If your wondering whether or not we’re at war with ISIS – don’t ask anyone at the White House because they’re not sure either.
On Thursday Secretary of State John Kerry told anyone who’d listen that we were most certainly NOT at war with ISIS.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday would not say the United States is at war with ISIS, telling CNN in an interview that the administration’s strategy includes “many different things that one doesn’t think of normally in context of war.”
“What we are doing is engaging in a very significant counterterrorism operation,” Kerry told CNN’s Elise Labott in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. “It’s going to go on for some period of time. If somebody wants to think about it as being a war with ISIL, they can do so, but the fact is it’s a major counterterrorism operation that will have many different moving parts.”
Meanwhile, White House spokesman Josh Earnest wants everyone to know that we most certainly are at war with ISIS.
“In the same way that we are at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates around the globe, we are at war with ISIL,” Earnest told reporters at the White House. He went on to say, “This president, as is expected of American presidents, is stepping up to lead an international coalition to confront that threat and to deny ISIL a safe haven. And ultimately, this international coalition will be responsible for degrading and destroying ISIL.”
The Pentagon seemed to be in a agreement with Mr. Earnest. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters that they should “make no mistake, we know we are at war with ISIL.”
So there you have it… clear as mud.