Deny, deny, deny.
That’s seemingly the strategy White House spokesman Josh Earnest has adopted from the old Clinton White House, and he proved it Tuesday when he called the Obama administration’s strategy against fighting ISIS an “overall success.”
ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked Earnest at the regular news briefing if he thinks the overall approach used against the Islamic State can be defined as a success.
“Overall, yes,” he said.
That response earned him glaring criticism, especially since Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, fell over the into the hands of the bloodthirsty militants over the weekend after a final push that began Friday.
“Overall, yes.” says Josh Earnest when asked by @jonkarl if war strategy against ISIS is a success
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) May 19, 2015
“Denial” defined. https://t.co/1j1ptBdqy3
— Mitch Gregory (@mgcat) May 19, 2015
But things got even stranger when Earnest, used a poorly timed phrase to explain the disaster in Ramadi.
“I guess the thing is, we have to sort of decide what our approach to these issues is going to be,” he said.
“Are we going to light our on fire every time that there is a setback?”
No one’s quite sure what Earnest’s peculiar statement was supposed to really mean.
If it was meant to throw critics off the scent of rancid foreign policy, it didn’t work. In fact, it had the opposite effect.
“Are we going to light our hair on fire” every time there is a setback? asks a frustrated Josh Earnest answering questions on Ramadi — Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) May 19, 2015
This is odd phrasing when the “setbacks” usually include ISIS lighting people on fire https://t.co/LJ8RvHpyIi
— L (@OrwellForks) May 19, 2015
— MaxR.S (@Randy_Shannon) May 19, 2015
— Ryan B. Leslie (@RyanBLeslie) May 19, 2015
ISIS is the one lighting people on fire. And crucifying them. And beheading them. And selling them into sex slavery. https://t.co/dqZnw6fA92
— Neal Dewing (@Neal_Dewing) May 19, 2015
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) May 19, 2015
“Are they going to light someone’s hair on fire every time there is a little setback?” “Yes”
— Political Math (@politicalmath) May 19, 2015
— Moe Lane (@moelane) May 19, 2015
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