Appearing on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” the President set out to correct a series of blunders he has recently made regarding the ISIS situation. Golfing after the beheading of an American journalist, and saying he had no strategy with regards to the terror group were brought up. However, Obama fell flat on his face when he attempted to deny having downplayed the ISIS threat just months ago.
The President was caught in a blatant lie when he was asked to explain his previous description of ISIS as “the jayvee squad.”
The comments were made by Obama during a January interview with the New Yorker magazine, and have been haunting the President for the past eight months.
Instead of admitting he had made yet another “mistake” on this front, Obama claimed that the quote has been continually misinterpreted and that he never actually used the phrase to describe the Islamic State.
“Keep in mind I wasn’t specifically referring to (Islamic State),” Obama told NBC’s Chuck Todd.
“I’ve said that, regionally, there were a whole series of organizations that were focused primarily locally, weren’t focused on homeland, because I think a lot of us, when we think about terrorism, the model is Osama bin Laden and 9/11.” he added, in what appears to be an attempt to muddy the water.
The fact-checking column PolitiFact notes that Obama’s comments here are completely false.
The original comments were made by the President in response to the Islamic State group taking control of parts of Fallujah, in Iraq. At the time Obama stated “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.”
JV is an abbreviation for junior varsity, and it is used to describe a high school or college’s secondary sports team.
PolitiFact even confirmed with the New Yorker journalist David Remnick that his question to the president referred specifically to the overtaking of Fallujah just four days before the interview.
Media reports from the time clearly show that it was the Islamic State (referred to as ISIS or ISIL) that was responsible for taking over the city. “On Friday, ISIL gunmen sought to win over the population in Fallujah, one of the cities they swept into on Wednesday.” AlJazeera reported, while the AFP reported that “ISIL, the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, remained in control…”
“Obama may not have specifically said Islamic State, but it’s clear he was talking about them.” PolitiFact states.
A fortnight ago, White House spokesman Josh Earnest tried to put out the same talking point during a news briefing. He was awarded a “four-Pinocchio” rating by the Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” column.
Here is the transcript from the New Yorker interview:
Remnick: “You know where this is going, though. Even in the period that you’ve been on vacation in the last couple of weeks, in Iraq, in Syria, of course, in Africa, al-Qaeda is resurgent.”
Obama: “Yes, but, David, I think the analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant. I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.”
Remnick: “But that JV team just took over Fallujah.”
Obama: “I understand. But when you say took over Fallujah –”
Remnick: “And I don’t know for how long.”
Obama: “But let’s just keep in mind, Fallujah is a profoundly conservative Sunni city in a country that, independent of anything we do, is deeply divided along sectarian lines. And how we think about terrorism has to be defined and specific enough that it doesn’t lead us to think that any horrible actions that take place around the world that are motivated in part by an extremist Islamic ideology is a direct threat to us or something that we have to wade into.”
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.