After American journalist James Foley was beheaded, not only are Iraqis asking why the United States and its allies have not cracked down on Islamic State (ISIS) fighters long before they captured large areas of Syria and Iraq, but the State Department said that the ISIS threat is not about the U.S. or what the Obama administration does.
CNS reported on Thursday that Deputy State Department spokesperson Marie Harf condemned the beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic terrorists (ISIS), but she also stated that the ISIS threat “is not about the United States and what we do.”
Brittany M. Hughes of CNS reported that Harf had spoken after President Obama told the nation that “governments and peoples across the Middle East” should come together in a “common effort to extract this cancer, so that it does not spread”… and then Obama went golfing.
Harf continued by saying, “I think ISIL wants to make this about the United States and our actions. And I think what the President was trying to say was that this is not about the United States and what we do. This is about countries in the region coming together to fight a shared threat, and this is not about us.”
When pressed by reporters for details on what the United States expects from the other governments in the Middle East, Hughes stated that Harf had refused to go into specifics on how the administration is working with other countries to eliminate the threat posed by ISIS.
During President Obama’s press conference, he never mentioned about the on-going slaughter of Christians by ISIS. Furthermore, has ignored the threats that ISIS has imposed on the United States that has been stated by various sources such as U.S. lawmakers, Rep. Mike Rogers, (R-MI) and Sen. Ron Johnson, (R-WI) where ISIS in Iraq could bring terrorism back to the United States and other Western countries.
Rep. Rogers told CBS’s “Face the Nation”, “ISIL has said that they want to take the people who have Western passports -- and remember they are flooding into this country -- thousands of individuals now signing up with ISIL to fight their jihad in Syria and Iraq have Western passports. That's what's so dangerous about this," Rogers told CBS's "Face the Nation."
“We also know that they want to conduct an attack, but so does al Qaeda. And so now you have two competing terrorist organizations. Both of them want to get their credentials to the point where they can say, we are the premier terrorist organization. Both want to conduct attacks in the West for that reason. And guess what? That means we lose at the end. If either one ever those organizations is successful, we lose.”
While ISIS continues to grow and spread, Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project stated that the Islamic State (ISIS) must pay a price for beheading U.S. Journalist Foley and that the U.S. must deliver a harsh blow to the jihadists of the Islamic State, one that they will not be able to ignore.
Mauro said, “The Islamic State now rules one-third of Syria and one-third of Iraq. It has learned from other Islamists and has focused on putting together a stable and functioning government.”
“The U.S. cannot dislodge the Islamic State over the short-term. It requires a multilayered broad strategy, “Mauro said. “But the U.S. can blunt its momentum and show the world that murdering Americans brings immediate consequences. The beliefs of the Islamic State are a recipe for perpetual war and brutality. The Islamic State must not be validated due to American inaction, delays and half-measures.”