Carly Fiorina's bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in medieval history and philosophy has had little real-world application.
But as she mounts a presidential bid, the Republican candidate says her degree is finally of use as she considers how she would deal with ISIS as commander-in-chief.
“Finally my degree in medieval history and philosophy has come in handy,” Fiorina said Sunday night, “because what ISIS wants to do is drive us back to the Middle Ages, literally. As Christians,the past is very appealing to us.If any one is going to lead us back to the Middle Ages it should be our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”
Fiorina was responding to a question from a member of the military at a town hall in Windham, New Hampshire, who wanted to know how she could assure him that she would be serious in taking on the Islamic extremist group.
She said that ISIS is “an evil that must be defeated” and explained how she would work with allies in the Middle East who have asked for specific resources and money to fight the extremist group, citing the example of Saudi Arabia, which has asked for money to establishing a no-fly zone along its shared border with Israel. Fiorina said the tiny 170,000 man Saudi Army would need all the help it can get fighting the 30,000 or so ISIS extremists.
Pressed to explain how her bachelor’s degree in medieval history will help her in dealing with ISIS, Fiorina listed off a number of brutal techniques that ISIS is using that were common in medieval times and said it is not an exaggeration to say that the group is operating under a mentality based in the Middle Ages.
“Every single one of the techniques that ISIS is using, the crucifixion, the beheadings, the burning alive,electrocutions, those were commonly used techniques by Christians in the Middle Ages,” Fiorina told reporters during a media availability, “so we can’t avert our eyes and pretend it’s an exaggeration that ISIS wants to take its territory back to the time of the Spanish Inquisition. That is in truth what they want to do and are attempting to do.”