Secretary of State John Kerry says President Obama's vow to "destroy ISIS" through airstrikes, bombing and support for a coalition of ground forces is not a war.
Speaking in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, after attempting to rally support for the war that's not a war, Kerry told CBS News that he prefers to use the President's go-to euphemism "long-term counterterrorism operation" rather than war because using the word "war" will just stir up "war fever":
"We're engaged in a major counterterrorism operation, and it's going to be a long-term counterterrorism operation. I think war is the wrong terminology and analogy but the fact is that we are engaged in a very significant global effort to curb terrorist activity. I don't think people need to get into war fever on this. "
For the record, Secretary Kerry served for a few months in the United States Navy in the Vietnam Police Action.