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Published On: Tue, Feb 17th, 2015

Chris Matthews: US ‘humiliated’ by ISIS, State Dept ‘cannot win by killing them,’ points to jobs

The ISIS beheading of Egyptian Coptic Christians prompted Chris Matthews to state Monday night that the United States is being “morally humiliated” by this Muslim terrorist group. The Matthews rant came after State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf claimed Monday that the U.S. will not be able to “kill our way” out of war against ISIS and talked about jobs.

“How do we win? How do we stop this?” Matthews asked Harf. ”If I were ISIS, I wouldn’t be afraid right now…Nothing we do right now seems to be directed at stopping this.”

Chris Matthews says US 'humiliated' by ISIS Photo/Bbsrock via wikimedia commons

Chris Matthews says US ‘humiliated’ by ISIS
Photo/Bbsrock via wikimedia commons

“I think there’s a few stages here,” Harf started. “Right now, what we’re doing is trying to take their leaders and their fighters off the battlefield in Iraq and in Syria. That’s really where they flourish.”

“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 told Matthews. “But we cannot win this war by killing them, we cannot kill our way out of this war. We need, in the longer term, medium and longer term, to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs.”

“There is no easy solution in the long-term to preventing and combating violent extremism, but if we can help countries work at the root causes of this, what makes these 17-year-old kids pick up an AK-47 instead of try to start a business?” Harf asked. “Maybe we can try to chip away at this problem, while at the same time going after the threat, taking on ISIL in Iraq, in Syria, and helping our partners around the world.”

“This sounds like we’re going to get rid of juvenile delinquency in America over time by erasing poverty, improving education. Sure, over time,” Matthews said. “But the American people, I think, are getting humiliated morally by this…What are the American people supposed to do about this?”

To close out “Hardball,” Matthews said the clear goal of capturing the beheadings on video is to stir anger, and admitted the U.S. really has no choice but to act.

Matthews says that doing nothing and moving on with our lives without taking strong action is not an option, because “the alternative is too sick, too un-American, too inhuman”…we can’t “act like America… is not being morally humiliated, because it is.”

Full transcript of Matthews’ close below, via MSNBC

MATTHEWS: Let me finish tonight with the news. Like many of you, I live in conflict over this horror for the mideast. These 21 beheadings of coptic Christians is an ancient horror that’s been carried out before our eyes purposely so. Why else is the indecency so well video taped? So well produced to hit every screen in our state of the art possession. They’re using people other there, the death of people, to demonstrate their devotion, their ruthlessness, their power.

They’re killing people in the most disrespectful way so they can be seen doing it by the people they want to recruit. By the people they want to kill. They want to stir up recruitment by showing their willingness to go all of the way to stir up anger by doing what the hell they decide to do to the people they are committed to destroy: other religions, other countries, other Muslims.

What can we do? Can we do nothing? Can we just look at the pictures, ask what’s for supper? What’s on TV tonight? What’s the weather like tomorrow morning and go on with our lives warding off the knowledge that these people are being killed in demonstration against us. How about this: can we content ourselves by doing something that we know right now will not be enough to stop this horror.

I know, we all know we need a plan. We need a root that takes us to destroyed ISIS because the alternative is too sick, too un-American, too un-human. We can’t see people killed like this in our face and simply flip to the sports page or the financial news or what’s at the movies or who’s going to win the Oscars and act like America, our country, is not being morally humiliated, because it is, with the lives of at least some of these people, who must, in their last minutes, have to be wondering if there’s any chance the people in the United States could be coming to their rescue because that’s how we were taught that we conduct ourselves. We don’t leave people behind.

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  1. Peter Castle says:

    An incredibly obtuse State Department – perfect for the Obama administration.

    See “Root of Evil: Let’s Put ISIS on Welfare” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7s.

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