Obama Strongly Condemns the Brutal Murder of Jim Foley, Vows to be Vigilant, Relentless


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Speaking at the Edgartown School on Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama mourned the “brutal murder” of journalist Jim Foley and strongly condemned the terrorist group responsible, the ISIL, saying, “No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day.” While Obama said that the U.S. will be vigilant and relentless, the White House confirmed that this will not mean combat troops on the ground.

President Obama said (per a White House transcript) the entire world is “appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL.” He continued, “Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother, and a friend. He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away. He was taken hostage nearly two years ago in Syria, and he was courageously reporting at the time on the conflict there.”


Obama called ISIL cowards and listed some of their crimes against humanity, “Jim Foley’s life stands in stark contrast to his killers. Let’s be clear about ISIL. They have rampaged across cities and villages — killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence. They abduct women and children, and subject them to torture and rape and slavery. They have murdered Muslims — both Sunni and Shia — by the thousands. They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes, murdering them when they can for no other reason than they practice a different religion. They declared their ambition to commit genocide against an ancient people.”

The President strongly denounced the idea that the ISIL spoke for a religion, “So ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day.”

Obama said people like this ultimately fail. “They fail, because the future is won by those who build and not destroy and the world is shaped by people like Jim Foley, and the overwhelming majority of humanity who are appalled by those who killed him.”

The President said we will do what we must to protect our people, “The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people. We will be vigilant and we will be relentless. When people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done. And we act against ISIL, standing alongside others.”

Striking a bit of fear into the war weary, the President continued, “The people of Iraq, who with our support are taking the fight to ISIL, must continue coming together to expel these terrorists from their communities. The people of Syria, whose story Jim Foley told, do not deserve to live under the shadow of a tyrant or terrorists. They have our support in their pursuit of a future rooted in dignity.”

But Obama called for a common effort to combat the “cancer” of the ISIL, “From governments and peoples across the Middle East there has to be a common effort to extract this cancer, so that it does not spread. There has to be a clear rejection of these kind of nihilistic ideologies. One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century.”

Before calling for prayers for those who loved Jim, the President urged people around the world to replace hateful terrorism like we saw yesterday with a sense of hope and civility.

Oliver Knox, Chief Washington Correspondent for Yahoo! News, reported that he asked if this meant we might have combat troops on the ground, but the White House reiterated that their pledge against combat troops stands:

The Obama doctrine is seen clearly in the President’s response to brutal examples of terrorism. The President called on the international community to work together, as this is something everyone can agree upon, to fight this kind of terrorism. He vowed to be vigilant and relentless, and we know he can be (see Osama). So far, President Obama doesn’t seem to believe that combat boots on the ground will solve “terrorism”. But then, it’s hard to wage a successful war on an idea.

14 Replies to “Obama Strongly Condemns the Brutal Murder of Jim Foley, Vows to be Vigilant, Relentless”

  1. So, while the president is dealing with big problems around the world and keeping us safe, the turtle man is talking about
    shutting down the government and trying to destroy the economy again!
    Boehner is probably somewhere in a bar with a drink in his hand, why is he not in Washington, according to the war powers act he needs to get a vote in congress to agree/disagree with the actions of the pres(I think it has been over 60 days that Obama has been sending letters to them)

  2. I say that a new policy by the military and our CIA and Special Ops groups—TAKE NO ISIL PRISONERS. Eliminate each ISIL dog with “extreme prejudiced”. And the Kurds and the Irquis should show no mercy on the battlefield to them. Wipe them out in the worst way possible, everyday. That scourge has got to leave this earth–ALL of them.

  3. “Obama called ISIL cowards and listed some of their crimes against humanity.”

    Of course their acts were cowardly and were crimes against humanity. But before the President allows his dudgeon to get too high, he should think long and hard about this question: is the use of drones, which, even when they hit their intended target, take out a lot of innocent people as well, really any less barbaric?

  4. I’m not referring only to the drones being used against ISIL. Or have you forgotten about the ones used in Pakistan and Yemen and Afghanistan? They managed to create far more potential terrorists than they ever killed actual ones.

    And if the President is going to talk about “cowardly acts,” I see nothing more cowardly than a country who uses drone “pilots,” sitting half a world away, to unleash indiscriminate murder and mayhem on many innocent people along with any intended targets), using video screens and joysticks, with absolutely no risk to themselves. Yeah, that’s a model of courage and bravery alright!

  5. War is war. The tools used in war change constantly. Thats sad, but its a given. Drones are no different then any other tool of war. In Iraq we used high altitude bombing that did far more damage then a drone. If we wernt using drones we would use jets with smart bombs. It makes no difference where the pilot is

  6. Nope. I hate war. I hate the death it brings. But I am also logical enough to understand that a drone for all intents and purposes is no different then a guided bomb, an artillery shell, a missile on the wing of a jet. It doesnt make a gnats ass difference to a person being bombed what the delivery vehicle is

  7. Shiva is right on!

    Innocents are going to be killed in wars. There is no getting around it. (In the words of Winston Churchill — “War is hell.”)
    What would be the alternative? This is by far a better solution then seeing our military men and woman returning home by the thousands in wooden boxes.

    I applaud Pres. Obama for all he does to keep our country safe.

  8. I wasnt being critical of Mark. Thats just my opinion, that a drone is no different then any weapon used in war. The use of it may take collateral lives, but nothing like a bomber or aertillery taking out a city block

  9. No more US involvement period as far as I am concerned. The US has lost too much blood and treasure in Iraq as it is. This will be used by the war hawks as an excuse to ramp up the already enormously bloated US defense budget. The nation needs defense spending to depreciate back to at least Clinton era levels. To be honest we need both the Pentagon and defense budget to be cut in half, and spend more on our infrastructure and programs for the poor.

  10. Here’s the deal if the terrorists are among you leave or get them out ; as they will be killed as will innocents who they hide among; its on the terrorists not on us.

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