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Ex-Bush Official: War on Terror Far Different Than War on Poverty

Friday, 20 Feb 2015 06:23 PM

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf's claim that foreign aid and job programs can stop the Islamic State (ISIS) is dead wrong, says Paul Bonicelli, an executive vice president at Regent University and former administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

"She's talking about two different things," Bonicelli said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"The idea of how do you deal with terrorists, people who exist right now and murder, burn and behead … is very separate from what you do about failed states where you don't want, in the future, to have them contribute to terrorism and you'd like to actually have them helping you on the side of the allies…

"She conflates them because they cannot bring themselves to deal with the real problem, which is they're not going after the people who are murdering us," Bonicelli said.

Bonicelli, who was also a delegate to the U.N. General Assembly and an official in President George W. Bush's administration, said the roots of ISIS and other terrorists have nothing to do with poverty.

"Most of the time, this has nothing to do with who's poor, who doesn't have a job, who can't shop at Walmart, or whatever it is they're thinking of," he said.

"It has everything to do with an ideology that they're wedded to and nothing is going to change that. They're not going to be winged away from that. They have to be killed.

"For the future, yes, it's nice to be able to bring countries closer to democracy and prosperity because they're less likely to be breeding grounds like Afghanistan or Sudan or something like that. They conflate these things because the goal is to have a defense for why they're not doing what they should do."

Bonicelli said he does not know a solution to the problem.

"I don't know how to solve this because a normal president, even Jimmy Carter and people like that, they eventually come around to doing the right thing when their allusions are shattered," he said.

"I don't know what happens here. Great pressure will come upon this president to put boots on the ground. I'm convinced of that."

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State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf's claim that foreign aid and job programs can stop ISIS is dead wrong, says Paul Bonicelli, an executive vice president at Regent University and former administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development.
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