Is John Kerry on crazy pills or is he right? After recent attacks in France, Turkey and Florida, one can only speculate their reach is getting broader.
Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Sunday that a recent spate of terrorist attacks reflects that ISIS is “on the run” in Iraq and Syria.
Kerry downplayed attacks like the shooting at an Orlando nightclub, a driver’s rampage through a crowd in Nice and the Istanbul airport attack, saying they don’t reflect the strength of the group in its home bases.
Those attacks “the desperate actions of an enemy that sees the noose closing around them,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
Tapper pressed Kerry about the assertion that ISIS “is on the run” given the recent string of attacks reportedly inspired by them.
“With all due respect, sir, I’m not sure that it looks that way to the public, that ISIS is on the run. In just the last few weeks, we have seen a series of ISIS-inspired attacks. … I don’t think ISIS is on the run,” Tapper said.
“If people are inspired, they are inspired,” Kerry said. “But ISIL, which is based in Iraq and Syria, is under huge pressure, and that’s a fact.”