Question for the State Department after Sotloff’s murder: Are we at war with ISIS yet?

posted at 4:01 pm on September 2, 2014 by Allahpundit

A tough one for Jen “Promise of Hashtag” Psaki. Her response may not inspire confidence, but it has inspired some amusing photoshops:

There’s an obvious — and constitutionally sound! — means of deflection available to her: “We’re not at war until Congress says we are.” Why she’d rather tap dance around the question by pooh-poohing “new labels” rather than direct James Rosen to Article I is beyond me. Maybe she thought it would look ridiculous, after Obama unilaterally declared war on Qaddafi to ruinous effect in Libya, for State to suddenly start acting like sticklers about which branch controls the war power. She may be a terrible spokesman but, in fairness, she’s holding an awfully bad hand here thanks to O.

Serious question: How many dead Americans does it take to create a casus belli against a terrorist group? Certainly no more than 3,000, per 9/11. Hezbollah killed many more Marines in the 1983 barracks bombing than ISIS has killed journalists, although I suppose you can draw a distinction there between acts of war between military (or paramilitary) forces and outright murder of civilian combatants. Then again, the murder of Daniel Pearl wouldn’t have triggered an AUMF against Al Qaeda had 9/11 not preceded it. If a new AUMF is coming against ISIS, it’ll be because of the strategic terrorist threat the group poses to Americans domestically, not because of what it did to Sotloff and James Foley — although those murders, being so barbaric, will do wonders to build American resolve in smashing these degenerates to pieces.

By the way, Psaki also refused to call Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an “invasion” today, of course.


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Schadenfreude on September 2, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Heads are chopped off and the kindergarten is in full swing.

No wonder LilliPutin laughs at Pseki and Harf.

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2014 at 6:22 PM

How about “Our strategy is to lie to the American people and the world about what our strategy really is”…

oscarwilde on September 2, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Well, that might work….if dear leader actually had a strategy.

Unfortunately, however……

Solaratov on September 2, 2014 at 6:24 PM

So how do Psaki and Harf split up the “Time to have a presser and look like an imbecile” duty???

You have to wonder..where do they get these bimbos, but then again, look at their boss…

John Kerry…

maybe they’re Hillary Leftovers….

BigWyo on September 2, 2014 at 6:42 PM

They’re clearly at war with us.

Unfortunately, our DoS’ current plan appears to be “BOHICA.”

EdmundBurke247 on September 2, 2014 at 6:55 PM

I’m beginning to not like this Obama fellow.

307wolverine on September 2, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Kinda reminds me of the drawings of Mickey Mouse with his middle finger extended with the caption, “Hey, Ayatollah!” that appeared here and there back when Jimmy Carter let the Iranians hold onto 52 of our citizens for more than a year, back in 1980.

Whem people feel impotent, they resort to useless and meaningless displays of their feelings. They feel impotent when their leaders do nothing.

The similarity between Carter and Obama in this regard is pretty stark.

philwynk on September 2, 2014 at 8:06 PM

a leader of men and nations… they’d better find one.

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2014 at 4:50 PM

This guy could do the job

Hipshot on September 2, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Another brain dead lying liberal hag. I have to puke.

crosshugger on September 2, 2014 at 8:46 PM

No wonder LilliPutin laughs at Pseki and Harf.

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Totally unfair. Everyone laughs at Peski and Barf.

Jaibones on September 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

No self-respect.

virgo on September 2, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Robot with hooters speaks doublespeak.

That’s all.

Sherman1864 on September 3, 2014 at 7:36 AM

I’m feeling my years.

I remember when the White House and State Department Press Secretaries and official Spokesmen would engage the press to inform the people.

Under this transparent Administration, their job descriptions appear to have been changed to the exact opposite.

Adjoran on September 3, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Why even watch these briefings, they don’t answer any question and therefore is totally uninformative. Waste of time!

rjoco1 on September 3, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Please tell me that was done with Photoshop.

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 3, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Her response may not inspire confidence, but it has inspired some amusing photoshops:

Whew.

The “United for Ukraine” one was bad enough.

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 3, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Please tell me that was done with Photoshop.

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 3, 2014 at 11:52 AM

You can totally tell. Nobody would wear a necklace of green jawbreakers IRL.

RushBaby on September 3, 2014 at 7:28 PM

If ISIS doesn’t stop, and soon, they will have the awesome power of hashtag rained down upon them.

Anti-Statist on September 4, 2014 at 10:58 AM

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