Ever wonder why Obama always refers to ISIS as ISIL? In his recent speech following the San Bernardino terrorist attack, he referred to "ISIL" 19 times but never said the word "ISIS."
A caller to the Rush Limbaugh show, Alan from Denville, New Jersey, presented a theory. He explained that ISIL stands for "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant," and Obama uses the term because he wants to link our current crop of terrorists to President George W. Bush's actions in Iraq.
But Rush had a different explanation. He pointed out that "ISIS" includes Iraq as well because it stands for "Islamic State in Iraq and Syria." He believes that rather than linking Bush to the rise of ISIS, Obama is actually using "ISIL" as a dig at Israel.
Rush explains that the word "Levant" is used by "ISIL" to refer to a unified region of Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine that denies Israel's right to exist. Rush thinks it's notable that Obama uses that term exclusively as well, despite the fact that nearly everyone outside his administration does not. Rush points out that "Levant" means little to Obama's American audience but has a deeply negative meaning to our ally Israel.
Is that a good explanation, or do you have another?