“We can not win this war by killing them,” Marie Harf said on MSNBC.
thousands of years of battlefield experience in which wars were won by
“killing them”, the State Department spokeswoman argued that you can’t defeat ISIS by killing its fighters.
“We can not kill our way out of this war,” she said. “We need in the medium and longer term to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether it is lack of opportunity for jobs.”
War is one of the few things in life we can reliably kill our way out
of. The United States has had a great track record of killing our way
out of wars. We killed our way out of WW1. We killed our way out of WW2.
The problem began when we stopped trying to kill our way out of wars
and started trying to hug our way out of wars instead. Progressive
academics added war to economics, terrorism and the climate in the list
of subjects they did not understand and wanted to make certain that no
one else was allowed to understand. Because the solution to war is so
obvious that no progressive could possibly think of it.
Harf’s argument is a familiar one. There was a time when progressive
reformers had convinced politicians that we couldn’t arrest, shoot,
imprison or execute our way out of crime.
We couldn’t stop crime by fighting crime. Instead the root causes of
crime had to be addressed. The police became social workers and
criminals overran entire cities. The public demanded action and a new
wave of mayors got tough on crime. While the sociologists, social
workers, activists and bleeding hearts wailed that it wouldn’t work,
surprisingly locking up criminals did stop them from committing crimes.