'We Can't Kill Our Way Out': State Dept Cites 'Lack of Jobs' for Rise of ISIS
State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said on MSNBC that the U.S. cannot "kill our way out" of the war against ISIS, bringing up job creation as a long-term solution to stopping the terror army.
"We’re killing a lot of them and we’re going to keep killing more of them, so are the Egyptians, so are the Jordanians. They’re in this fight with us. But we cannot win this war by killing them, we cannot kill our way out of this war," Harf said. "We need, in the longer term, medium and longer term, to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs."
"We can work with countries around the world to help improve their governance. We can help them build their economies, so they can have job opportunities for these people."
Laura Ingraham said on "Fox and Friends" that the Obama administration's strategy in the fight against ISIS is growing "increasingly untenable."
She pointed out that many of the people who have joined ISIS were actually middle class and upper middle class citizens who were employed and had plenty of opportunities.
"This is an insult to all the people in the world who are actually poor and are not blowing people up and not targeting Christians," Ingraham said. "This is a religious war. The rest of the world is waking up to this and there's one person ... who doesn't get this, and it's the President of the United States"
Ingraham asserted that Obama and people like Harf are hurting the cause of destroying evil because they refuse to call it what it is.
Watch the "Fox and Friends" clip above.
Later on "America's Newsroom," Fox News national security analyst K.T. McFarland discussed Harf's statement with Martha MacCallum.
"I mean, what is she talking about!?" MacCallum asked.
McFarland argued that if poverty was truly the problem, then India would be the most radical country in the world.
"This is a much bigger thing. This is the existential threat of our time. It's radical Islam that wants to destroy Western civilization. The same way Nazis wanted to destroy it," said McFarland.
She said that in order to defeat ISIS, there needs to be a much larger strategy led by the United States.
"Yet there's none of it. The president, I think, has just checked out. It's willful blindness. He either doesn't see it or he doesn't want to see it or he has no idea what to do about it. He is Neville Chamberlain," she said.
Watch the interview below.