Jonathan Karl And Josh Earnest Spar Over Obama’s JayVee Comment: “He Clearly Was Talking About ISIL”

We’ve all dealt with liars. We all know what it feels when someone tells a brazen lie to our faces.  It’s an uncomfortable experience. Do you confront the person and risk embarrassing him, or do you let it slide? If you dislike the person – it’s not so hard to call them out. But if you like them – if they’re a friend – it is very difficult indeed. As far as the American press corps is concerned – they are much better at calling out lies (or what they perceive to be lies – usually just policy disagreements) of Republicans. It’s much harder for them to call out the lies of their Democrat friends.

That’s what the White House press corps is up against every day at the daily press briefings.

So kudos to the intrepid ABC reporter Jonathan Karl for calling Josh Earnest out on his lie about Obama not referring to ISIS (or ISIL as the WH likes to call them) when he called them JV. It must have been very uncomfortable for him.

Via Mediaite:

Karl brought up congressional testimony last November from Assistant Secretary of State Brett McGurk. In his statements to the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee [PDF], McGurk spoke of multiple attacks ISIS had carried out last year, and explained how ISIS has been able to thrive: AQ/ISIL has benefited from a permissive operating environment due to inherent weaknesses of Iraqi security forces, poor operational tactics, and popular grievances, which remain unaddressed, among the population in Anbar and Ninewa provinces. It has also benefited from a sanctuary across the porous border in Syria, control of lucrative facilities there, such as oil wells, and regular movement of weapons and fighters between Syria and Iraq.

Karl asked, “Did this message get to the president? Did he believe it? Did he not hear it? What happened?

Earnest gave a long-winded answer attempting to absolve the the Regime of the charge of negligence, beginning with a favorite WH conceit – which is using peer pressure to shame a tough questioner – “this is something the president has discussed on a number of occasions.” (Apparently some reporters *cough* Jon Karl *cough* have been too dense to pick up on it.)

“Principally what we’re talking about here is the rapid advance of ISIL across the Iraqi desert and the success that they have had after that advance – of holding whole swaths of territory. That is not to say that the was not an acknowledgement of the risks that this organization posed…”

Karl interrupted Earnest right there and cut to the chase: “Let me stop you for a second because two months after Brett McGurk says this – the president calls ISIL the Jay-Vee team in an interview in the New Yorker….”

Earnest: (interrupting) “We’ve been through this and that’s not what – “

Karl “He was clearly talking about ISIL..”

Earnest: (interrupting) That’s not true.

Karl: “The question was specifically about what happened after ISIL took over Fallujah. The question was directly about” –

Earnest: “We can look at the transcript after the briefing – that’s not what it says.”

Okay, let’s look at the transcript from the New Yorker interview:

In the 2012 campaign, Obama spoke not only of killing Osama bin Laden; he also said that Al Qaeda had been “decimated.” I pointed out that the flag of Al Qaeda (ISIS) is now flying in Falluja, in Iraq, and among various rebel factions in Syria; Al Qaeda has asserted a presence in parts of Africa, too.

“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,” Obama said, resorting to an uncharacteristically flip analogy. “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.

“Let’s just keep in mind, Falluja 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 are a direct threat to us or something that we have to wade into.”

Obama knew exactly who  they were and what they were doing. *Anyone who was paying attention, last year,  knew they were a threat to humanity – and was appalled by the genocide they were visiting on Christians and ethnic minorities in Syria. We wondered why the United States was doing nothing to stop it.

All those people died because Obama didn’t want to upset his base by “meddling” in “sectarian violence.” As if the wholesale death and destruction (mass-murders, beheadings, crucifixions) the insane murder cult ISIS was leaving in its wake –  could be described as “sectarian violence.” When the violence inevitably spilled over into large swaths of Iraq, Obama was forced to change his tune.

“Keep in mind I wasn’t specifically referring to [Islamic State],” Obama told Chuck Todd many months later on Meet the Press.

Even David Remnick, who did the interview with Obama and wrote the New Yorker profile, said, “I’m afraid this is spin; it’s disingenuous,” he said on CNN’s AC360.

At the time of the New Yorker interview, ISIL had recently seized Fallujah, as Remnick remembers: “It seemed to me, looking back on it, that yes, he murderswas referring to the group that had taken over Fallujah. I specifically said Fallujah, and that’s who it was, and he’s fully informed.”

“I think this denial is putting spin on the ball,” Remnick said. “I thought this piece of language, and his communication in general on foreign policy in recent months has been rather, and surprisingly, lax and out of key.”

The Washington Post and PolitiFact have both rated the Obama administration’s claim as false.

And you know for the factcheckers to rate this president’s claims as false, they have to be egregious – demonstrably false lies that can no longer stand up to any scrutiny.

Commentary‘s Pete Wehner  eviscerated the claim, calling it “demonstrably untrue.”

The problem is in this whole process the president of the United States is distorting the truth. He’s doing so willfully. But this deception will not only fail; it will further undermine his credibility, which is already at a low ebb. As Mr. Obama said in 2008, “I mean, words mean something. You can’t just make stuff up.”

Mr. Obama is at war with reality, and reality is winning.

Finally -After six years of daily beatings – reality is finally winning a few here and there.

* Previous posts on Syria:

Analysis of Rocket Used in Syria Chemical Attack Shows “Administration Narrative Not Even Close To Reality”

 Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack?

30 Bodies of Christians Massacred By Syrian Rebels, Last Month Found In Mass Grave

“Scandalous”: Israel Fuming About WH Leak Confirming Their Strike on Syria

Why Was An Al Qaeda Commander Photographed Inside a USAID Tent? (Video)

More Tales Of Woe From The Christians Of Maaloula Syria

Obama Waives Federal Law That Prevents Arming of Terrorists So He Can Arm The Syrian Rebels

Grief Stricken Christian Woman in Syria Lashes Out: ‘We Blame Obama!…He Is Helping The Rebels’…

Maaloula: The battle for Syria’s ancient Christian Village continues (Video)

Syrian Rebels Infested With ‘Muslim Brotherhood-Type Islamists and Al Qaeda Fighters

Video: Tearful Christian Woman Terrorized Out Of Her Syrian Village Begs Obama To Stop Arming The Rebel Jihadists

Iranians Warned U.S. That Syrian Rebels Had Chemical Weapons Over a Year Ago…

Hostage Released From Syrian Prison Says he Overheard Rebel Captors Admitting Insurgents Used The Chemical Weapons (Video)

Justin Amash: Obama “Embellished” Syria Information – Says Briefings Have Made Him “More Skeptical” (Video)

Video: Senator McCain Gets An Earful From Passionate Syrian Woman At Town Hall

Obama’s Smoking Gun Proof That Assad Was Behind Chemical Weapons Attack Was Doctored?

Putin Throws Down: How About Showing Us Some Convincing Proof Syrian Regime Used Chemical Weapons?

Post Holiday Weekend Link-Around: Will Congress Authorize ‘Operation Don’t Make Obama Look Bad’?

Now It Can Be Told: Fence Jumper Made It Waaay Inside White House

Initially, officials indicated that the White house intruder, Omar Gonzalez, was apprehended just inside the main entrance. Now it’s come out that he made it much deeper inside – suggesting even greater failure on the part of the Secret Service – not to mention the predictable mendacity of the White House spin machine.

Via The Washington Examiner: 

The intruder, Omar Gonzalez, jumped the fence, sprinted through the front door, overpowered one Secret Service officer and ran through much of the main floor before begin apprehended, according to the Washington Post.

An alarm box near the front entrance designed to alert guards to an intruder was muted — apparently at the request of the usher’s office, an unnamed Secret Service official told Washington Post.

After darting past a guard at the front, Gonzalez, who had a knife, went past the stairway that leads up to the first family’s living quarters. He then ran into the East Room, which is often used for receptions and or presidential addresses.

At the southern end of the East Room, Gonzales was tackled by a counter-assault agent.

Tuesday, the House Oversight and Reform Committee will hold a hearing to discuss the recent security lapses by the Secret Service.

 

 

Obama Wants You To Notice He’s Going Gray (Video)

In his speech before the Congressional Black Caucus Awards Dinner, the president paid tribute to the most corrupt Attorney General in American history, calling him ‘a faithful servant of the American (actually his) people’. And later in his speech, he brought up his gray hair – which he says people around the country are commenting on – prompting them to pray for him.

Via White House transcript:

Tonight, I want to begin by paying special tribute to a man with whom all of you have worked closely with; someone who served his country for nearly 40 years as a prosecutor, as a judge, and as Attorney General of the United States:  Mr. Eric Holder.  (Applause.)  Throughout his long career in public service, Eric has built a powerful legacy of making sure that equal justice under the law actually means something; that it applies to everybody — regardless of race, or gender, or religion, or color, creed, disability, sexual orientation.  He has been a great friend of mine.  He has been a faithful servant of the American people.  We will miss him badly.

See the “palette cleanser” below for a rebuttal to this.

Some blogs picked up on an awkward segment of the speech in which Obama ad-libbed for a bit. (Never a good idea for this president.)  In an attempt to connect with voters and motivate them to get to the polls, he shared what he says “the folks” say when he travels around the country. The official White House transcript indicates that he said people tell him “he’s so great.”  Which would not be out of character at all for this flaming narcissist.

But I think they misheard him. What the president (who currently has a 35% – 38% approval rating) wants everyone to know, is that he’s going gray. Valerie Jarrett (my guess) told him it makes him a seem like a more sympathetic character, so play it up. Remind everyone that the stresses of the job – like battling the Rethugs in Congress, who want to strip African Americans of their voting rights – is turning his hair gray. He needs your prayers, you guys – Barack Obama says he believes in the power of prayer – so if you want to pray that he stop being a corrupt, lying failure – you should definitely feel free to do so.

All around the country, wherever I see folks, they always say, oh, Barack, we’re praying for you — boy, you’re so great; look, you got all gray hair, you looking tired.  (Laughter.)  We’re praying for you.  Which I appreciate.  (Laughter.)  But I tell them, after President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, he immediately moved on to what he called “the meat in the coconut” — a voting rights act bill.  And some of his administration argued that’s too much, it’s too soon.  But the movement knew that if we rested after the Civil Rights Act, then all we could do was pray that somebody would enforce those rights.   (Applause.)

So whenever I hear somebody say they’re praying for me, I say “thank you.”  Thank you — I believe in the power of prayer.  But we know more than prayer.  We need to vote.  (Applause.)  We need to vote.  That will be helpful.  It will not relieve me of my gray hair, but it will help me pass some bills.  (Laughter.)

Remember how Harry Reid once remarked that Obama was a “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one?” At the Congressional Black Caucus dinner, Saturday night, Obama clearly wanted to have one.

Video via Gateway Pundit. 

Sounded pretty forced to me – “You lookin’ tarrr.”

Good lord. Hillary Clinton does a better job faking African American accents. “I’ve come too farrrrr”

*Palette Cleanser:

J. Christian Adams on WMAL discusses the real civil rights legacy of Eric Holder.

 

Jeanine Pirro On Radical Islam: “It’s Us Against Them”

Judge Jeanine Pirro opened her show, Saturday night with a solid opening statement addressing the recent beheading in Oklahoma.

The judge really knows how to cut to the chase. Noting the Muslim assailant’s link to a  radical cleric with ties to  Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki, Pirro declared, “until we put the fear of God in them, they are going to keep coming.”

We can’t negotiate with them. We can’t trade with them. We can’t let them out of Guantanamo. In fact. Even Guantanamo is too good for them. And I don’t personally care what the rest of the world thinks of us. Until we get this country back on track with out military superiority – the hallmark of a strong and a free nation – then our enemies will continue to attack us.

She continued, it’s time for Americans to realize it’s us against them – to come together as a nation – to forget the political lines that separate us. We have to start treating these cases as war crimes – not simple prosecutable felonies.”

Your Sunday Hymn: Beautiful Savior

Also known as the Crusader’s hymn because it is believed that German Crusaders sang the hymn on their way to the Holy Land.

Sung magnificently by the St. Olaf Choir:

Lyrics:

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Police Officer Shot In Ferguson – Gunman Still At Large (Video)

Horrible news out of Ferguson, Saturday night.

 

Via KMOV 4 St. Louis:

Authorities responded to a call for an officer shot in north St. Louis County late Saturday night.

St. Louis County Police confirm to News 4 a Ferguson police officer has been shot. A police staging area has been set-up around the area of West Florissant and Stein. Multiple police departments are responding to the scene.

The officer was shot in the arm.  The condition of the officer was not released.

Early reports indicated that the officer who was shot is a woman. But his is in fact, a man.

Seems like the unruly mob went from hostile and menacing before the shooting – to docile and well behaved after the shooting as every officer from the surrounding municipalities poured into the area to investigate the crime.

Of Course: The Brand New, Just Came Out Of Nowhere “Khorosan Group” Is al Qaeda

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Barack Obama is a liar.

Often the lie comes in the form of a promise he has no intention of keeping:

- “Today I’m pledging to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term in office.”

- “We’ve got shovel-ready projects all across the country.”

- “As soon as we’re out of this recession, we’ve got to get serious about starting to live within our means.”

- “We agree on reforms that will reduce the costs of health care. Families will save on their premiums.”

- We “will ensure that federal contracts over $25,000 are competitively bid.”

- We “will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year.”

- “We are going to work with you to lower your [health care] premiums by $2,500,” and we’ll “do it by the end of my first term as president.”

- “I don’t take a dime of their [lobbyists’] money, and when I am president, they won’t find a job in my White House.”

- “I pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.”

- And of course PolitiFact’s 2013 Lie Of The Year: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what. … You can keep your family doctor.”

Sometimes the lie is the result of ideological blindness.

- “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

- “It’s here that companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future.” After Obama’s administration gave the company $535 million, Solyndra and its solar panels went belly up.

Sometimes his lies are self-aggrandizing boasts or attacks on his political opponents:

- Claims that virtually all economists – all healthcare experts – all scientists etc agree with his remedies to fix a given problem. (Too many examples here to cite but it’s one of his favorite conceits, and the MSM is fooled every time.)

- Claims vast majority of Americans agree with his policy prescriptions (Again – examples too numerous to list.)

- Accuses opponents of bad faith – not genuine disagreement.

-  al Qaeda is “on the run”, “on its heels”, “decimated” (Repeatedly claimed during the 2012 campaign.)

And sometimes he lies to save his hide when a bad policy decision or a previous lie has been exposed.

- “We reject the use of national security … to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.”

- “The sequester is not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed.”

- “I didn’t set a red line [in Syria].”

- “What we said was, you can keep (your plan) if it hasn’t changed since the law passed”

- “What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue (withdrawal of troops from Iraq) keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision,”

- “When we said we decimated al Qaeda, we meant al Qaeda core.”

Obama’s biggest lie of the 2012 campaign – al Qaeda is “on the run”, “on its heels”, “decimated” has been laid bare by recent events.

The Khorosan lie is meant to paper over that lie. Khorosan is core al Qaeda in Syria. We may as well call them Khor-al Qaeda-osan.

I should have smelled the BS when I blogged about the “new terror organization” the “Khorosan Group” four days ago. The Regime’s brazen mendacity surprises even me, sometimes.

Via Andrew McCarthy, NRO: 

We’re being had. Again.

For six years, President Obama has endeavored to will the country into accepting two pillars of his alternative national-security reality. First, he claims to have dealt decisively with the terrorist threat, rendering it a disparate series of ragtag jayvees. Second, he asserts that the threat is unrelated to Islam, which is innately peaceful, moderate, and opposed to the wanton “violent extremists” who purport to act in its name.

Now, the president has been compelled to act against a jihad that has neither ended nor been “decimated.” The jihad, in fact, has inevitably intensified under his counterfactual worldview, which holds that empowering Islamic supremacists is the path to security and stability. Yet even as war intensifies in Iraq and Syria — even as jihadists continue advancing, continue killing and capturing hapless opposition forces on the ground despite Obama’s futile air raids — the president won’t let go of the charade.

 Hence, Obama gives us the Khorosan Group.

The who?

There is a reason that no one had heard of such a group until a nanosecond ago, when the “Khorosan Group” suddenly went from anonymity to the “imminent threat” that became the rationale for an emergency air war there was supposedly no time to ask Congress to authorize.

You haven’t heard of the Khorosan Group because there isn’t one. It is a name the administration came up with, calculating that Khorosan — the –Iranian–​Afghan border region — had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it.

The “Khorosan Group” is al-Qaeda. It is simply a faction within the global terror network’s Syrian franchise, “Jabhat al-Nusra.”

 

Tip of the hat to Bizpac Review for helping me tabulate the lies.

 

 

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