White House Still Struggling to Explain Obama’s JV ISIS Crack
Remember the days when Obama’s people didn’t have to explain the stupid things he said? When he could claim that there were 57 states or that Austrian was a language and still be hailed as the smartest man who ever lived?
Instead Obama’s people are struggling to explain his JV crack about ISIS. They can’t deny that he said it or that it was stupid. So Josh Earnest just flails around.
“It’s important that we don’t sort of shorthand the analogy the president was trying to draw here,” Earnest said.
When asked about the interview, Earnest produced a copy of the president’s comments, which he then read in full. Earnest said he expected he would get a question about the “jayvee team” remark.
Sure, let’s not shorthand the flip shorthand analogy. So what does that get us?
I pointed out that the flag of Al Qaeda is now flying in Fallujah, in Iraq, and among various rebel factions in Syria; Al Qaeda has asserted a presence in parts of Africa, too.
“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said. “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.”
Earnest stressed that Obama was talking about multiple groups including Islamic State. He also said the president was trying to highlight the “different capability” of these groups and Al Qaeda under Osama Bin Laden, which Earnest described as having been “decimated” by the Obama administration.
Al Qaeda in Afghanistan had been decimated long before Obama got on the scene, but the media just keeps unthinkingly repeating that lie.
Still let’s skip to Earnest’s defense. He admits that Obama was talking about ISIS, but claims he was also talking about different groups. Except that Obama was specifically asked about ISIS declaring an Islamic State in Fallujah. At no point in his remarks did he differentiate it.
All Earnest can really do is vomit up a slightly varied version of the same old talking points that fails to actually concede that Obama was ignoring how dangerous ISIS had become.
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