Harf: Job Creation to Defeat ISIS 'Too Nuanced an Argument for Some'
State Department spokesperson Marie Harf doubled down on her comments that the strategy against ISIS should include job creation as a long-term solution to defeat the brutal terror army.
"We cannot kill every terrorist around the world, nor should we try. How do you get at the root causes of this? It might be too nuanced an argument for some, like I’ve seen over the past 24 hours, some of the commentary out there. But it’s really the smart way that Democrats, Republicans, military commanders, our partners in the Arab world think we need to combat it," Harf said during an interview on "The Situation Room" yesterday.
Alan Colmes and Brad Blakeman joined Martha MacCallum on "America's Newsroom" today to weigh in on Harf's controversial comments and if they are merely "too nuanced" for some.
Blakeman said that terrorists don't need a jobs program, as they already have a job: killing Americans and those who are not of their faith.
"We are at war with radical Islam. This is modern day Nazism," Blakeman said. "We have a huge, global problem with radical Islam that must be eradicated. You don't provide jobs for them, you destroy them."
Colmes stated that he believes Harf is being terribly misinterpreted. He said what she was really arguing was that we have to address the root causes of radicalization, such as a lack of economic opportunities.
He pointed out that terrorism has not been eradicated during the Bush administration or the Obama administration, asserting that the problem cannot be solved solely through military intervention.
Blakeman agreed the plan to combat terrorism is not working, but he said that's because Obama has refused to identify the enemy as radical Islamists.
"This is a systemic problem," Blakeman said. "The way you win a war is you go in with overwhelming force and you go in to win and you eradicate the enemy."
Watch the clip above.