Washington Post calls out White House attempt to backtrack on Obama’s ‘ISIS is a JV team’ comment

In what has proven to be one of the more ill-fated remarks of his presidency, President Obama referred to al-Qaeda linked groups in Iraq and Syria as “a jayvee team” during a January 2014 interview with The New Yorker. The White House is now in damage control mode, attempting to explain away the analogy. But the Washington Post is not letting them off the hook so easily.

On August 25, NBC News’ Peter Alexander asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest if the President “underestimate[d] ISIS when he referred to them… as a JV squad and [made] a reference to National Basketball Association basketball teams like the Lakers.” Earnest offered a longwinded explanation that ultimately amounted to: Obama “was not singling out” ISIS when he made the jayvee comment.

EARNEST: I thought somebody might ask this question today so I wanted to pull the transcript of the interview because it’s important to understand the context in which this was delivered. So let me just read the full quote and then we can talk about it:

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.



So the president was not singling out ISIL, he was talking about the very different threat that is posed by a range of extremists around the globe. Many of them do not have designs on attacking the West or attacking the United States, and that is what puts them in stark contrast to the goals and capability of the previously existing al Qaeda core network that was let by Osama bin Laden.

The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler awarded that response “four Pinocchio’s” – a distinction that is reserved for the most egregious lies.

“[I]n quoting from the transcript, Earnest provided a selective reading of the discussion. In particular, he failed to provide the context in which Obama made his remarks—the takeover of Fallujah by ISIS,” Kessler writes. “That’s fairly misleading. The interviewer was certainly asking about ISIS when Obama answered with his ‘JV’ remarks.”

On radio this morning, Glenn offered his own take on Earnest’s spin and called any attempt to explain way the President’s words “outrageous.”

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“This is so outrageous,” Glenn said. “What [Earnest is] saying is the context here is that [ISIS is] not the same as those who would target us here in the homeland. First of all, that’s not true… They said it over and over.”

As Glenn spoke to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann about on Wednesday, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – the man named caliph of the new Islamic State – threatened the U.S. when he was released from captivity in 2009. He reportedly told guards, “I’ll see you guys in New York.”

“They also have far more money,” Pat said of ISIS. “And far more access to resources than al-Qaeda had.”

“I’m curious, as a long-term threat, which one is a bigger deal,” Glenn concluded. “A a bunch of people in caves and in hiding like al-Qaeda, or someone who controls an entire economy that has access to unlimited funds… They’re in the middle of taking over countries right now.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • soybomb315

    Obama and Glenn are wrong. ISIS is a threat that would normally be handled by the dictators in Saudi/Syria/Iraq….However, we have provided so much military hardware that they are harder to beat this time than normally.

    Read this:
    http://www.stage2omega.com/isil-completely-fabricated-enemy-by-usa-former-cia-contractor/

    It’s time to let the muslims handle the muslims. ISIS wants to take over the saudi regime – i say we step out of the way and let them kill each other off.

    • Yo Mamma

      I think yo mammy Obammy thinks this way too. I told him not to get involved and I’m very pleased he isn’t.

      Christians have eventually come to their senses and have no desire to see loads of dead. Give them a few years to inflame and they’ll be right as rain, ready to take on the world again. In the name of their man god, that is

      • landofaahs

        You were a test tube baby. Janitor in a drum.

        • Yo Mamma

          Yes, a high tech red neck

          • landofaahs

            I looked up a picture of you and let’s just say that God did not bless you so much on the physical appearance measure. UB ugly.

          • landofaahs

            Well, I have to do some work and make a lot of dough. It keeps the steak and potatoes coming in. Oh and the bacon too. Yum Yum.

          • zemla

            That I want to see

            Hmmmm, lookin at some soldiers now 😉

          • landofaahs

            And UB ghetto trash

      • landofaahs

        ISIS deserves to be destroyed.

        • Yo Mamma

          I thought you went to the southern border to capture the illegal catholics. So now you want to travel to syria too?

          • landofaahs

            Testy little democrat aren’t Ya.

          • landofaahs

            Just like Stephen I forgive you and ask the father to forgie you for you know not what you do. Shalom

          • Yo Mamma

            I forgie you too girlie

            but all my forgies won;t help you with God CReator

          • jim

            Humoring the Goy,s huh

          • zemla

            That wouldn’t be a slant now would it?

          • jim

            Lol-Wrong war ,(slant ,slope or gook )wrong epithet-not J Mccain by any chance ?

          • zemla

            Oops, haha! I didn’t mean to type slant, I meant to type “slight”. I think I was going to type slight,then thought of “slam” and jumbled them up into slant. No racial term from the Korean or vietnam era intended :) my apologies

          • jim

            No worry’s -just a bit of tongue in cheek banter :)

        • soybomb315

          so then let God destroy them. We cannot afford to destroy every people of the world that deserve to be destroyed.

          • landofaahs

            We can’t afford feeding the lazy and stupid either, but we do.

          • soybomb315

            “We can’t afford feeding the lazy and stupid either, but we do.”

            But because we do does not mean we should.

        • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

          Israel, Saudis, & U.S. created and supports them covertly.

      • fjoy

        You WILL NOT BE PART OF THE 144,000 WHO ARE SEALED IN GOD’S NAME.
        I have lots of Jewish friends who are NOT hateful like you.
        Your post consistently spew hate to Christians sadly Jesus, yes Jesus
        said they (your ilk) hated me and will hate you for my name. I have been warned in the bible by Jesus himself of haters like you.
        In Jesus Name AMEN

        • Yo Mamma

          We do not hate
          We do not tolerate

          Were are not jews

          The man god died because he ministered to the people in the LAND. A low life judah man, a common man, wanting to elevate himself to a Levite

          lol

          He should have been stoned

          • G….h.i

            His blood is still on your hands yo mama.
            Do you know why? He was the lamb that the prophets spoke about in the Torah.
            Need I remind you that a well known Sage from Israel revealed the name of the future Messiah? He said it was Yeshua. Can you interpret King David’s prophecies? King David was also a prophet. Did you know that?
            You probably don’t because you can’t get past your self righteousness.
            Do you sacrifice today? Why was it that after the death of Yeshua the temple tore half? Why did Moses rip his garment in half.
            Why did the high priest rip his garment in half?
            Better yet why is it that you can’t understand the temple is the heart and not some building?
            The temple is gone and God doesn’t accept anymore lambs. Of he did then the temple and sacrifices would be happening today.

            Yeshua is the Son of God and Son of man.

          • G….h.i

            Didn’t the scriptures talk about how God was un pleased with the left overs?

            When you criticize Christians look in the mirror because you have a beam in your eye.

          • Yo Mamma

            With all your knowledge gabs, but you still have a sports car as a thing you admire?

            Keep posting gaps, you are interesting

            So sayeth messenger of God Creator

        • jim

          Dont forget the two servants-you cant miss them-they will be the ones with tin foil lined straw hats also !

      • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

        Exactly! Let Muhammadans slaughter each other, no need for us to be involved!

    • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

      Yes! Let Muzzies kill other Muzzies…excellent!

    • zemla

      Good idea, the real fight is between the parents, we are just pissed for giving the car keys to the unruly kids

  • Yo Mamma

    You call out washington post on isis
    CNN calls you out on Hillary

    Is there a shortage of news to be calling each news agency out?

    • soybomb315

      LOL

    • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

      Yeah because CNN has reason to trusted. Even tho they got in trouble for lying on air over and over again.

  • landofaahs

    Note to Obama. Just when I think you’ve said the stupidest thing ever, you keep talking.

    • Shane

      Obama still thinks that he can get away with any lie and the liberal MSM will cover for him. No, with Obama’s ratings in the tank, some in the liberal MSM will call him out for lying.

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

    300 Americans trying to join to ISIS but yet they are not a threat to us. Really left!

    • soybomb315

      sounds like you think americans are a threat to us….

      • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

        Sounds like you are one of these a holes that are Joining ISIS. I am sorry but the lose their citizenship when the join the enemy and comment treason against the Constitution. Sounds like you hate the Constitution and America.

        • soybomb315

          “Sounds like you are one of these a holes that are Joining ISIS…. Sounds like you hate the Constitution and America.”

          Such anger and close-mindedness. All i did was repeat what you said back to you….

          • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

            No I said people who stab the Constitution in the back are the enemy like this 300 not all Americans like you claimed I was saying so yeah shove your so called logic and spin up your ass.

      • pfiffi43

        That is right, if they join ISIS and return to the US radicalized they will be a threat. But of course a liberal mind like yours can not grasp that.
        Sorry, soybomb, you bombed out with your post and with so many others you have written!!!!!!

        • soybomb315

          So do you think US government should kill americans before they join ISIS, as Connor Kenway suggested? Do you work for Eric Holder by any chance?

          • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

            They already did just trying to get to them you dumbass.

          • jim

            Tin foil lined straw hats must be hell on a well groomed mullet.
            Dumas -or dumbass ?

          • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

            Oh look I found you and your cat.

          • pfiffi43

            You are twisting everything people write. So let me explain in real simple terms what I said in my post:
            1. If Americans join ISIS and return to the US they will be radicalized and will be a threat to America.
            2. I never said that they should be killed here in America, but
            if we have a chance to knock them off before they return we would be better of, would we not?
            3. I feel, if any American does anything to hurt the homeland then we should take away the passport and citizenship of that person and the whole clan who resides in the US. The clan
            should be deported and the traitor brought to justice.
            4. Mr. Kenway did not say that he wants Americans killed before they join ISIS.
            5. You should read the posts and not just gloss over them. Maybe then you can understand what was written and not make up stories in your simple mind.
            It is hard being a Liberal and for once think for yourself, isn’t it, Soybomb.

    • Guest

      Iran Didn’t Create ISIS; We Did
      Instead of shifting blame for ISIS’s rise, the West and its allies should look in the mirror.
      http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/iran-didnt-create-isis-we-did/

      ISIS in Iraq stinks of CIA/NATO ‘dirty war’ op
      http://rt.com/op-edge/168064-isis-terrorism-usa-cia-war/

    • jim

      (Sigh)Some folks just cant see the wood for the trees or in some case,s the “nuts” for the “wings”

      ISIS in Iraq stinks of CIA/NATO ‘dirty war’ op
      http://rt.com/op-edge/168064-isis-terrorism-usa-cia-war/

      Iran Didn’t Create ISIS; We Did

      Instead of shifting blame for ISIS’s rise, the West and its allies should look in the mirror.
      http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/iran-didnt-create-isis-we-did/

      • Guest

        Nice hat you’re wearing, jim. It certainly fits you to a T !

        • Guest

          Said the guy sporting a…

          • Guest

            Thanks for sharing that picture of yourself. You really got all dolled up didn’t you.

      • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

        So it is ok for people to crap on our Constitution commit treason to join the enemy because Obama was high and decided to give guns to terrorist. Is that what you are saying pea brain.

        • DILLIGAF

          Why are you twisting things said in order to willingly create or prolong a disagreement. No, Obama should not target Americans on American soil at any time and should not target Americans abroad unless proven in a court of law said person is a threat to our national security. Those who fight with ISIS or other radical muslim groups should lose their citizenship and not be allowed back in the country if again, it is proven in a court of law said person took up arms against America or it’s allies in combat. Obama was stupid to give waring muslim factions arms and Hillary was stupid for suggesting it. Those weapons are now killing innocent muslims, Jews and Christians.

          If this is not written in plain enough english, please repeat grades 6th – 12th again.

          • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

            But should be arrested for being an enemy of the state. I never said we should target them. Name one place where I said that.

          • pfiffi43

            Connor, it is hopeless to argue with a pea brain Liberal. It also seems that it might just be one Liberal with different names who is responding to your posts. It should make people wonder if they (these nincompoops) get paid for spouting the Liberal dogma over and over again! Most of the time they make no sense at all, and the rest of the time they twist everything that was posted. But, I guess sometimes you have to set the record straight.

          • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

            I think you are right or they are just sharing the communal liberal brain. I have a theory that all liberals use the same brain that has been damaged beyond repair and that is why they all sound the same.

          • jim

            Mulling the ills of our time will take more than a narrow perspective
            Lost the hat or eaten it ?

          • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

            Racist much?

          • jim

            Said one sock puppet to another !

          • pfiffi43

            Since you seem to be familiar with idioms:
            Look, “the pot is calling the kettle black.”
            At least the “sock puppets” are mulling the ills of our times and are not just parrots repeating what comes down the liberal pipeline!

          • DILLIGAF

            You said it somewhere else. It might have been sarcasm but it didn’t read that way. I don’t get you. You post come comments like you are conservative then there are outburst that have liberalism totally written into them. I would pick out examples of each, but you have your profile set to private and I don’t really care to go digging through countless posts just to find yours.

          • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

            I never did not that I know of anyways and just because I am a free thinker does not mean much in todays world. For the most part I am Conservative but sometimes I go “liberal” only on a few issues like Gay marriage and the reason why I have it set to private is because I had a liberal troll following me every where.

        • jim

          Where did you get that hat ,where did you get that hat -sing along now !

  • Lucy Farrah DeMonique

    Once ISIS is fully established and USA finally emerges from denial, so will begin World War III.

  • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

    Glenn, we are funding & training them…do you understand & get it?

  • pfiffi43

    The only time this president is not “blundering” is when he has his teleprompter in front of him. Comparing ISIS to a JV team showed how uninformed he really was,
    since it was known for a long time that ISIS was more than just some dingy dogs running around in the dessert. I wonder if he still has Muslim Brotherhood hoo-doos and hoodwinks giving him advice? Or is he talking too much to Common Core teachers?

  • longduckdong2

    Me thinks that the biggest threat to America~~is~~envelope please~~Barrack Hussein Obama!!! (The real JV team leader)

  • G….h.i

    Obama’s out fundraising for em.

  • tonybigs

    The JV team is now murdering Americans. Perhaps ISIS should be called JV from here on out as a subtle reminder of how liberal “group think” works: call something names then try to walk it back, if necessary.

    • G….h.i

      At what point is the Pentagon gonna tell Obama to step aside?

      • zemla

        Not sure but the civilian leadership pretending to be powerless won’t be fixed by the military leadership acting with unchecked power

        • G….h.i

          Should a dictator ever go into office. I’d hope our military leadership should do what they took an oath to do.

  • jim

    When a fire is raging, firefighters are called – not the arsonist who started it, especially if they return to the scene of the crime dragging a barrel of gasoline behind them. Yet, this is precisely what the US proposes – that they – the geopolitical arsonists – be allowed to return to Iraq to extinguish the threat of heavily armed sectarian militants (that they themselves along with other allies trained funded and armed)streaming from NATO territory in Turkey and edging ever closer to Baghdad.

    the US goal in the region was never “stability” and surely not “moderation.” As early as 2007, sources within the Pentagon and across the US intelligence community revealed a conspiracy to drown the Middle East in sectarian war, and to do so by arming and funding extremist groups including the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda itself.Looks like they got their wish In ISIS!

    • soybomb315

      Military-industrial complex

  • jim

    ISIS- armed ,funded and trained courtesy of the US,The Saudi,s and Israel
    in order to stoke the sectarian divide in the middle east
    photo showing John McCain with ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi
    . It seems John McCain either is a traitor, as his fellow Veterans from Vietnam call him, or he can’t tell a “moderate rebel” from the ISIS leader, who was also filmed with McCain despite the multi-million dollar contract on his head.

  • jim

    As true then as it is now-fear mongering -the most widely used item in the politicians toolbox !

    • jim

      Herman

    • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

      Seeing who we are or have you not notice the rolling American heads that were attached to bodies?

      • jim

        The foley video has turned out to be a fake -as for the most recent one-time will tell !
        But geopolitical shenanigans are afoot that is for sure-nothing is as it seems !

        • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

          Again that is a lie but you tin foil hat people just hate reality so much that you have to lie about someone’s death.

  • Philip Mcaleavey

    Oboma is a Muslim sympathizer…cut out all the rest of the B.S. look at his track record and all the corruption since he came into office as a “community organizer” and his Admin. cronies threatening reporters or anyone else in the D party who doesn’t vote his way ? Nobody does or they get “whacked” ?

  • 7tom7

    When will the left wing news media stop giving obama excuses for cover ,like he didn’t articulate his last three press conference well or mixed message ??? Believe they were to give obama cover for not in doing much against Muslims terrorists only token feign moves for his cover !!! Now public outcry and congress is forcing obama to take a more forceful speaking against ISIS etc , but his heart is really with radical Muslim world !!??? If obama words means anything this time watch his actions,non-actions,half try, delay actions , deceptions ,most of all the results and don’t listen to his BS words to U.S citizens and the world !!!