After Secretary of State John Kerry said on CNN that he didn’t view the continuing military strikes against ISIS targets as a war, National Security Advisor Susan Rice was dispatched to play cleanup on the network.
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“Is the United States at war right now with ISIS?” asked CNN’s Wolf Blitzer during an interview with Rice, adding that it “sounds like a war to me” and asking “Is it fair to call it a war?”

“Well Wolf, I don’t know whether you want to call it a war or a sustained counterterrorism campaign,” she said, reminding him that Obama had vowed not to put U.S. combat boots on the ground.

She explained that when Americans thought about war, it was clear that they would think about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.