Shortly after the first of the year, Barack Obama described the burgeoning threat posed by the terror group now known as Islamic State, also referred to as ISIS or ISIL, in an interview with New Yorker reporter David Remnick.
“I think the analogy we use around here sometimes,” he said, “and I think is accurate is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.”
He went on to assert that there is a significant difference in “the capacity and reach” of terrorist leaders like Osama bin Laden and the militants affiliated with ISIS.
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Obama’s comments came just days after ISIS declared victory in Fallujah, Iraq, a fact that Remnick pointed out in his interview.
In response, however, the president dismissed the significance of that offensive. Months later, ISIS has grown precipitously in size and scope, having claimed responsibility for the brutal murders of two Americans in recent weeks.
As a result, Obama’s detached opinion of the group has come back to haunt him.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest attempted to mitigate the damage in a recent statement, insisting that Obama “was not singling out ISIL” but was instead “talking about the very different threat that is posed by a range of extremists around the globe.”
The Washington Post, however, took exception to this rationalization.
Earnest claimed he wanted to provide context to Obama’s comments, but Post reporter Glenn Kessler explained that he “provided a selective reading of the discussion.”
He concluded that Remnick “was certainly asking about ISIS when Obama answered with his ‘JV’ remarks.”
In fact, Earnest’s attempt to explain Obama’s comment struck Kessler as so disingenuous that he bestowed upon it the distinction of ‘four Pinocchios,’ the Post fact checker’s highest level of dishonesty.
WashPost: 4 ‘Pinocchios’ for Spin of Obama’s ISIS ‘JV’ Comment http://t.co/WwVgSfTzil
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H/T: The Blaze
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