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White House Flip-Flops: 'We Are at War' With ISIL

Sep. 12, 2014

We aren’t at war with ISIL. We are at war with ISIL. Which is it? Apparently, whatever suits your fancy. Shortly after State Secretary John Kerry declared that America is not at war with the Islamic State, his colleagues were out singing a different tune. “The United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we are at war with al-Qaida and its al-Qaida affiliates all around the globe,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Friday. “Make no mistake; we know we are at war with ISIL,” added Pentagon spokesman John Kirby. Despite the “clarification,” if you will, Ernest was careful to make clear that Obama’s strategy would not be like his predecessor’s: “[Obama’s approach is] different than the strategies previously pursued in Iraq.” The incessant flip-flopping within this administration is absolutely appalling and reveals just how incoherent its foreign policy is.

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