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As U.S. military advisers pour into Iraq, weaponized drones fly over Syria, and America conducts air strikes on combatants, President Obama assured us Wednesday night that we are not at war with ISIS.
To be sure, we are “meeting them with strength and resolve” through “targeted action.” And, yes, we are leading a “broad coalition” to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the enemy, if you can call them that. But this is merely a “comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy,” not war.
Through a “systematic campaign,” we will “hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are.” But don’t for a second think we will “get dragged into another ground war.” Heavens, no.
It is merely “military assistance” to “eradicate a cancer” and “mobilize the international community.” More like community organizing if you think about it. But it’s not war.
You see, Obama is in the business of ending wars in the Middle East, not winning or losing them. Frankly, it’s hard to define victory since I didn’t bring my Webster’s dictionary with me up here. It’s certainly not how I would refer to our efforts.
If someone wants to think of it as being a war on ISIS, they can do so, but the fact is, it’s a major counter-terrorism operation that will have many different moving parts. War is the wrong terminology.
During the Obama era, the term “war” is reserved for truly great struggles. For instance, ensuring that Sandra Fluke has access to free condoms. Now that’s a war. Like the War on Women, there is a War on Childhood Obesity, a War on Coal, a War on Drugs, and a continuing War on Poverty. Some even say there is a War on Christmas, but there most certainly is not a war on ISIS.
Even if you doubt Barack Obama, John Kerry, Josh Earnest, Jen Psaki, Marie Harf or Susan Rice, you have to believe the Pentagon when they say that we are absolutely, positively, unequivocally not at war with ISIS:
Oh. Never mind.