Come, I will show you a wonder: Chris Matthews saying something that most of the people reading this will agree with*. Transcript via Right Scoop (video of all of this over there, too):
[CHRIS] MATTHEWS: Are we killing enough of them [Islamic State cultists]?
[State Department spokeswoman MARIE] 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…
Bolding mine. Chris Matthews does get credit for being aghast at this, although I think he should have screamed “WHY DID I VOTE FOR YOU FOOLS? NO MORE, BY CROM! NO MORE!” and then flipped the table. Which is, alas, a valid point: we are going to see more and more people on the Left realize that they put far too many chips on Barack Obama and his Happy Fun Time Three-Ring Circus of FAIL. While it will probably be regrettably necessary to eventually let them run the gauntlet and thus rejoin the good guys… well, ‘run the gauntlet’ has a rather specific meaning. One that liberals suddenly rediscovering their inner hawks should certainly learn**.
But I digress. I can’t believe that I have to write this, but here goes: no, people do not burn other people alive, or slit their throats in a mass human sacrifice, or set up slave markets, or crucify other people, or throw them off buildings, or any of the other things that death cultists do, just because those death cultists don’t have access to better jobs. Those death cultists like their jobs. It feeds something in their souls. You’d think that the State Department would know better… well, no, not really: but they used to be better at hiding that. Six years of this administration’s reverse Midas touch is taking its toll.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: My friend and RS colleague streiff has likewise gone off on this. I find, however, that I am too enamored of the vision of Chris Matthews going into Full Conan Mode to not publish this.
*Almost. Chris Matthews apparently thinks that we should go with the AUMF that Obama wants, rather than the AUMF that America needs.
**On a metaphorical level only. We’re not death cultists, after all.