Anorak | The War On ISIS Isn’t A War It’s An ‘Effort’ Says Barack ‘Adrian Mole’ Obama

The War On ISIS Isn’t A War It’s An ‘Effort’ Says Barack ‘Adrian Mole’ Obama

by | 13th, September 2014

The cast if Thames TV dramatisation of Sue Townsends best seller, The secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 and 3 quarters on location in Harrow, London. * (L-R) Beryl Reid (Grandma), Gian Sammarco (Adrian), Stephen Moore and Julie Walters (Adrian's parents). Date: 18/03/1985


WHEN is a war not a war? That question to Obama, who calls the assault on ISIS an “effort”. Did he ever read The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole , the fictional diary of a teenager?

One entry reads:

The nation has been told that Britain and Argentina are not at war, we are at conflict.

Dan Froomkin:

This was not going to be a huge deal, he indicated. He called it an “effort,” not a war, and stressed that “this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil.” There was no talk of shock and awe; what Obama had in mind was a ”counterterrorism campaign” that “will be waged through a steady, relentless effort.” And Obama’s lack of any specificity regarding the scale of the effort, the timing, goals for partner participation, or any kind of metrics for success was either cover for him  not really having a viable plan  — or a brilliant rhetorical strategy to keep open the option of ratcheting everything back once the hysteria passes. Or both.

Not a war. Got it? Got it !

“If somebody wants to think about it as being a war with [ISIS], they can do so, but the fact is that it’s a major counterterrorism operation that will have many different moving parts,” [John] Kerry  said  Thursday on CNN. “I don’t think people need to get into war fever on this,” he  told  CBS News’ Margaret Brennan. It is true that this latest round of airstrikes and other actions against ISIS is not a war in the classic sense.

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