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Security Analyst: 'Stupid' to Apply 'Marxist Theory' on Poverty to ISIS

By    |   Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:16 PM

Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf's contention that jobs programs and economic opportunity, not military action, will defeat ISIS was not just "stupid," but also "dangerous," according to national security analyst Ryan Mauro, who appeared Wednesday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

"Look at her bio, she was a Middle East analyst for the CIA and she believes this," Mauro said of Harf. "She was an adviser to Chuck Hagel when he was secretary of defense. John Kerry has said this exact same thing, so did George W. Bush.

"So what you have is a fact-free theory about what drives terrorism that has been long discredited — study after study has found no connection between unemployment or a lack of education or poverty and terrorism — yet the highest elites of the national security apparatus just accept it as if it's just fact."

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"Thankfully, the American people and even the news media understand this now to the point where when she says this, you have Chris Matthews and Wolf Blitzer basically restraining themselves to not call her an idiot," Mauro said.

Floating that narrative is a calculated move by the administration that comes across as "desperate," according to Mauro.

"They're just grasping at straws to find just anything to attribute this problem to other than saying Islamic extremism, the Islamist ideology, whatever you want to call it," he said.

"So for them, blaming it on poverty and taking this kind of Marxist theory that says that this is just a product of class warfare and societal injustice for them is more suitable than saying what everyone understands the problem is, which is radical Islam.

"It's not normal for someone who's unemployed to go and then join ISIS. If that was true, as I said yesterday, then Russell Brand should be put on a terror watch list. How many people are out of work and don't join ISIS?"

Other than the Obama administration, the only other groups that refuse to use the term Islamic terror are themselves linked to Islamism and the Muslim Brotherhood, Mauro said.

"If you look at the Muslim world, everyone's using this terminology now. So that idea that saying radical Islam results in a backlash, that's disproven now," he said, adding that it's illustrative of "preconceived notions about how terrorism and radical Islam operates, that we just can't seem to shake no matter how fact-free they are."

The administration is clearly not listening to the rationale behind the criticism because it's not about semantics or saying we're at war with radical Islam, "it's about creating a framework for a strategy to combat the problem that currently does not exist."

"There's very real implications behind how you frame this in calling it radical Islam," he said.

"You have to describe the framework, which is a fight against radical Islam. It's not about the terminology of countering violent extremism versus radical Islam. It's about what you do with that.

"So, as an example, how we've been treating the Egyptian president, who's saying that we need to fight the Islamists, separate mosques, saying all these things that analysts like myself have been waiting and begging to hear. He says it and then the Obama administration ignores it and earlier bashes them.

"Our mistakes in relation to the Muslim Brotherhood, why are they happening? Because we're not defining the enemy as radical Islam. If you did, you would have to combat the Muslim Brotherhood. Instead we treat them as moderates. Everything goes back to this point."

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Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf's contention that economic opportunity, not military action, will defeat ISIS was not just "stupid," but also "dangerous," according to national security analyst Ryan Mauro.
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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:16 PM
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