Gretchen's Take: 'Obama Admin Is Doubling Down on Denial'
In her "My Take" this afternoon (video above), Gretchen Carlson accused the Obama administration of "doubling down on denial" when it comes to taking on ISIS.
She pointed out that the White House did not mention "Christians" in a statement condemning the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya. That came on the heels of President Obama calling the recent attack on Jews at a Paris kosher deli "random."
On the other hand, Pope Francis asked Catholics to join him in prayer for our "brothers" who were killed by ISIS solely because they were Christians. The Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, wrote in an op-ed:
"These aren’t sporadic attacks. This is part of an orchestrated fanaticism, an ideology that sees Christianity, Judaism and any religion of peace as the enemy. Fanatics want to take over, and we can’t let that happen. They threaten civilization, everything that is decent and noble about humanity. It is a worldwide crisis that cannot, must not, be ignored."
Carlson wondered why the pope and Cardinal Dolan were not invited to the three-day "violent extremism" summit at the White House, saying maybe they were left out "because they make too much sense."
"This administration continues to hold tight to its messaging of denial. A strategy that won't even come close to degrading or destroying this enemy," she said.
Fox News military analyst Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) then joined "The Real Story" to weigh in on a new statement by State Department spokesperson Marie Harf that job creation could be a long-term solution to stopping the terror army.
"We cannot win this war by killing them, we cannot kill our way out of this war," Harf said on MSNBC last night. "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."
Keane countered that "killing" ISIS is a "pretty good place to start."
"The butchers will continue their butchery until we kill them or capture them. That is a fact and that will take some element on the ground to do it," said Keane.
He said Harf seemed to "mix up" her talking points, adding that it's true that the world cannot defeat radical Islam overall without political, social and economic reforms.
Watch his analysis below.