VIDEO: Chris Hayes Demonstrates Why We Can't Kill Our Way Out of Our War With ISIS

Last week, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf made what would seem on its surface to be a very uncontroversial statement. Speaking of our campaign against ISIS on MSNBC’s Hardball, Harf said, “We cannot kill our way out of this war.” She suggested we address the root causes of terrorist movements, like unstable governments, crippling poverty and lack of education—comments almost identical to those made by George W. Bush at the height of the Iraq War.


Yet to the pundits at Fox News, Harf’s comments were inflammatory. Chris Hayes gathered some of the most absurd responses in a segment on All In, including Sean Hannity’s sarcastic line: “Maybe we should give terrorists housing and get them Ferraris and Obamacare.”

But, as Hayes deftly demonstrates, military force has done nothing to stabilize the countries where we’ve waged war or to lessen the threat of terrorism in the Middle East. We’ve spent hundreds of billions on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and have killed hundreds of thousands of people, many of them civilians.

As Hayes put it, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result. So at what point do we say that what the U.S. has been doing for 14 years without cessation is not worth it?”

Watch the full clip below.

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