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In Wake Of Attacks, Kerry Claims "ISIS Is On The Run"

- July 17, 2016

Secretary Of State Echoes Out Of Touch Rhetoric Of Boss, Predecessor

Today, In An Interview With CNN's Jake Tapper, Kerry Claimed That ISIS Was "On The Run," Only To Be Challenged By The Spate Of Recent ISIS-Linked Terrorist Attacks. KERRY: "What we believe this indicates, however, is that Daesh, ISIL, in Syria and Iraq, is under great, great pressure and people are acting out in various places, but they are not growing in their ability to do things. They are shrinking. We've taken back 40 percent, 45 percent of the territory they held in Iraq. We're squeezing town after town. We've liberated communities. We're making progress now advancing on Mosul. In Syria, likewise, they're not able to attack and hold towns. They are on the run, and I believe what we're seeing are the desperate actions of an entity that sees the noose closing around it." TAPPER: "With all due respect, sir, I'm not sure it looks that way to the public that ISIS is on the run. In the last few weeks, we had…" KERRY: "Well, obviously." TAPPER: "We have seen a series of ISIS-inspired attacks. 49 killed in Orlando. 45 killed in Istanbul at the airport. More than 200 killed in Baghdad. 84 in nice. This is just the last five weeks. I don't think ISIS is on the run and might be expanding." (CNN's " State Of The Union," 7/17/16)

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Kerry Claimed That ISIS's "Days Are Numbered." SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY: "If people are inspired, they're inspired, but ISIL which is based in Iraq and Syria is under huge pressure and that is just a fact. Now, there are thousands of fighters, some of whom left the area of the fighting years ago and they are sitting in some community somewhere in the world and if you're saying that one person standing up one day and killing people is a reflection of ISIS moving in Iraq and Syria, I think you're dead wrong. Now, is it capable for people to be inspired by them and go out and do great harm to people? I said that. I acknowledge that, yes, there is that danger, but the core of ISIS is in Raqqah and it's in Mambj, it's in Syria, it is in Iraq and we are doing everything in our power to put additional pressure them and I believe their days are numbered." CNN'S JAKE TAPPER: "You are doing everything you can do? I mean, I think there are a lot of people in the United States, in the Pentagon and the national security apparatus who have a number of suggestions as to what more could be done to put pressure and to eliminate the threat of ISIS." (CNN's "State Of The Union," 7/17/16)

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Kerry Mirrors Clinton And Obama's Rose-Colored Rhetoric And Stay The Course ISIS Strategy

After Last Year's Attacks In Paris, President Obama Vowed To Stay The Course Saying "We Have The Right Strategy And We're Going To See It Through." "'We have the right strategy and we're going to see it through,' Obama said. 'There will be an intensification of the strategy we have put forward, but the strategy we have put forward is the strategy that will ultimately work' though it will take time. He said that airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition have been effective in taking out key members of the terror group's leadership and that a large presence of ground troops in Syria would be a 'mistake.'" (Kevin Liptak, Kristen Holms And Tal Kopan, "Obama Says Ground Troops To Fight ISIS Would Be A Mistake," CNN, 11/16/15)

President Barak Obama: "But The Strategy We Are Putting Forward Is Ultimately The Strategy That Is Going To Work." (Speech At The G-20 Summit, Turkey, 11/16/15)

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Obama Called For Staying The Course "Strategy That We Are Using Now" After The San Bernardino Terrorist Attack. PRESIDENT BARAK OBAMA: "The strategy that we are using now -- airstrikes, Special Forces, and working with local forces who are fighting to regain control of their own country -- that is how we'll achieve a more sustainable victory. And it won't require us sending a new generation of Americans overseas to fight and die for another decade on foreign soil." (President Obama, "Address To The Nation By The President," The White House, 12/6/15)

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Clinton On ISIS: "We Now Finally Are Where We Need To Be." CLINTON: "Look at these complex problems. I wish it could be either or I wish we could say yes, let's go destroy ISIS and let's let Assad continue to destroy Syria which creates more terrorists, more extremists by the minute. No. We now finally are where we need to be. We have a strategy and a commitment to go after ISIS which is a danger to us as well as the region, and we finally have a UN Security Council resolution bringing the world together to go after a political transition in Syria. If the United States does not lead there is not another leader, there is a vacuum and we have to lead if we're going to be successful." (Hillary Clinton, Democratic Primary Debate, Manchester, NH, 12/19/15)

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In December 2015, Clinton Said That Obama's ISIS Strategy "Is Close To Mine." QUESTION: "Anything you would have said differently or disagreed with respect to President Obama's address [inaudible]?" CLINTON: "I was really happy that he made the address. I thought it was very important for him to address the nation. And you know, I think his take on what needs to be done is close to mine." (Hillary Clinton, Interview With The Concord Monitor Editorial Board, 12/8/15)

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But Just Last Month, Obama's Own CIA Director Said The Administration's Efforts Have Not Reduced The Group's Ability To Carry Out Attacks

Director Of The CIA Said That Despite Efforts To Combat ISIS, It Has Not Reduced The Terror Groups Capability To Carry Out Attacks. CIA DIRECTOR JOHN BRENNAN: "Unfortunately despite all of our progress against ISIL on the battlefield and in the financial realm, our efforts have not reduced the group's terrorism capability and global reach. The resources needed for terrorism are very modest. And the group would have to suffer even heavier losses on territory man power, and money for its terrorist capacity to decline significantly. Moreover the group's foreign branches and global networks can help preserve its capacity for terrorism regardless of events in Iraq and Syria. In fact as the pressure mounts on ISIL we judge that it will intensify its total global terror campaign to maintain its dominance of the global terrorism agenda." (John Brennan, Select Committee On Intelligence, 06/16/16)

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