CommunityFDL Main Blog

John Kerry Tries to Claim a War Isn’t a War

When is a war not a war?

The next few weeks are going to be filled with Democrats and Administration officials twisting themselves into logical knots to pretend getting involved in the war in Syria doesn’t mean we are at war. Taking the lead at the moment is Secretary of State John Kerry. From CBS News:

“We’re engaged in a major counterterrorism operation, and it’s going to be a long-term counterterrorism operation. I think war is the wrong terminology and analogy but the fact is that we are engaged in a very significant global effort to curb terrorist activity,” Kerry told CBS News State Department Correspondent Margaret Brennan in an interview from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he is traveling as part of American effort to build a global coalition to battle ISIS.

“I don’t think people need to get into war fever on this. I think they have to view it as a heightened level of counter terrorist activity…but it’s not dissimilar similar to what we’ve been doing the last few years with al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan and in Yemen and elsewhere,” Kerry said.

So we are going to use military force over a long period of time to eliminate a group’s military capability and destroy them. We are using direct military attacks to change the outcome of a war. We are going to train troops to take over a country. We are also going to try to remove the current regime from power.

Yet somehow calling that a war is “war fever” because something about not having boots on the ground (advisers, armed intelligent agents, trainers, and special op commandos don’t count)?

Undermining the Constitution isn’t enough, they also out to undermine our dictionaries as well.

Photo by Sharon Dent under Creative Commons license

CommunityFDL Action

John Kerry Tries to Claim a War Isn’t a War

When is a war not a war?

The next few weeks are going to be filled with Democrats and Administration officials twisting themselves into logical knots to pretend getting involved in the war in Syria doesn’t mean we are at war. Taking the lead at the moment is Secretary of State John Kerry. From CBS News:

“We’re engaged in a major counterterrorism operation, and it’s going to be a long-term counterterrorism operation. I think war is the wrong terminology and analogy but the fact is that we are engaged in a very significant global effort to curb terrorist activity,” Kerry told CBS News State Department Correspondent Margaret Brennan in an interview from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he is traveling as part of American effort to build a global coalition to battle ISIS.

“I don’t think people need to get into war fever on this. I think they have to view it as a heightened level of counter terrorist activity…but it’s not dissimilar similar to what we’ve been doing the last few years with al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan and in Yemen and elsewhere,” Kerry said.

So we are going to use military force over a long period of time to eliminate a group’s military capability and destroy them. We are using direct military attacks to change the outcome of a war. We are going to train troops to take over a country. We are also going to try to remove the current regime from power.

Yet somehow calling that a war is “war fever” because something about not having boots on the ground (advisers, armed intelligent agents, trainers, and special op commandos don’t count)?

Undermining the Constitution isn’t enough, they also out to undermine our dictionaries as well. (more…)

Previous post

Jeff Holmstead Dismissed by Federal Judge as Expert Witness – Coal Lobbyist Defending Ameren

Next post

The Roundup for September 11th, 2014

Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com