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August 20, 2014 - 10:14 am

President Obama condemned the beheading of journalist James Foley and ISIS in a strongly worded statement to reporters moments ago, but didn’t offer specifics on how the U.S. would react policy-wise to ISIS killing Americans.

“Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL. Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother, and a friend. He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away,” Obama said from Martha’s Vineyard.

“…Earlier today, I spoke to the Foleys and told them that we are all heartbroken at their loss, and join them in honoring Jim and all that he did.”

He added that “Jim Foley’s life stands in stark contrast to his killers.”

“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 declare their ambition to commit genocide against an ancient people,” Obama said.

“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.”

The president said “people like this ultimately fail.”

“They fail because the future is won by those who build and not destroy, and the world is shaped by people like Jim Foley and the overwhelming majority of humanity who are appalled by those who killed him,” Obama continued. “The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people. We will be vigilant and we will be relentless. When people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done.”

“And we act against ISIL standing alongside others. The people of Iraq who, with our support, are taking the fight to ISIL, must continue coming together to expel these terrorists from their communities. The people of Syria, whose story Jim Foley told, do not deserve to live under the shadow of a tyrant or terrorists. They have our support in their pursuit of a future rooted in dignity.”

He stressed that among “governments and peoples across the Middle East, there has to be a common effort to extract this cancer so that it does not spread. There has to be a clear rejection of these kind of nihilistic ideologies.”

“One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century,” said Obama. “Friends and allies around the world, we share a common security and a common set of values that are rooted in the opposite of what we saw yesterday, and we will continue to confront this hateful terrorism and replace it with a sense of hope and civility.”

“That’s what Jim Foley stood for, a man who lived his work, who courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings and who was liked and loved by friends and family.¬†Today, the American people will all say a prayer for those who loved Jim. All of us feel the ache of his absence. All of us mourn his loss.”

Obama, who did not take questions from reporters, did not mention the specific threat in the beheading video to kill journalist Steve Sotloff if strikes continue. “We keep in our prayers those other Americans who are separated from their families. We will do everything that we can to protect our people and the timeless values that we stand for,” he said. “Maybe God bless and keep Jim’s memory and may God bless the United States of America.”

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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However, the religion they say they speak for....has yet to disavow or disown them.
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"ISIS speaks for no religion". Wake up, Mr. President. They're Muslims waging a jihad. They are killing non-believers in the name of Allah. Lying about it won't make it go away.
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He uses the murder of an American to defend islam.
Fabulous.



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I will accept the example from the openly muslim adherents from ISIL over that of the allegedly non-muslim Obama as to who represents islam. Islam uniquely harnesses the powers of psychopathic killers to advance its cause, all quite in accordance with the behavior of their prophet. How is ISIS, ISIL unislamic exactly?
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If ISIS doesn't speak for a religion, where are the massive street demonstrations from its adherents protesting?

They have no problem turning out if someone draws a picture of their prophet or disrespect of their holy book is rumored, do they?

Where are they? The crickets chirp loudly this time of year.

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there are many branches of islam - and they regularly kill each other. THOSE are the innocents el jeife is referring to. not Christians, not yazidis, not kurds, but muslims that isil doesn't like.
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Hmmm. The (self-proclaimed) Caliphate is on a Jihad, killing all who don't pay them, help them or convert to their views. No, can't be Muslims, they never do that.
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"I Saw a man on the TV
In a mask with a gun
A man on the TV
He had a ten-year old son
I Saw a man on the TV
His son had a gun
He says that he's coming for me"

"Freedom Never Cries", John Ondrasik (Five for Fighting)

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And then, he went golfing.
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"So ISIL speaks for no religion."

BULL$%&@

BULL&#%$

BULL&@^%

DAMMIT! Let me say BULLSH*T just once!
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However, the religion they say they speak for....has yet to disavow or disown them.
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I think we can identify the religion ISIL speaks for if we ask ourselves "What does the I in ISIL stand for? The first one, not the second one."
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"...no faith teaches people to massacre innocents...."

Really? It is the basis of Islam. But don't let that small fact get in the way of giving good teleprompter.
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isil is also killing muslims. (the different branches of islam have been killing each other for centuries) THAT's who he is referring to as "innocent". that is the *only* reason he doesn't completely ignore this group and cheer them on when he thinks no one is looking. they're killing his kind of muslim.
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