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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

OMG: She actually said this....

Yes, she actually said it.
From the Right Scoop via Weasel Zippers:
MATTHEWS: How do we stop this? I don’t see it. I see the Shia militias coming out of Baghdad who are all Shia. The Sunnis hate them. The Sunnis are loyal to ISIS rather than going in with the Shia. You’ve got the Kurds, the Jordanian air force and now the Egyptian air force. But i don’t see any — If i were ISIS, I wouldn’t be afraid right now. I can figure there is no existential threat to these people. They can keep finding places where they can hold executions and putting the camera work together, getting their props ready and killing people for show. And nothing we do right now seems to be directed at stopping this.
HARF: Well, I think there’s a few stages here. Right now what we’re doing is trying to take their leaders and their fighters off the battlefield in Iraq and Syria. That’s really where they flourish.
MATTHEWS: Are we killing enough of them?
HARF: 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. We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs, whether —

MATTHEWS: We’re not going to be able to stop that in our lifetime or fifty lifetimes. There’s always going to be poor people. There’s always going to be poor muslims, and as long as there are poor Muslims, the trumpet’s blowing and they’ll join. We can’t stop that, can we?
HARF: 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…
Many things about this story trouble me. I suppose the most troubling thing is that she started her career in DC as a Middle East analyst for the CIA. Let that sink in.
Two comments:

1. Who's more dangerous to the Western civilization? Marie Harf or Wendy Sherman?
Sherman is a total incompetent who is in way over her head. In fact, one has to wonder whether the real reason that Kerry rushed to Geneva last weekend was because the administration has no confidence in Sherman, who is nothing but a hack. Here's Bret Stephens in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week.

In 1988, the former social worker ran the Washington office of the Dukakis campaign and worked at the Democratic National Committee. That was the year the Massachusetts governor carried 111 electoral votes to George H.W. Bush's 426. In the mid-1990s, Ms. Sherman was briefly the CEO of something called the Fannie Mae Foundation, supposedly a charity that was shut down a decade later for what the Washington Post called "using tax-exempt contributions to advance corporate interests."
From there it was on to the State Department, where she served as a point person in nuclear negotiations with North Korea and met with Kim Jong Il himself. The late dictator, she testified, was "witty and humorous," "a conceptual thinker," "a quick problem-solver," "smart, engaged, knowledgeable, self-confident." Also a movie buff who loved Michael Jordan highlight videos. A regular guy!
Later Ms. Sherman was to be found working for her former boss as the No. 2 at the Albright-Stonebridge Group before taking the No. 3 spot at the State Department. Ethics scolds might describe the arc of her career as a revolving door between misspending taxpayer dollars in government and mooching off them in the private sector. But it's mainly an example of failing up—the Washingtonian phenomenon of promotion to ever-higher positions of authority and prestige irrespective of past performance.
This administration in particular is stuffed with fail-uppers—the president, the vice president, the secretary of state and the national security adviser, to name a few—and every now and then it shows. Like, for instance, when people for whom the test of real-world results has never meant very much meet people for whom that test means everything.
2. Harf at least has the excuse that she's blonde - Sherman's hair is white so you can't really tell what it used to be. Heh. 

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At 4:45 PM, Blogger Inland Coast said...

Every time I see Harf speak, I swear I'm watching an SNL skit. At least, that's what my mind is telling me....

At 6:05 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

First off Chris Matthews screaming for a violent in person troop deployment on the ground to confront ISIS is possibly a brand new definition for hypocrisy approaching that which cannot be contained by mere language. All of a sudden that fat smirk is a 'nation builder'? Seriously? After standing on his desk for every day of the Bush administrations and shouting himself hoarse with spit flying from his mouth that that's a war crime? After 6 years of proclaiming that Obama is the reincarnation of Jesus, the prince of peace and that in a thousand years people will smile when they remember that Obama ended all wars everywhere especially the evil racist wars of Bush? Really Chris? Are ya really telling us you're rooting for American GIs to fly over to the sewer of the world to impose 'our will' on them like you excoriated everyone for saying that very thing for the better part of a decade?

At 12:55 AM, Blogger joseph said...

Except Mitt Romney said the same thing.

At 1:32 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

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