Watch: St. Dept. Flak Who Said A Jobs Program Might Stop ISIS Terrorists Just Insulted Her Critics

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One could say it has long been a pillar of the true believer’s liberal view of the world that poverty and economic hardship are often the cause of bad behavior — that having little money or no job leads otherwise good people to do bad things.

And one might find this basic tenet of liberalism — now wrapped in such benevolent sounding terms as “social justice” or “economic equality” — in the notion so passionately promoted by the State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf.

As Western Journalism reported on Tuesday, Harf contended in an MSNBC interview that one way to attack terrorism is to ensure that potential terrorists, such as those militants fighting for the Islamic State, have good jobs. Her “jobs program” for terrorists solution to ISIS militancy drew sustained, withering fire from an untold number of critics who called it ridiculous and “theater of the absurd.”

But instead of backing down from her controversial comments, this Obama official doubled down.

Harf appeared on CNN’s “Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer Tuesday night and asserted that possibly her earlier “jobs” comments were simply “too nuanced for some” of her critics to understand.

She echoed that longstanding liberal philosophy that we need to get to the “root cause” of terrorism, which, in her opinion, was a “lack of economic opportunity” for young Muslim men drawn into terrorist activities.

We need to help those lost souls, argued the State Department flak, “do something more productive and positive with their life” so they wouldn’t be tempted to cuts peoples’ heads off or slaughter Christians or blow up schools full of kids.

In Marie Harf’s position as stated on CNN — and again, she’s an Obama official and front-line spokesperson for U.S. diplomatic efforts — there’s no acknowledgment of the fact that murderous extremists may be motivated not by the directionless despair of poverty, but by their all-embracing belief in radical Islam that calls for the conversion or the death of infidels.

For ISIS savages, it just may be that eliminating their enemies and setting up an Islamic caliphate is doing something “productive and positive with their life.”

By clicking on the video above, you can watch Marie Harf belittling her critics for being too dense to understand her “nuanced” position on combating terror by combating unemployment in the Muslim world.

h/t: Mediaite

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WATCH: What The White House Spokesman Just Admitted Shows Obama’s Perilous Priorities

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The country of Hungary is an important U.S. ally — a member of NATO — and a nation experiencing turbulent shifts in its fragile political landscape. Hungary also borders Ukraine, which is now the unstable target of relentless Russian aggression.

Presumably, on a troubled world stage, the United States would want to show that we value our relationship with the important nation of Hungary.

Yet the woman Barack Obama has just appointed as our ambassador to Hungary — the woman the Senate just confirmed as our chief diplomat in that country — is a 47-year-old former soap opera producer with no diplomatic credentials.

Remember back in 2008 when Democrats were absolutely giddy at the prospect that Barack Obama would restore respect for America in the world community?

As the Boston Globe then reported:

“…restoring America’s esteem in the world is a prime motivation of voters supporting Barack Obama for president.”

Well, as they say, that was then…that was when:

“Democrats are hungering for Obama as an international symbol of change.”

Now, given the people President Obama is naming as America’s official representatives to other nations — given their qualifications or lack thereof — one is inclined to wonder whether certain member states in the world community believe Obama really respects and values them.

Given President Obama’s current actions with regard to key diplomatic outposts, one has to consider in a new light what Obama said in 2008, as quoted on boston.com:

“The day I’m inaugurated, America will look at itself differently, and the world will look at America differently.”

In a rather testy exchange in the White House briefing room on Tuesday, tenacious ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl quizzed presidential spokesman Josh Earnest about Obama’s latest ambassadorial appointments to Argentina and Hungary.

Both appointments, whose confirmations Harry Reid rammed through the still Democrat-controlled Senate, were highly controversial — neither had any diplomatic experience and both were big bundlers or donors to Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012.

David Bryson Mamet, the new U.S. envoy to Argentina, reportedly doesn’t speak the nation’s language and has never even been there.

Colleen Bell, on her way to the embassy in Hungary, has been a producer of popular TV soap operas.

The White House spokesman, while acknowledging that these ambassadorships are “important,” was unable to tell ABC’s Jon Karl why Bell was qualified to fill that “important” post in an allied country that borders embattled Ukraine.

You can watch Josh Earnest trying to put the best possible face on that Obama appointment by clicking on the video above.

 

h/t The Washington Free Beacon

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This Multi-Million Dollar Scandal Is So Big That It Could Destroy The Clintons For Good

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Already facing a number of setbacks in her fledgling campaign for the 2016 Democrat presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton is now at the center of a new scandal. According to recently released documents from the Department of State, Bill Clinton used his wife’s position as secretary of state to secure numerous lucrative speaking engagements around the globe.

As the Washington Examiner reports, a Judicial Watch investigation is now looking into the unethical nature of such an arrangement and the Obama administration’s perceived complicity in allowing it to continue.

“These documents are a bombshell,” said Tom Fitton, the organization’s president, “and show how the Clintons turned the State Department into a racket to line their own pockets.”

In total, the Washington Examiner indicatedthat  Clinton delivered 215 speeches abroad, taking in a staggering $48 million during his wife’s term as secretary of state.

“That former President Clinton trotted the globe collecting huge speaking fees while his wife presided over U.S. foreign policy is an outrage,” Fitton asserted.

While Hillary Clinton headed U.S. foreign relations with many of the same countries, Fitton explained that her husband brought home tens of millions of dollars by delivering speeches abroad. Judicial Watch issued a list including many of the nations – along with wide-ranging corporate sponsors that made the former president’s speeches possible. “Mr. Clinton’s speeches included appearances in China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Central America, Europe, Turkey, Thailand, Taiwan, India and the Cayman Islands,” the group reported. Fitton noted that, in addition to the role of the Clintons and sponsors including Goldman Sachs and American Express, the Obama regime allowed this behavior to commence.

“How the Obama State Department waived hundreds of ethical conflicts that allowed the Clintons and their businesses to accept money from foreign entities and corporations seeking influence boggles the mind,” Fitton said.

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Tone Deaf: What State Dept Mouthpiece Just Said Shows How Out Of Touch Obama Admin Really Is

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This week has been defined by world events, most notably the intensifying battle raging in the Gaza Strip and a commercial jetliner reportedly shot down near the Ukraine-Russia border.

The response to such developments is where the spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State can shine – or fall flat. According to the response to a tweet spokesperson Jen Psaki published Thursday evening, most observers seem to believe she falls into the latter category.

Instead of dedicating her social media presence to either of the aforementioned international events, she instead chose to celebrate an article on women’s empowerment.

The overwhelming majority of responses delivered a common message describing the trivial tweet as ill-timed and shortsighted.

Some suggested Psaki came across more like a gossip columnist than a government official.

Others suggested the post could not have been intentional.

In the end, however, a number of Americans apparently feel such an out-of-touch response is just par for the course under the Obama regime.

It is obvious from the backlash that Psaki has done little to remedy the disillusionment many feel toward the State Department and other federal agencies.

As Western Journalism reported, when Psaki did speak out about the intensive Palestinian attack on Israel, she elicited widespread criticism for her insistence that the Israeli army must work harder to prevent civilian casualties — despite the fact that Hamas admittedly advocates the use of human shields at likely targets in Gaza.

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What The Obama Admin Just Said About Israel Will Have Terrorists Nodding Their Heads In Agreement

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As the Israeli military fends off relentless rocket attacks from Palestinians along the Gaza Strip, the Jewish nation is forced to return fire into a region populated by terrorists using their own people as human shields. Reports of individuals crowding on rooftops and other potential missile targets about in the Hamas-controlled region. In fact, Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri described the intentionally bloody method as a testament to “the character of our noble jihad-fighting people” who use their “bare chests” to protect their homes. “Also this policy reflects the character of our brave courageous people,” he said. “We in Hamas call upon our people to adopt this policy in order to protect our Palestinian homes.” Nevertheless, the Obama administration is calling on Israel to reduce the number of civilian deaths. Israel National News reported that State Department source Jen Psaki called on the nation’s leaders to “redouble their efforts to prevent civilian casualties.”


She told reporters that the administration is not satisfied that Israel is doing all it can, apparently suggesting it can somehow bomb around the strategically placed human shields. “We believe that certainly there is more that can be done,” she asserted. Furthermore, INN noted that many of the Palestinian deaths are being caused by Hamas, not Israeli attacks. The Israeli Defense Forces have repeatedly urged civilians to leave Gaza, going so far as to call residences and drop leaflets across the region warning of impending missile strikes and ground incursions. Hamas leaders, however, are calling on civilians to remain in the region.

Additionally, rockets fired by Hamas from the Gaza Strip often fail to hit their targets in Israel, falling back to earth in the same region leading to potential Palestinian deaths.

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