ISIS recruits join the Islamic State because they "lack job opportunities," according to Obama administration representative Marie Harf. During an interview on MSNBC Hard Ball with Chris Matthew, the State Department spokeswoman made the comments which have drawn severe backlash and have now gone viral.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf also had this to say about ISIS recruiting and the Obama administration policy on the ongoing terror threat:
"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. But we cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it's lack of opportunity for jobs. We can work with countries around the world to help improve their governance. We can help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people."