Obama enlists HBO, Snapchat and Hollywood screenwriter to help fight ISIS

We’ve long watched in horror at President Obama’s admitted lack of strategy against ISIS — though, I suppose in fairness, we gotta hand it to him for finally upgrading them from the “JV team” to an “apocalyptic cult.”

And did anyone else shudder hearing Obama brag yesterday at the UN saying, ‘I lead the strongest military the world has ever known’?

But, hey, I guess we should all relax because even though the Obama administration is cutting 40,000 troops — along with a host of other military-weakening tactics — Obama is enlisting some big new guns in the war against ISIS.

In the category of you-can’t-make-this-up, The Daily Beast reports:

The Obama administration is turning to HBO, Snapchat, and a controversial, Oscar-winning screenwriter to help them fight ISIS.

In June, State Department officials and counterterrorism advisors traveled to Sunnylands (nicknamed the “Camp David of the West,” due to its history of being a super-exclusive vacation spot for celebrities and politicians) in Rancho Mirage, California, for a summit on how to effectively fight a propaganda and media war against extremist networks abroad. ISIS, for instance, has already mastered the art of ripping off Hollywood techniques to make recruiting and propaganda films, and basically has its own Twitter army. The June meetings were essentially a sequel to a three-day summit convened by the White House in February on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) through community-based strategies.

Industry and government sources tell The Daily Beast that attendees included Mark Boal (Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty), and executives from HBO, Snapchat, and Middle Eastern broadcaster MBC. (Earlier this year, British Prime Minister David Cameron weighed the idea of banning Snapchat out of fear that terrorists send encrypted communications via the video messaging service.)

I guess we should’ve expected as much from a community organizer. We don’t beat our enemy with a strong military; we kill them with “community-based strategies” — and Snapchats and premium cable content. Everyone remember how well the #bringbackourgirls hashtag campaign worked to recover 273 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped? Sadly, today is 533rd day since they were taken.

Nonetheless, the Obama administration appears to doubling down on its community-based strategy to defeat ISIS:

And as the Obama administration’s shortcomings in the online arena in the ISIS war appear to persist, the White House is kicking off yet another CVE summit on Tuesday, which President Obama will be hosting while in New York City for the annual UN General Assembly.

What to look for from today’s CVE Summit: fighting ISIS with emoji.



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