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State Department Spokeswoman Says US Cannot Defeat ISIS Militarily

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State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf offered an interesting analysis of the US’ policy towards ISIS. On the show Hardball on MSNBC Harf claimed there was no military solution to the ISIS threat saying “We cannot kill our way out of this war,” rather, Harf offered, the US should focus on economic concerns in the Middle East to solve the ISIS problem.

Harf’s view is certainly a defensible one, but is it President Obama’s? By all accounts the current strategy in place is to pursue a military solution to the ISIS problem. In fact, with the new AUMF Team Obama is doubling down on responding to ISIS militarily and seeking to raise the stakes by putting in US troops.

Someone did not get the memo.

During a Monday evening interview with MSNBC, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told Chris Matthews that the United States cannot defeat ISIS simply by killing them. Instead, she said, we must use a combination of military force and an exploration of the reasons why so many young people keep joining up with the Islamic State to fight against the West.

“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,” Harf said. “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 a lack of opportunity for jobs.

But did Harf speak out of turn or did she just fill a vacuum? The Obama Administration’s foreign policy doctrine is seemingly non-existent and operates on continual swings between reasonable caution and reckless belligerence. In other words, a non-strategy.

Nowhere is this non-strategy more evident than in the ISIS policy. After the Obama Administration helped arm ISIS in hopes of bringing down the Assad government it changed course and launched an air war against the group in Iraq which crept into Syria. When asked if the US is still trying to bring down the Assad government the White House gets evasive.

If the state department is convinced ISIS can not be militarily defeated then why send in ground troops?

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State Department Spokeswoman Says US Cannot Defeat ISIS Militarily

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State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf offered an interesting analysis of the US’ policy towards ISIS. On the show Hardball on MSNBC Harf claimed there was no military solution to the ISIS threat saying “We cannot kill our way out of this war,” rather, Harf offered, the US should focus on economic concerns in the Middle East to solve the ISIS problem.

Harf’s view is certainly a defensible one, but is it President Obama’s? By all accounts the current strategy in place is to pursue a military solution to the ISIS problem. In fact, with the new AUMF Team Obama is doubling down on responding to ISIS militarily and seeking to raise the stakes by putting in US troops.

Someone did not get the memo.

During a Monday evening interview with MSNBC, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told Chris Matthews that the United States cannot defeat ISIS simply by killing them. Instead, she said, we must use a combination of military force and an exploration of the reasons why so many young people keep joining up with the Islamic State to fight against the West.

“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,” Harf said. “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 a lack of opportunity for jobs.

But did Harf speak out of turn or did she just fill a vacuum? The Obama Administration’s foreign policy doctrine is seemingly non-existent and operates on continual swings between reasonable caution and reckless belligerence. In other words,  a non-strategy.

Nowhere is this non-strategy more evident than in the ISIS policy. After the Obama Administration helped arm ISIS in hopes of bringing down the Assad government it changed course and launched an air war against the group in Iraq which crept into Syria. When asked if the US is still trying to bring down the Assad government the White House gets evasive.

If the state department is convinced ISIS can not be militarily defeated then why send in ground troops?

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Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.