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August 20, 2014 - 6:13 am

A Congress in recess began to react late Tuesday to the horrific beheading of journalist James Foley, with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) stressing that Foley won’t be the last American to die at the hands of ISIS unless the Islamic State is stopped.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), who represents Foley’s native state and where his parents live, said in a statement that ”our hearts are broken for the Foley family.”

“James was an innocent civilian who was bravely performing his job as a journalist,” Ayotte said. “This barbaric and heinous act shocks the conscience and highlights the truly evil nature of the terrorists we confront, who must be defeated. My thoughts and prayers are with James Foley’s family at this extremely difficult time.”

Ayotte replaced Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) as the third senator in the powerful national-security trio including Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

Neither McCain nor Graham has yet spoken on the Foley murder, but they have been the loudest voices in the upper chamber for some time warning that President Obama let ISIS get out of hand. “Our senior military, intelligence, and national security leaders have all stated that ISIS is a direct threat to the United States, and we should delay no further in taking the necessary actions to counter it,” they said in a joint statement the day before the gruesome execution video was released by ISIS.

Five days ago, an MSNBC piece accused Graham of “fear-mongering” on the Islamic State.

Foley’s other home-state senator, Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), noted that Foley “was a respected and accomplished journalist who devoted his life to one of our most important freedoms – the freedom of press.”

“Everyone who knew him recognized his dedication to his work and his commitment to sharing his eye-witness reporting of world events,” she said in a statement late Tuesday on her Facebook page. “His murder was a cowardly act of terrorism and underscores the threat that ISIL poses to the freedoms we hold dear. My thoughts are with the Foley family and everyone who knew and loved James, both in New Hampshire and around the world.”

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R-N.H.), who’s aiming to unseat Shaheen this November, quickly issued a one-sentence statement after the devastating news: ”If anyone needed further evidence of the utter inhumanity of Islamic terrorism, this is it. ISIS is pure evil, and they must be stopped.”

Rubio issued a lengthy statement around midnight calling the murder “the latest example of the evil and barbarism of these terrorists.”

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Foley family and with other Western hostages who at this hour are still being held.”

The Daily Beast reported in January that terrorists hold a cache of journalists and aid workers, and moved them east and away from the reach of the Free Syrian Army when they expanded the Islamic State.

“Just as Al Qaeda’s initial killings of Americans abroad foretold the carnage they would unleash within our borders, this barbaric beheading of a defenseless hostage is the clearest indication to date that ISIL has declared war on the United States, on the American people, and on freedom loving people everywhere,” Rubio said. “For more than a year, ISIL has been murdering civilians, raping women and young girls and enslaving them, and carrying out a systematic genocide of anyone who does not share their warped and extremist Islamist views. ISIL cannot be reasoned with, they can’t be negotiated with, and their view of the world is irreconcilable with civilized society.”

Rubio added that he remains “deeply concerned that despite the preponderance of evidence that proves ISIL is a fundamentally evil and dangerous terrorist threat to the United States, President Obama continues to appear unwilling to do what is necessary to confront ISIL and communicate clearly to the American people about the threat ISIL poses to our country and to our way of life.”

“ISIL is not a problem for only Iraqis or Syrians to solve. A piecemeal approach will not eliminate the growing threat to the United States and our allies. If we do not do more to assist our Iraqi partners and those moderate Syrians who are fighting ISIL and directly target ISIL’s leadership and networks in Iraq and Syria, I fear that James Foley will not be the only American to die at their hands.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Jim Hanson, former Special Forces, AKA Uncle Jimbo from the blog Blackfive, offers the best analysis I've seen so far. He doesn't pull any punches.

Islamism Delenda Est.

http://www.blackfive.net/main/2014/08/religion-of-pieces.html
17 weeks ago
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Wake up, America!

Our Muslim dangers are also right here at a mosque near you. Our Muslim dangers start right here inside America from inside our Muslim communities which are serving as "cover" for sleeping terrorism, smilin', smilin', so polite.

Quietly.

Wake up.
17 weeks ago
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Western civilization can spend the next decade ( if we last that long )
Trying to contain and defeat the Jihadist forces of Islam.
We can keep struggling in the quest for the Democratization of Islamic states which we already did and failed at after investing billions in money and blood.
We can try to strengthen the so-called 'moderate branches of Islam, if there is one. They're either being cowed Into silence or winking and nodding to their Islamist brothers.
We can continue to use drones and special forces and police actions but so far That hasn't been effective. The violent Jihadists reproduce faster than we can neutralize them.
We can try making nice with the organizations of 'Soft-Jihadists' who advance Sharia and Jihad through usually peaceful and legal
Means (like the Muslim Brotherhood Obama's been backing for
The last six years) but that backfired.
The problem of violent Islamic Jihad is more widespread and virulent today than it was even at the height of its glory days when Hordes of Jihadists Advanced on Spain and other parts of Europe, something happening again even at this moment. For Over 1400 years of Jihadist violence, of murder and enslavement, forced conversions, and abuse Of women and children ...and yet still In this modern day and age Islam remains more a retro-sixth century ideology of bloody conquest than anything resembling a religion of peace and harmony.
The world can't wait for this backward cult of Muhammad to somehow 'reform' itself.
Not when nuclear and chemical weapons of Jihad very soon will be within the reach Of religious psychopaths and end-of-days fanatics who yearn for martyrdom.
When a beehive is burnt the surviving bees are disoriented
And dispersed. Certainly there are many angry bees initially but then they lose their ability to sting and just Disappear and scatter into the countryside and soon die.
There's a lesson in this. The hive is in Mecca. It's called the
Kaaba. Or we can continue getting stung for the rest of history!


Yoelarry
17 weeks ago
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The caliphate is established, Americans die at the hands of muslims, race riots are burning the Country...

what's not to like in all that when you are a subversive who wants to destroy America's might ?

17 weeks ago
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everyone one at msnbc lost their heads years ago. and shoved it up a dark stinky place.
17 weeks ago
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We have a world ruled by idiots.While we,"the free world" sit and twiddle our thumbs,people are losing their heads.I'am totally ashamed of Obama in a thousand ways.Remember the saying"pay me now or pay me later"?Any people ruled by the Quran,and that means ALL muslims and islamists,are a huge threat to the free world.WAKE THE HELL UP WORLD,,,,
17 weeks ago
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If MSNBC has to even ask the question, "Is ISIS/ISIL evil", it only demonstrates how utterly clueless they are, and why they deserve their abysmal ratings.

If only we had a competent Commander in Chief, we wouldn't be in our current weakened condition, we wouldn't have allowed the ISIS resurgence, but even if ISIS had been able to mount a credible threat, we could commence real combat operations, not tentative like before, and remove this scourge from the planet.

Too bad we do not have a competent Commander in Chief.
17 weeks ago
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FCMABBHO is quite competent if you believe that his goal is to sow disunity and mayhem in the Middle East.
17 weeks ago
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Five days ago, an MSNBC piece accused Graham of “fear-mongering” on the Islamic State. SNIP

Maybe I've missed it, but I've seen nothing this morning on MSNBC about his assassination. MSNBC appears to have become the Ferguson Network.

Fox has reported that FCMABBHO will address the assassination later today. I wonder if he'll chide the Islamic State for twisting Mo's message of peace, love and understanding.
17 weeks ago
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No, Obama will chide Americans for not understanding how Foyle's beheading demonstrates Islam's message of love, peace and understanding. You see, the Muslims love non-Muslims so much that they don't want to see us have to endure the pains of this world without the love of Allah to lighten our hearts. Great humanitarians that they are, they commit what is essentially a mercy killing to put us out of our misery.

Of course Obama can't put it quite that directly but that will be the gist of his message.

Or maybe I've just gotten extremely cynical about him....
17 weeks ago
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You're not the only one. But, I knew what he was back in 2008.
17 weeks ago
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The Obama Address:

1. This is unacceptable.
2. This is not how we behave in the 21st century.
3. Round of golf.
17 weeks ago
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When he interrupted his vacation to fly back to D.C. the other day, I got the feeling that his addressing the Islamic State was a sideshow, that Ferguson was in the main tent.
17 weeks ago
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I still have no idea why he came back. Was it for optics? If so, it didn't work...it was just weird.
17 weeks ago
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My best guess is that is was solely for optics. Well, that plus the narcissist couldn't handle not being in the news and had to get his smug mug out on the airwaves.
17 weeks ago
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MSNBC covered Ferguson for about 22 minutes this morning. Then, it devoted a whopping nine minutes to Foley's assassination. Now, it's back to Ferguson. I won't keep watching 'cause I'm about ready to rip my television out of the wall and hurl it out the window.
17 weeks ago
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Sadly, ripping the television out of the wall is futile.

But if you really want do that, releasing tension at the utter ridiculousness of our newsworthy targets [no pun intended] then fill the gaping hole with a Turner American landscape painting/reproduction. And, be careful of who might be walking by underneath that inviting open window. Or, maybe get a Salvador Dali abstraction out of Google Images. Appropriate for today politically correct atmospherics.

Remember the lowest common denominator groupings of the TV audience as a whole. Remember that the greatest potential for ad-clicking revenue is where the cameras and program directors perk up their ears/antennas and aim their efforts.

Read something really interesting via Kindle on your laptop. Don't waste your time allotment on TeeVee.
17 weeks ago
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My watching MSNBC this morning was highly unusual. Normally I'd rather crawl across Ebola-infected shards of glass.
17 weeks ago
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