A Former Obama Administration Adviser Actually Said That Gay Marriage Can Help Defeat ISIS

by David French

Of all the bizarre commentary that followed Friday’s Supreme Court decision creating a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, this piece is beyond parody. Rosa Brooks, a Georgetown University law professor, former counselor to the defense undersecretary for policy, and former senior adviser for the State Department, hails the Court’s ruling and suggests that images of gay jubilation could make a difference in the fight against ISIS. Yes, you read that correctly. After setting up the contrasting images — of ISIS brutally killing gay men versus gay rights supporters celebrating outside the Supreme Court — she says this:

Do you want to fight the Islamic State and the forces of Islamic extremist terrorism? I’ll tell you the best way to send a message to those masked gunmen in Iraq and Syria and to everyone else who gains power by sowing violence and fear. Just keep posting that second set of images. Post them on Facebook and Twitter and Reddit and in comments all over the Internet. Send them to your friends and your family. Send them to your pen pal in France and your old roommate in Tunisia. Send them to strangers. (Emphasis added.)

Sure, she calls her idea “sappy” (you think?), but — hey — #LoveWins. But why stop with social media? Since apparently most of our pilots are returning from missions over Iraq and Syria without actually dropping any ordnance, load them up with leaflets, DVDs, and thumb drives full of selected sights from gay marriages and gay rights parades, and just blanket Mosul, Ramadi, and Raqqah. This is the message that tribal Sunni culture has so obviously been waiting for, and it’s only a matter of time before ISIS is buried in a wave of rainbow-colored burkas. Why is Brooks a “former” counselor? The Obama administration needed her once. It needs her again.

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