“I was going to behead you, but I have to be at work in five minutes.”

U.S. Department of State deputy spokesman Marie Harf certainly did a job on her reputation this Monday while offering an analysis that critics have mockingly dismissed as a jobs-for-jihadists solution to terrorism.

While a guest on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Harf was defending the Obama administration’s reaction to the Islamic State jihadists and said that while the United States and her allies were destroying many of them, “We cannot win this war by killing them… We need… in the medium and longer-term to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs, whether…”

At this point liberal host Matthews interrupted, saying, “We’re not going to be able to stop that in our lifetimes or 50 lifetimes; there’s always going to be poor people.”

Since then the mockery has come fast and furious. Powerline’s Scott Johnson opined, “Jobs programs don’t quite cut it when you’re in the 72 virgins business.”

National Review’s Ian Tuttle piled on, saying that Harf “apparently fell back on government work after losing out on Saturday Night Live’s ‘Weekend Update’ anchor job.” And American Thinker’s Thomas Lifson also weighed in, writing:

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