As news continues to come in regarding the terrorists act of the Islamic State, the United States government is scrambling to put together a cohesive strategy. Though the future of American involvement in the region is unknown, Vice President Joe Biden has made it clear that the United States won't back down.
Speaking at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in New Hampshire on Wednesday, The Hill reports that Vice President Biden addressed the recent actions of the Islamic State, or ISIS, which included the beheading of American freelance journalist, Steven Sotloff. Biden stated that, "When people harm Americans, we don't retreat, we don't forget." The crowd cheered the vice president as he noted, "We take care of those who are grieving, and when that's finished, they (ISIS) should know, we will follow them to the gates of hell." Biden said that ISIS will be brought to justice because, "hell is where they will reside."
Biden continued to reiterate what President Obama and Secretary John Kerry have previously stated, noting that while the actions of ISIS are damaging, the United States will make sure that those who are responsible, will ultimately be held accountable. During a joint conference in Estonia on Wednesday, President Obama confirmed that the video of Steven Sotloff being beheaded was indeed legit. This is the second American journalist to be beheaded on video in less than two weeks, as James Foley was also killed on film in late August.
The actions of ISIS have brought the attention of the United States in Iraq back to the drawing board. President Obama has already authorized air strikes in Iraq, as well as food drops of humanitarian aid to civilians trapped in the region. The White House is now debating on the possibility of further military actions in the near future.