Gee, who’d a thunk it? The president of the United States, in a moment of unparalleled magnanimity, rescued hapless ditz Marie Harf by saying something actually dumber than what she said. Harf found herself twisting in the wind yesterday, the butt of jokes and object of ridicule for first claiming that disillusioned youngsters in the Middle East gravitate toward a murderous Islamic sect like ISIS because of a lack of “job opportunities,” then stepping in her own pile of steaming manure by insisting the strategy she had laid out was “too nuanced for some” to fully grasp.
But her boss came to her rescue today, albeit inadvertently, when he published this gem in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times:
Governments that deny human rights play into the hands of extremists who claim that violence is the only way to achieve change. Efforts to counter violent extremism will only succeed if citizens can address legitimate grievances through the democratic process and express themselves through strong civil societies. Those efforts must be matched by economic, educational and entrepreneurial development so people have hope for a life of dignity.
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