Generally when a trial balloon is launched to “test the waters” and it doesn’t float - so to speak - that’s the end of it. For example, take that balloon that we Harfed up on Monday: “if only the yutes could find jobs they’d stop beheading all the infidels,” – it was sort of laughed out of the sky.
Butt that didn’t stop our intrepid team:
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, after coming under fire for suggesting a way to fight the Islamic State and all terrorism is by creating jobs, has an answer for her critics: Her argument is just "too nuanced" for them to understand.
So here’s the best “nuance” I can put on this State Department trial balloon: it didn’t plummet, it just descended far more quickly than anticipated.
So Big Guy needed to pump a little more air into it before sending it soaring over the heads of the attendees at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism:
Wearing his best community organizer demeanor, Barry wowed the friendly crowd with insights like this:
"No religion is responsible for terrorism — people are responsible for violence and terrorism,"
I don’t suppose that same sort of “nuanced” thinking could be applied to guns?
The professor-in-chief then shared his astute take on all the troubles in the world, noting that there’s a strain of thought in the Muslim world that:
…does buy into the notion that the Muslim world has suffered historical grievances -- sometimes that's accurate -- does buy into the belief that so many of the ills in the Middle East flow from a history of colonialism or conspiracy; does buy into the idea that Islam is incompatible with modernity or tolerance, or that it's been polluted by Western values.
Concepts that Barry himself embraces, so he sounded uncharacteristically sincere. And then he re-launched the re-inflated “we have to address the economic problems” balloon, where it wafted over everyone’s head:
In fighting extremism, Obama said the United States and allies must also address the economic and political "grievances" that often fuel violent ideology. Governments must work to help provide economic opportunity, education, democracy, and the rule of law to their citizens, he said.
That said, Obama warned that "engagement with communities can't be a cover for surveillance," and governments should deal with vulnerable people "through the prism of law enforcement."
The nation must stay true to its heritage of tolerance and diversity and not target specific religious groups. – USA Today
So there you have it; like we saw yesterday, terrorists just want a good job, free community college and common sense gun control. Along with all the protections of the democratic rule of law, until such time as they can replace it with Sharia law.
So I think we can all agree: Big Guy’s got a pretty good grasp on that whole Islamo-fascist – can I say that? – problem. All we need is a little more hot air to keep all these balloons aloft.
Hey! Can I get an air pump over here! Stat!