Kerry was against calling action against ISIS 'war' before he was for it
Secretary of State John Kerry has burnished his well-deserved reputation as a flip-flopper by switching positions on whether President Obama’s rather hazy plans to assemble a so-far unidentified coalition to fight ISIS can be called a “war” or not. Last Thursday on CNN, it was not a war, but rather a “ very significant counterterrorism operation.” But as ridicule mounted, he reversed that position yesterday, before denouncing paying any attention to his embarrassment as a “waste of time.”
“In terms of Al Qaeda, which we have used the word 'war' with, yeah...we are at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates,” Kerry said on CBS’s “Face the Nation." “And in the same context if you want to use it, yes, we are at war with ISIL in that sense. But I think it's waste of time to focus on that. Frankly, let’s consider what we have to do to degrade and defeat ISIL and that’s what I’m frankly much more focused on."
Meanwhile, President Obama was focused like a laser in his golf game yesterday.
President golfing at Andrews this afternoon— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) September 14, 2014