The beheading of James Foley seemed to be a game changer as far as Presidential resolve in the war on terror. You can read his remarks here, but I recommend that you watch the video to get the full flavor of the President’s apparently real anger at ISIS.
Just to highlight some of his remarks…
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. 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 what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt. They may claim out of expediency that they are at war with the United States or the West, but the fact is they terrorize their neighbors and offer them nothing but an endless slavery to their empty vision and the collapse of any definition of civilized behavior.
This isn’t typical Obama-speak. This sounds closer to vintage George W. Bush. The President’s reaction seems different to the beheading than previously, when he’s been forced, for the sake of protocol, to condemn some terrorist action that he really wasn’t worked up about. I think for the first time, Obama and his administration are actually appalled by an example of Islamic terrorism. Maybe because it’s a journalist; someone “like them” instead of a soldier, contractor, or missionary. Those are people generally incomprehensible to this administration’s biases.
And that’s probably why the press coverage is so different this time. The media has trotted expert after expert on TV telling how this is the greatest threat EVER and there seems to be no push back from the usual foreign policy leftists.
Tellingly, there also hasn’t been any push back from either the President’s allies or opponents in the Congress. Republicans are not exactly bragging to the high heavens about it, but they seem to be supporting the President. Meanwhile the administration is releasing security bulletins that indicate Chicago is a new terrorist target and the President is considering widening his air war against ISIS into Syria.
I think we might be on hand to witness one of the greatest ironies of modern times; an administration that came to power on an anti Iraq war platform now preparing us to go to war in Iraq.