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
@DrewMTips @charliespiering @jonkarl that would be the “loser doctrine” — Erin Wilkinson (@E_Wilkinson) 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
.@PressSec should have taken an extra sec before spewing fire mixed w/ ISIS #smh https://t.co/uDgHT5GFyl @charliespiering
— MaxR.S (@Randy_Shannon) May 19, 2015
Are you kidding me? @Acosta @PressSec pic.twitter.com/ve4wdXzNn2
— 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
.@charliespiering Great choice of words @PressSec.. Bonehead pic.twitter.com/H4N56D6boK
— 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
There is video of Islamic State doing precisely that. How does @PressSec SLEEP at night? https://t.co/NOwH68Pn7E
— Moe Lane (@moelane) May 19, 2015
Be sure to check out:
Wow video! Hillary answers media with a big F-you that leaves everyone’s jaws on the ground
Clinton caught using ANOTHER secret email: Conservatives fed-up with GOP avoiding words ‘Hillary lied’
DONATE TO BIZPAC REVIEW
Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!
- Rep Steve King releases scathing rebuttal and warning on Trump’s deal with Dems: ‘The base WILL leave him’ - September 14, 2017
- Beefcake cop photos unexpectedly go viral, bring relief to hurricane victims in more ways than one - September 14, 2017
- Eight of Florida’s elderly die in sweltering hot conditions at rehab center - September 14, 2017
We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.