talks are going well.

        • Depends on you you are doesn’t it.
          I suspect Iran is quite pleased with them.

          I wonder if they’ve decided on the shape of mutually acceptable water pitchers and glasses yet.

  • Exactly, when does the little boy appear to tell us that the emperor has no clothes ?

  • Speaking of doubling down on stupid – once more we get to hear Obama talk about muslims founding the country and building the railroads and factories.

    I think he should tell us about the Muslims of North Africa helping to create the traditions of the American Navy, providing the opportunity for the Marines to go to the “Shores of Tripoli”, training officers like Decatur, Bainbridge, and Hull.

    • Barracula is trying to thread the needle with a can of rhetorical silly string. It’s perversely fun to watch.

    • “In most Arab countries, the authoritarian leadership is in some ways more liberal than the majority of the citizenry. As bad as these regimes are . . . almost every time the democratic process has been tried in the Islamic world, it’s produced more extremism and factional violence.” Exactly.

    • Those generations of Muslims who came here and helped conquer North America have a great deal of atonement to make to the Native Americans they displaced in their expansion.


  • “When people spew hatred toward others,” says the Pres., “it feeds into terrorist narratives.”

    Obama points to “anti-immigrant” sentiment that “feeds into terrorist narratives” (if you don’t support my immigration policies the terrorists will become angry).

    • It’s all about forcing appeasement as the solution.

      Incite blacks to violence
      Make the public guilty or apprehensive about using physical solution to a physical threat (aka the cops)
      Leave appeasement as the solution

      Why not apply the policy externally.

  • When I saw the title of the post, “Doubling Down On Stupid”, I thought you folks had let Scott Erb guest-host.

  • Well now, would could try putting all the people shrieking ‘ISIS isn’t Islam’ to work killing ISIS. Then ‘more jobs’ actually would equal ‘fewer terrorists.’

  • How reassuring that the people immolated and beheaded were done in service of legitimate grievances.
    I’d hate to see what would happen if they totally crazy barbarians who belonged to a death cult and worshipped a stupid rock and a child molester. WHAT A RELIEF!!!

    • Seeing the world through the Communist revolutionary template. I think its roughly monarchy/dictatorship, then democracy, then communism. All they can see is the revolution of a disenfranchised underclass between the democracy to communism transition. Regrettably bloody, but paradise is worth it. They have plans for that here eventually.