US Secretary Of State John Kerry: The US Is Not At War With ISIS
Now here’s a sure way to demoralize and discourage the coalition of the willing. If you’re not really at war with an enemy you’ve just declared war against, you’re already walking the path of failure …
James 1:8, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
By Elise Labott, Laura Smith-Spark and Ray Sanchez, CNN – “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday would not say the United States is at war with ISIS, telling CNN in an interview that the administration’s strategy includes ‘many different things that one doesn’t think of normally in context of war.’
‘What we are doing is engaging in a very significant counterterrorism operation,’ Kerry told CNN’s Elise Labott in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. ‘It’s going to go on for some period of time. If somebody wants to think about it as being a war with ISIL, they can do so, but the fact is it’s a major counterterrorism operation that will have many different moving parts.’
Kerry made a distinction between ISIS and terror groups operating in Somalia and Yemen.
‘ISIL is an animal unto itself,’ he said. ‘And it is significantly such a threat because of the foreign fighters that are attracted to it — which you don’t see in Somalia or … Yemen.’ Most importantly, Kerry said, ISIL has attracted a ‘significant coalition’ that is determined to go and destroy it.
Kerry, in Jeddah for meetings with Arab leaders to enlist regional support for a coalition to defeat ISIS, defended the administration’s insistence that the 2001 authority to go after al Qaeda and affiliates applies to ISIS. He insisted that, despite the split between jihadist groups, the origin of ISIS as an al Qaeda affiliate is enough to consider them connected.
‘This group is and has been al Qaeda,’ Kerry said. ‘By trying to change its name, it doesn’t change who it is, what it does.’
Asked how much of the interpretation lets Congress get away from a vote on going after ISIS — a scenario lawmakers would like to avoid in an election year — Kerry responded ‘none.’
Kerry said the opposition battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria has been outgunned and outmanned, but the administration believes that equation can change ‘if they receive proper training, if there are recruits that come in, and if it grows over a period of time.'” Read more.