On his Tuesday program, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh slammed State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf for her comments on the ongoing battle against ISIS in the Middle East.
Reacting to her comment that “we cannot kill our way” out of the current war against ISIS, Limbaugh went off, calling her remarks “outrageous” and “embarrassing.” The radio host adding that her comment made him feel like he was “still watching the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary show.”
In a Monday night interview, Harf told MSNBC host Chris Matthews that longer term problems are the bigger issues at hand with ISIS, telling him they need “to go after the root causes.”
“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.”
Limbaugh just wasn’t having any of that Tuesday.
“Now, there’s more outrageous, just embarrassing stuff out there. I can’t really believe it,” I feel like I’m still watching the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary show.
“This is exactly what I mean when I talk about young skulls full of mush being corrupted at the academe, at university, at colleges, institutions of higher learning,” Limbaugh said. “This woman is an absolute throwback to 1960s, feel-good liberalism that is senseless. It’s chickified, it denies reality, and this is the number two spokeswoman at the State Department.”
Limbaugh took particular aim at Harf’s claim that the root causes are what the U.S. needs to aim for by aiding economies in the Middle East.
“Marie, you can’t even do that in this country,” Limbaugh said. “We have 92.5 million Americans not even working in this country, and you are clueless about how to change that. Now all of a sudden we’re in a war, and we’re not gonna win this by killing? Do you know what the purpose of armies is? It’s to kill people and break things.”
“Wars are not won with doctors and nurses and clean water and good vibes and jobs and all of this typical, nonsensical, worthless, touchy-feely, gooey, syrupy, sticky liberalism,” Limbaugh said.
“This embodies everything that this regime refuses to acknowledge that these people are militant Islamists,” Limbaugh explained. “I think it all can be traced back to everybody on the left, and everybody in the media, who did nothing but lie and spread lies about how Bush had lied us into war. They succeeded in delegitimizing the Iraq war by spreading that lie that Bush lied to get us into it.”