Brain Freeze In Washington

The Siberian Express that brought severe cold weather to Washington over the past week was responsible for some severe cases of brain freeze inside the Beltway.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on MSNBC's Hardball that what is needed to stop those ISIS terrorists is jobs. "We need … to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups," she said, such as a "lack of opportunity for jobs…."  She suggested a lack of economic opportunity "makes these 17-year-old kids pick up an AK-47 instead of trying to start a business."

Harf's comments came at the same time President Obama referred to the killing of four Jews at the Hypercacher Market in Paris as "randomly shoot(ing) a bunch of folks in a deli."

French President Francois Hollande was quick to say it "was obviously a horrible anti-Semitic attack," but President just didn't seem to get it. Under questioning by ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl, White House Press Secretary Josh Ernest  "doubled down" on POTUS's characterization of the killing as "random," but he later tweeted that the attack was indeed "motivated by anti-Semitism" and  "POTUS didn't intend to suggest otherwise" even though that's just what it sounded like.

Why not just admit that the President was wrong?  Like when he called ISIS the "JV (junior varsity) squad" of terrorists.

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.