White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was recently asked if the Obama administration is considering the murders of Syrian Christians by ISIS as genocide. The short answer was, "No."
However, Earnest preferred beating around the bush a little:
Well, we have long expressed our concerns with the tendency of -- well, there's not a tendency -- a tactic employed by ISIL to slaughter religious minorities in Iraq and in Syria.
Earnest's remarks to the press continue to baffle but are just an echo of the leadership in the administration. TruthRevolt reported last week that Secretary of State John Kerry is in need of "additional evaluation" to determine if "genocide" is the correct term to describe what is happening to Christians in the Middle East.
Even though the press secretary assured reporters that President Obama is indeed doing all he can to protect Christians in the region, it seemed the press were confused why they he was shying away from a definitive declaration. And so Earnest explained... sort of:
My understanding is the use of that word involves a very specific legal determination that at this point has not been reached.
But we've been quite candid and direct exactly about how -- how ISIL's tactics are worthy of the kind of international, robust response that the international community is leading. And those tactics include a willingness to target religious minorities, including Christians.