Why Obama Can't Say He Never Called ISIL 'JV'

September 8, 2014

On Sunday's Meet the Press, Obama said his infamous description of ISIL as a "JV team" was not intended to refer to ISIL "specifically."

"Keep in mind, I wasn’t specifically referring to ISIL," he told new host Chuck Todd.

"I’ve said that regionally, there were a whole series of organizations that were focused primarily locally. Weren’t focused on homeland, because I think a lot of us, when we think about terrorism, the model is Osama bin Laden and 9/11."

Commentary's Pete Wehner recently eviscerated that claim, calling it "demonstrably untrue."

Wehner quoted Obama's original remarks, which were in response to David Remnick pointing out that "the flag of Al Qaeda is now flying in Fallujah"--and that flag was an ISIL flag.

The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler has also given the White House's defense of the "JV" comment four Pinocchios.

Wehner writes:

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.