We Have Always Been at War With ISIL!

Could the administration be in any more disarray? After carefully avoiding any use of the word “war” in connection with its proposed operation against ISIL, and apparently having received more ridicule than it bargained for, administration spokesmen are now reversing course: it is a war after all! And, for good measure, we have been at war with al Qaeda all the while. White House spokesman Josh Earnest explains:

So apparently statements by Susan Rice (Our plan “is very different from [war]”), Marie Harf (War on terrorism is “certainly not how I would refer to our efforts”) and John Kerry (“‘War’ is the wrong reference term”) are no longer operative. Has a war ever gotten off to a less auspicious start?