By Jonathan Greenberg, Originally published in The New York Observer
In psychological terms, cognitive egocentrism is the inability of children at certain stages of their development to see any point of view but their own. Professor Richard Landes of Boston University has come to use the term to refer to the habit among westerners to project our own values and worldview onto other cultures and peoples that may not share those values.
Enter State Department spokes-hipster Marie Harf’s quip on Monday’s edition of Hardball: “We cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war,” she explained. “We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs, whether…”
This is, of course, utter nonsense.