The news of the beheading of Steven Sotloff by ISIS just being reported as Fox News blamed President Obama for the murder of the American journalist.
Fox News’ KT McFarland said,
This president has stuck his head in the sand. We now have evidence that he has known about the the threat that is mounting coming, with the ability of ISIS to take large areas, be well funded, be well armed, and have this jihadist agenda of killing, murdering, raping, crucifying, beheading anybody who gets in their way. Americans, Christians, religious minorities, even other Muslims, and the president stuck his head in the sand, and now we’ve seen two Americans have lost their heads.
There’s a second part of this. It’s not just who is going to be dying in the Middle East when this group expands through the region. Who’s protecting the homeland? The president has said nothing in all these conversations about we’re going to secure the border. We’re going to get rid of political correctness and figure out who’s here. We’re going to find out what American passport holders are going into the Middle East, are fighting in Syria and Iraq, getting trained, and then coming back to America. We have heard nothing of that.
The news started to break at around 1:25 PM ET about the murder of Steven Sotloff, and by the 2 PM ET hour, Fox News was blaming President Obama. It an incredibly cynical and callous attempt to turn the murder of an American citizen into a partisan political attack.
Notice that McFarland didn’t limit herself to calling for all out war in the Middle East. She also went the full blown religious bigot route by calling for the targeting of all American-Muslims. What McFarland left out of her Obama bashing was a simple fact. ISIS has gained advanced American weapons that were left behind from George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq.
Would ISIS be in Iraq today if the Bush administration didn’t remove Saddam Hussein without a plan for the future? Fox News wants to blame President Obama for the instability in Iraq, but it was George W. Bush who created the regional destabilization that ISIS has been able to exploit.
ISIS is another byproduct of the Republican Party’s failed Middle Eastern adventures, but that is a piece of truth that Fox News will never tell their viewers.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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