Obama's surreal social media campaign on Ukraine

politics | Feb 22, 2015 | By Martin Barillas

Fox News’ George Will told “Fox News Sunday” that the current social media war being waged by the Obama administration over Russian incursions in Ukraine is “surreal.” Speaking to guest host John Roberts, Will said on Feb. 22, “We are going to cope with the radical ideology by bombarding them with tweets using 350 State Department Twitter accounts.”  He added, “The problem with that is that there is an old axiom you cannot reason someone out of position they have not been reasoned into, and the idea that people who say we would rather behead people and crucify them and burn them alive and you are going use, at most, 140 characters to say ‘that’s really not very nice.’ The whole thing is surreal.”
On Feb. 21 Secretary of State John Kerry posted several tweets on Twitter after having met with British Foreign Secretary Philipp Hammond: 
@JohnKerry: we will never forget those who lost their lives & raised their voices for freedom and dignity. #Ukraine http://go.usa.gov/33JBY 
This weekend marks the one year anniversary of the Maidan protests in #Ukraine. http://go.usa.gov/33JBY 
Covered a variety of key topics today w/ @PHammondMP: coalition efforts, #Ukraine, #IranTalks & #SpecialRelationship.
Also speaking on “Fox News Sunday” was Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly Strassel, who mocked State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. Harf was criticized in some quarters last week for comments she made in which she responded to MSNBC’s “Hardball” host Chris Matthews when he asked whether the U.S. is killing enough Islamic State combatants. Harf said, “We’re killing a lot of them. And we’re going to keep killing more of them. So are the Egyptians and Jordanians, they’re in this fight with us. We cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium and longer term to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether it is lack of opportunity for jobs.”
Strassel took aim at Harf’s remarks, saying it’s “It is hard to have an economic message in a war zone,” Strassel said. “Most of the Syrians and Iraqis who are getting up every day, they just want to get through the being beheaded or burnt alive, and this is the problem is that yea, both of those have to matter.” While admitting that having a functioning economy reduces violence, Strassel said that the elimination of the terror threat should be a priority.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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