Instead of negotiating Obama is using violence and very strong words:
Barack Obama urged allies in the Middle East to join together in routing the "cancer" of Islamic State (Isis) a day after the jihadists released a video of the beheading of a US journalist.Maybe I'm just stupid. It could be, but I've been around a long time, yes, even longer than the American President, and while ISIS is a dangerous, violent group of terrorists the United States is not their primary priority right now. And we all know that the United States is a humongous country and can easily survive. This can't be said about Israel and Hamas.
As David Cameron acknowledged that the Isis fighter guilty of the "barbaric and brutal" murder of James Foley appeared to be a British citizen, Obama pledged on Wednesday a relentless response to "cowardly acts of violence".
Shortly after Obama spoke, US central command confirmed 14 new air strikes against Isis near the Mosul Dam, which the Pentagon and Iraqi forces said on Tuesday was no longer under Isis control. US officials later revealed that American special forces had attempted to rescue Foley and other hostages held by Isis in a recent raid inside Syria. The operation was unsuccessful: no hostages were found at the location targeted by the US team.
|Obama after making his speech. STEVEN SENNE/AP|
|James Foley in Aleppo, |
Syria, in July 2012.
Photograph: Nicole Tung/AP
- Obama sent in commandos to attempt to rescue James Foley, but they failed.
- Obama wouldn't negotiate ransom.
- Obama is repulsed by ISIS's beheading of Foley.
- In response Obama bombs them:
The Americans unleashed a new round of air strikes Wednesday against ISIS, with the 14 attacks bringing the total to 84 since Aug 8. NY Daily News
- pressures us to make some sort of mediated deal with the terrorists.
- condemns us for bombing Gaza and hurting the human shield civilians.
"What's good for the goose should be good for the gander."