Out-Orwelling Orwell, Secretary of State John Kerry today said we are not at war with ISIS, merely engaged in “a major counterterrorism operation.”
Well. That’s a bit like calling a bank robbery “a very aggressive withdrawal of funds.”
We are dropping tons of bombs on their heads, aren’t we? And we’ve got more than a thousand troops in the arena. Might be mistaken by some people – those more inclined toward honesty – as a war.
Jake Tapper, who has a pretty finely tuned BS meter, sounds a bit skeptical . . .
Asked today whether what we are doing to ISIS is “preemption,” the egregious Marie Harf, the State Department spokeswoman, said no, absolutely not:
Our goal is to be able to prevent terrorist organizations from being able to attack the United States or our interests.
That is, preemption. But of course, that’s a Bush presidency term, and we don’t use those in the Obama administration.