Friday, August 22, 2014

Obama: "James Foley's Beheading Wasn't My Fault"

On Tuesday, August 19th, the terrorist organization knows as ISIS, or IS now, released a video of captive American journalist James Wright Foley being being beheaded by one of their members. In a manner that can only be called barbaric, the ISIS member forced Foley to read a letter condemning the United States as being guilty of his fate then used a knife to basically saw off his head. They then published the video on Youtube.

President Obama mentioned the murder of Foley in a very brief press conference upon his arrival back to Martha's Vineyard where he is finishing his vacation. Within ten minutes of the press conference Obama was back on the golf course. TV News outlets, both liberal and conservative, blasted Obama for his apparent lack of caring and his detachment from the situation. Joe Scarborough called Obama a "cold bastard."

Even MSNBC's Chris "I get a tingle up my leg" Matthews hammered Obama - not for his golf game but for his remarks about Foley's execution.

"I don’t know why he used the word ‘justice.’ It’s not appropriate here. This is an attack on our country, we have to react to it. This is a national, er, our country versus this group that has declared war on us," Matthews said. "No American president can survive if he lets Iran get nuclear weapons, and no American president can survive if he lets Americans be beheaded on international television with impunity. Impunity! He has to strike back, as an American, it’s in our soul!"

Apparently the White House press corps had spoken among themselves about Obama returning to the golf course. "Admit it," a nameless White House reporter who is with Obama emailed the press corps. "You all made small-dollar bets that POTUS would be playing golf today. And ... you would be right!"

"We are at the Farm Neck Golf Club at 1:13 pm. and POTUS is hitting the links again."

On Wednesday, senior Obama administration officials announced that U.S. Special Forces had made a rescue attempt that failed earlier in the summer. 

“The president authorized earlier this summer an operation to attempt the rescue of American citizens held by ISIL,” said one of two senior officials. The mission “was not ultimately successful because the hostages were not present . . . at the site of the operation.”

National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said: “We never intended to disclose this operation. An overriding concern for the safety of the hostages and for operational security made it imperative that we preserve as much secrecy as possible. We only went public today when it was clear a number of media outlets were preparing to report on the operation and that we would have no choice but to acknowledge it.”

I call BS. Obama released information about this rescue attempt for one reason only - to shift any possible blame for it off of him. He can now say "The execution of James Foley wasn't my fault. I sent out a rescue team but they failed."

Funny thing is - no one really was blaming him.

Retired military leaders across the country are reacting negatively concerning the release of this classified information saying it will endanger the other American hostages still being held and endanger other possible rescue missions. General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said the decision to release information came from the White House. It was obvious he wasn't happy about it but he couldn't say that on national television.

In related news - one week before the release of the Foley execution video, ISIS sent an e-mail to James Foley's family telling them what was going to happen:

A message to the American government and their sheep like citizens:
We have left you alone since your disgraceful defeat in Iraq. We did not interfere in your country or attack your citizens while they were safe in their homes despite our capability to do so!
As for the scum of your society who are held prisoner by us, THEY DARED TO ENTER THE LION’S DEN AND WHERE EATEN!
You were given many chances to negotiate the release of your people via cash transactions as other governments have accepted,
We have also offered prisoner exchanges to free the Muslims currently in your detention like our sister Dr Afia Sidiqqi, however you proved very quickly to us that this is NOT what you are interested in.
You have no motivation to deal with the Muslims except with the language of force, a language you were given in “Arabic translation” when you attempted to occupy the land of Iraq!
Now you return to bomb the Muslims of Iraq once again, this time resorting to Arial attacks and “proxy armies”, all the while cowardly shying away from a face-to-face confrontation!
You do not spare our weak, elderly, women or children so we will NOT spare yours!
You and your citizens will pay the price of your bombings!
The first of which being the blood of the American citizen, James Foley!
He will be executed as a DIRECT result of your transgressions towards us!
The e-mail was forwarded to the government but nothing was said or done about it. Negotiating with terrorists is something the United States doesn't do - unless you're swapping five Taliban leaders for one US Army deserter, that is.

In her typical odd and delusional way, State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said of Foley's murder: “I think ISIL wants to make this about the United States and our actions. And I think what the President was trying to say was that this is not about the United States and what we do,” Harf said. “This is about countries in the region coming together to fight a shared threat, and this is not about us.”

Just so I have it straight, Ms. Harf... what part of the video gave you an indication it was not directed at the United States? Was it perhaps the title of the video: “A message to America?" Or maybe the message at the end concerning American hostage Steve Joel Sotloff:  “The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.”

I can really only make one comment concerning Marie Harf and her brilliant statement - something I borrowed from another poster on Facebook. I think it sums her up exactly.

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