CNN’s Acosta to Earnest: Does Obama Still Think ISIS Is ‘Jayvee Team’?
President Obama gave an interview earlier this year that touched on comments he made about al-Qaeda being “decimated.” David Remnick challenged him on that comment, pointing to various al-Qaeda-affiliated groups popping up around Iraq and Syria. The president gave what Remnick characterized as “an uncharacteristically flip analogy”: “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.”
Well, with ISIS’ actions in Iraq forcing the U.S.’ hand into launching airstrikes and sending humanitarian aid into Iraq, CNN’s Jim Acosta brought up that comment to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today.
Acosta asked, “Is it safe to say that ISIS, they’re no longer the jayvees?”
Earnest did not directly answer the question, but he did argue it’s completely accurate to say al-Qaeda leadership in Afghanistan “has been decimated and defeated in Afghanistan.” He said there are some groups with the same violent ideology that “are not particularly sophisticated’ and don’t pose a serious threat to the United States, while others do and that’s why the U.S. will act against them.
Watch the video below, via C-SPAN 2:
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