It Depends on What the Meaning of ISIS Is



The morning after the President Obama announced the United States had hit ISIS strongholds in Syria, Bill Clinton said the United States will be engaged in the conflict “as long as somebody’s trying to have total control, particularly if it’s ISIS.”

The former president, speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual conference in New York, emphasized that there was no need for a U.S. “land war.”

“We don’t need to be there on the ground,” Clinton said, but predicted the administration would pursue “an extended involvement with airpower and with providing intelligence and other institutional support to the people who are fighting ISIS and trying to create a more inclusive set of governments in the Middle East.”


I’m out of practice parsing Clintonisms. Would somebody please tell me what the hell he just said?

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