Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the U.S. is not at “war” with ISIS, but rather engaged in a “very significant counterterrorism operation.”

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest apparently didn’t get Kerry’s memo:

Come again…?

Earnest later made things very slightly less murky. Or is it more murky? You be the judge:

So the U.S. is not at war with ISIS because ISIS is at war against everybody including the U.S.? Now we’re getting somewhere. Or maybe not.

A preview of Earnest’s next presser:

That sounds about right.

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