Secretary of State John Kerry continued a long-standing tradition with the Obama administration of being thoroughly unable to call war what it is … war.
Just hours after the President delivered a speech that the media dubbed a broad expansion of military action in the Middle East, Kerry refused to use the word ‘war’ to describe it.
CNN’s Jake Tapper provides the backdrop …
“Dropping bombs on a sovereign nation and offering to arm and train rebels who not only oppose ISIS, but oppose the regime that ostensibly rules Syria, to some people that might sound a lot like war. But apparently not to Secretary of State John Kerry.”
The exchange follows:
Reporter: Is the US at War with ISIS?
John F. Kerry: I think that’s the wrong terminology. What we are doing is engaging in a very significant counter-terrorism operation. It’s going to go on for some period of time.
This isn’t the first time the administration has changed the terminology of the war on terror in an effort to keep the President’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning resume intact.
In 2009, they started using the phrase “overseas contingency operation.” In 2011, when bombing efforts were initiated in Libya, the Obama administration referred to it as a “kinetic military action.” And of course, probably the most famous parsing of words occurred when the Fort Hood terrorist attack was reclassified as “workplace violence.”
How does the administration expect to be taken seriously when it can’t even accurately describe its strategy to the rest of the world?