Sunday, September 14, 2014

Barack doesn't feel your pain

To sell the latest phase of continued war on Iraq, US President Barack Obama and the administration have used the deaths of 2 journalists: James Foley and  Steven Sotloff.  The deaths were used to allow hypocritical moralizing by Barack and Secretary of State John Kerry (among others in the administration).

Both men were killed by the Islamic State (Saturday,  British aid activist David Haines, was killed) and the White House used and play to "the inherent vanity of the American press" to  scare Americans (it could be you!) and to whip up a frenzy for more war.

But while (mis)using the deaths, the administration has demonstrated disrespect to the families of Foley and Sotloff.

For example, The Week notes:

American journalist James Foley was beheaded on video by ISIS in Syria after being held captive there for 21 months. Now, Foley's brother Michael says the Obama administration was "actually an impedance" to the Foley family's efforts to rescue James.
"U.S. policy does not allow for government negotiations with terrorist organizations or ransom payments for Americans kidnapped by them," Fox News reports, and Michael Foley said on the Megyn Kelly Show that the State Department "specifically threatened" him about raising ransom money for his brother.

And Devin Dwyer (ABC News) reports:

The White House today disputed claims made by a spokesman for the family of slain American journalist Steven Sotloff that he was sold as a hostage to ISIS by the so-called moderate Syrian opposition, the same forces President Obama is now seeking to fund and arm.
“As it relates to the specifics of this matter, based on the information that has been provided to me, I don’t believe that is accurate,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in response to a question from ABC’s Jonathan Karl.

Barak Barfi, representing the Sotloffs, told CNN on Monday that the family believes ISIS paid up to $50,000 to “moderate rebel” tipsters who flagged when Steven Sotloff crossed the border into Syria.

Josh Earnest, you believe or you know?

Because if you don't know, shut the f**k up.

You didn't lose anyone, you piece of s**t.

So just shut the f**k up.

Reality, Barack failed to protect Americans Foley and Sotloff.

Maybe this was due to incompetence, maybe it was due to a plan to use the two journalists' deaths?

Doesn't matter.

The White House failed.

And as revelations emerge of threats to family members, the last thing the White House spokesperson needs to be doing is attempting to 'correct' the statements of family members when, by his own word choice, he has no idea what happened.

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