As America has recently watched in horror as ISIS terrorists behead both American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, more about the neglectful, and ultimately harmful, dealings Obama previously had in the matter are still coming forward. It’s recently come out that the Federal government even went so far as to threaten the Foley Family and demand they not help their son.
According to recent allegations released by Foley’s mother, Diane, agents of the government stated that they would be charged with aiding a terrorist organization should they pay the ransom demanded of them in exchange for their son. “We were told that several times and we took it as a threat and it was appalling.”
The strict words came from the mouths of predominantly a highly decorated member of the White House’s National Security Council staff. Now that it’s come out that Obama has known about Foley for quite some time, as well as the current operations of ISIS for the last year, they seemingly shut down every chance Foley had at survival.
As Diane further explained, “Three times he intimidated us with that message. We were horrified he would say that. He just told us we would be prosecuted. We knew we had to save our son, we had to try.” Furthermore, an official who formerly advised the family described, “It was an utterly idiotic thing to do that came across as if he had the compassion of an anvil.”
Foley’s brother, Michael, has also come forward validating the claims of his mother in which he conveyed, “I was specifically threatened by the Department of State about raising funds towards ransom demands for my brother. [The government] were actually an impedance… We were smart enough to look past it but it slowed us down.”
Eventually, it came to pass that Obama and his administration were successful in hindering the efforts of any and everyone trying to assist Foley for long enough in which the terrorists deemed him no longer advantageous to keep around. Clearly demonstrating her outrage, frustration and heartbreak, Diane concluded, “We were just told to trust that he would be freed somehow, miraculously… And he wasn’t, was he?”
Little was done by Obama to bring Foley home. Little was done by Obama as a response for the spilling of Foley’s, an American’s, blood. And now that the public has pushed him far enough, the best he can do to completely destroy the operations of ISIS is drop bombs on them from time to time.
Obama’s action, or inaction, is pathetic to say the least and he has made a once great and powerful nation appear weak on the world’s stage. What would it take for him to render the suffering of an American mother enough to enact justice? Would he ever reach that point or is his incompetence and indecisiveness so great that he will avoid going to war at all costs?