Chutzpah. Chutzpazh everywhere!
Left to their own devices for a few minutes, both Easterly and her co-presenter John Mulligan, deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center, start devising how Silicon Valley can help in their fight against groups like ISIL and Al-Qaeda. "We're trying to get the broader ecosystem to reach young people, point out the hypocrisy of the so-called Caliphate"
It would be nice to start looking at oneself before finding "hypocrisy" in others.
The mental and moral corruption, where anything and everything (in particular, wholesale destruction and multi-million ultrakill) can be finagled into a "good thing" sold via trigger words as long as someone is making money on the side, someone's political fantasies are being advanced or Wolf Blitzer types can appear on TV disgusts me. I imagine recruiters of the radical sort can easily exploit the self-contradicting discombobulation of the western self-selecting "elites" to convince interviewees to check out what ISIS can offer.
In this case:
1) Al-Qaeda #1: Currently being helped out in taking over large swathes of Yemen by a frankly evil coalition of the US and Saudi Arabia and where attacking the civilian population has gone to levels where even the UN is emitting farty sounds. Western "decision"-makers should be dragged before war crimes tribunals, again (this must be about the 8th time this century alone). Why is this happening? Well, apparently someone from Iran was at one time seen in Yemen possibly buying shoes, leading to demands by Saudi Arabia to help out against "terrorism", which is always a good reason. Did someome say "28 pages"?
2) Al-Qaeda #2: A potential and likely current ally (under various labels) for meddling in Syria because they want to regime-change the local regime and help out in the fight against ISIS, who are a product of western meddiling in Syria and Iraq, CIA-delivered armements and Saudi-Arabia-delivered doctrine and support. Regime-changing Syria is needed because Syria is part of something called "the Shia crescent" which is apparently scary to Israel and Saudi Arabia, two good allies which we don't want to disappoint. (Israel is now getting 38 billion USD because the US didn't help out enough against scary Iran, which demands adequate compensation be provided, that's definitely not disappointing).
3) ISIS is "not entirely an enemy" of Turkey, a NATO member (these are the US anti-soviet forces in Europe, for those who didn't live through the Cold War, they have nothing to do with Afghanistan or Georgia or even Russia. Oh, wait...). Geniuses in Turkey's byzantine regime apparently think using ISIS as a trump card to get at black market oil and fight against the Kurds and the Syrian government is a good idea. This will evidently lead to blowback of epic proportions because ISIS has no friends and WWII Germans are cultured connaisseurs in comparison. Amazingly the only one who seems to be not ok with this is Russia. Who are then getting scolded by the the US. Who are bombing in Syria. And haven't even been invited to that particular party. WTF!