White House: US at War w/ISIS, Kerry: Nope

The foreign policy of Obama Inc. is a completely dysfunctional mess.

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Either Kerry continues his long gaffe parade or the White House decided it was a war a day after claiming it wasn't a war.

Whichever of these it may be, the foreign policy of Obama Inc. is a completely dysfunctional mess.

When asked by ABC News on Thursday whether the U.S. is at war, Secretary of State John Kerry said no.

“No. Look, we’re engaged in a counterterrorism operation of a significant order,” Mr. Kerry said. “And counterterrorism operations can take a long time, they go on. I think ‘war’ is the wrong reference term with respect to that, but obviously it involves kinetic military action.”

Against those pesky man-caused disasters.

The administration’s language shifted on Friday. Spokesmen for the White House and Pentagon used nearly the same wording to describe American action in Iraq and Syria.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest:

“I think what you can conclude from this is the United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we are at war with al Qaeda and its al Qaeda affiliates all around the globe.”

Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby:

“This is not the Iraq war of 2002. But make no mistake, we know we are at war with ISIL in the same way we are at war and continue to be at war with al Qaeda and its affiliates.”

So it's a war or it's like a war or it's akin to a war and it's not a war... but it's a war.

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