Ted Cruz: Obama Regime’s Plan To Fight ISIS “Defined By Confusion”

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey answered questions about the Regime’s counter-terrorist effort in Iraq and Syria at a Senate Armed Services hearing Tuesday, spurring Republicans to criticize their inconsistent messaging.

Senator Ted Cruz said the Regime’s plan to combat ISIS is defined by its confusion.”

“We have been told the mission is to destroy ISIS, but the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today testified they plan to conduct an extended campaign of nation-building that will address underlying ‘grievances’ that have destabilized the region. We should have a mission to achieve what is immediately essential: striking ISIS to protect Americans. The lack of focus and determination to achieve that goal is extremely concerning.”

Sen. Cruz continued, “Whatever military action is undertaken in Iraq and Syria, President Obama should seek proper congressional war authorization; it is required by the Constitution. While he has the power to conduct operations as Commander-in-Chief against urgent threats, he does not have the power to unilaterally plan, fund, and execute a mission that could consume many years. President Obama should not rely on old authorizations of military force requested by President Bush to combat al Qaida and Saddam Hussein as license to conduct nebulous operations with the unattainable goal of achieving political reconciliation in the region.”

At the hearing, Sen. Cruz specifically asked Secretary Hagel and General Dempsey what would be required to conduct a 90-day military strategy to destroy ISIS. General Dempsey stated that the military could be used to “confront them, destroy equipment and drive them underground.”  But he went on to say, “Truly there is no military solution to ISIS…it’s got to be part of a broader, whole of government, regional campaign.”

Sen. Cruz disagrees with the assertion there is no military solution to ISIS. In the hearing, Chairman Dempsey said that the military could be used to confront ISIS, destroy their equipment, and drive them underground in the next 90 days. Sen. Cruz believes that is plan that should be vigorously pursued.

Sen. Cruz also asked Secretary Hagel what legal authority President Obama has to conduct an extended campaign without congressional authorization. The secretary replied that the Obama Administration intended to rely on previous war authorizations from President George W. Bush to conduct extended military operations. He said, “The statutory authority is the AUMF of 2001 and if you wanted to add something to that the AUMF of 2003 [sic].”*

*Secretary Hagel was likely referring to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.

Fox News commentator and Weekly Standard columnist Stephen Hayes said that the hearing showed that the military leadership and the White House are “not on the same page” on the threat posed by ISIS.

“This is an administration that still doesn’t understand exactly what it’s doing in this war or sort of war that it is about to prosecute,” Hayes said on “America’s Newsroom” in response to the hearing.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a Senate committee the U.S. is ” at war” with ISIS while Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said he would consider recommending U.S. ground forces if an international coalition proves ineffective.

“You’ve had different accounts from Homeland Security; you had different accounts in leaked reports from other parts of the intelligence community. And yet, you have Chuck Hagel saying that ISIS presents an immense threat,” Hayes said.

You could sum up by saying that Obama is going about this in the most half-assed way possible.


White House Dossier: It’s Only Kinda Gonna Maybe Be Combat:

Poor President Obama. He’s trying so hard not to have a war. War is so George W. Bush. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. He learned all about Republican warmongers in college and, over bong hits with his poli sci professor, discussed how he was so much better than nutjobs like Ronald Reagan who would invade Granada and finance the Contras and so forth.

But now there are these bad guys in Iraq WHO WON’T LISTEN TO REASON and who want to hurt Americans. And the Iraqi army is too pitiful to defeat them. And so Obama had to send over American troops. But, goodness, they’re only going to offer “advice,” like, Hey, you point the barrel of the gun away from you. Stuff like that. But no combat! That’s for people like Bush and Reagan.

Meanwhile, the Regime has decided to put 3,000 boots on the ground…..in Africa ….. to fight the very infectious and deadly disease, Ebola: “I directed my team to make this a national security priority.”

Be very afraid:

  1. Ebola virus was isolated from semen 61 days after onset of illness in a man who was infected in a laboratory. The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms, is 2 to 21 days.

The Watcher’s Council Weasel Of The Week Nominations!!

weasel of the week

Hello and welcome to the Watcher’s Council’s new feature, ‘Weasel Of The Week’ feature, where we award the golden plastic Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be publicly slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations and check back Thursday to see which Weasel gets the votes and walks off with the statuette of shame!

weasel Smarty_2

Here are this weeks’ nominees…


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi !!

The Noisy Room : for her comments on Bill Maher’s show:

“It would be very important for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate,” Pelosi told Maher. “Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the Republicans win the Senate.”;

The only thing that would be ‘endangered’ is Leftist Marxism and their unconstitutional mandates. If anything, civilization would take a much needed step forward with Republicans in full control. At least we would not be charging backwards towards a feudal state quite as fast, or embracing Progressivism quite as hard. Pelosi has not only ethical issues, she has sanity issues.


NFL Commissioner ( at least at the time of writing) Roger Goodell!!

Virginia Right! : for his legendary inconsistency in punishment.

Ray Rice knocks his girlfriend out and initially received a 2 game suspension. Meanwhile, over in Indianapolis, Robert Mathis is prescribed a fertility drug by his doctor in an effort to have a child. Mathis gets a 4 game suspension. If only he had beat his wife instead of loving her enough to have a child.

And now we find out that the elevator video of Rice actually hitting his girlfriend was probably seen – and ignored by Goodell. Until it went viral.


Pop Singer Robin Thicke!

The Colossus of Rhodey : It’s bad enough he’ll never admit he (clearly) ripped off Marvin Gaye and his classic “Got To Give It Up” for his mega-hit “Blurred Lines,” but now he admits he never wrote the song in the first place!


Maxine ‘No Justice No peace’ Waters, Democrat Congresswoman!

The Independent Sentinel : For telling the Council of Pakistan Affairs and Islamic Society of Orange County that Sharia Law is compatible with the U.S. Constitution and for telling them that anyone who disagrees is a bigot.

So much for free speech and the right to dissent.


Former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton!!

Nice Deb : for having the nerve to run for president after her ignominious term as Obama’s Secretary of State.

Never mind the scandals, lies and duplicity that marked her tenure as First Lady during the Clinton years.

Under Obama, she presided over a State Department at a time in which the Middle East descended into chaos, our relationship with our allies weakened, and her “reset” with Russia failed miserably. During her watch, the State Department was awash in scandals from the Benghazi cover-up (with new revelations this week) to rampant sex crimes overseas and the subsequent whistle-blower retaliations that followed.

Her only “accomplishment” – if you can call it that is the fact that she was the most traveled Sec. of State in US history.

Being a Democrat, and thus a weasel, she understands that the MSM will crawl across broken glass to help drag her across the finish line in 2016. So she’s got that going for her and it’s no small thing.

Well, there it is! Are these worthy weasels or what? Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum.

And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted onFriday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it...or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

And don’t forget to share us and like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that, y’know?

Freed Sudanese Mother Mariam Ibraheem: The US Embassy “Refused To Deal With Us”

*Mariam Ibraheem, the Sudanese suffragette who was finally freed last July after being sentenced to death for converting to Christianity,  says that officials at the US Embassy in Sudan initially “refused to deal with” her and told her to go to the UN.

She appeared on the Kelly File with Megyn Kelly, Monday evening to talk about her harrowing and inspiring plight.

“In the beginning, before I went to prison, Daniel and I first went to the US Embassy. The Consul refused to speak to us and hear the details of the problem. She refused to deal with us and told us to go to the UN. However, Ambassador Jerry Lanier stood by me, and his support made a big difference in my life” she stated.

Mariam told Megyn that she always knew God would help her. When asked why she didn’t just say what her Muslim oppressors wanted to hear so she could save her life,  she answered, “if I did that – that would mean that I gave up. And it’s not possible because it’s not true. It’s my right to follow the religion of my choice. I am not the only one suffering from this problem. There are many Mariams in Sudan and throughout the world. It’s not just me. I’m not the only one.”

The woman is a saint.

Via Fox News Insider:

Ibraheem told Megyn Kelly that she trusted in God, saying that her faith was the only weapon she had.

“I knew that God would help me, that God knew I was a victim of injustice,” she said through a translator.

“I put my life at risk for the women of Sudan,” she said, explaining that they are persecuted and treated very harshly.

The Ibraheem family is now living in New Hampshire. Ibraheem said she would like to help women and children in Sudan and Africa, and to promote freedom of religion.

She closed the segment by saying that she still needs prayers. Perhaps for other Christians suffering in Muslim lands – perhaps for her own “unstable situation” – perhaps for her baby who she has said in past interviews was damaged by the circumstances of her difficult birth. Whichever the case. I say we all say a prayer for this remarkable woman.

*I like most everyone else on the internet, have apparently been spelling the heroine’s name incorrectly (Miriam Ibrahim) for the past six months. Monday night was the first time I saw her name spelled Mariam Ibraheem.

Krauthammer: “The Reason It’s A Coalition of the Unwilling Is Because Obama Is Unwilling” (Video)

Charles Krauthammer offered his take on the Regime’s pathetic failure to gather a broad, international coalition - unlike George W. Bush who was able to gather a coalition of 49 nations to provide material military support including troops, intelligence cooperation, material, logistics, ground facilities, and financial assistance” for the Iraq War in 2003.

“The reason it’s a coalition of the unwilling is because Obama is unwilling,” Dr. K said. “And everyone knows it. He telegraphed it in his speech, they all understand he’s ambivalent, They’ve all looked at what he did in Afghanistan and Libya, and they say that if the leader of this coalition is ambivalent and reluctant, why should we join?”

Via NRO:


Twitchy: ‘I wish you’d get this snippy with our enemies': Marie Harf chides Daily Beast correspondent

My latest at The Conversation:

Josh Earnest: ‘The Coalition Is Coming Together Very Nicely’

In his weekly address, Saturday, President Obama once again tried to separate himself from the “previous administration” by telling the American people he would avoid making “the mistakes of the past” and crowing that he is “leading the right way” so “more nations are joining our coalition.”  He said this despite reports his counter-terrorism effort is receiving only tepid support from even our staunchest allies.Sep 14, 2014 3:36 PM PT

Forum: What Was Your Opinion Of President Obama’s Speech On ISIS?


Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question:What Was Your Opinion Of President Obama’s Speech On ISIS?

 Bookworm Room :I analyzed the speech at boring length at my own blog, so I’ll limit myself here to a few observations:

1. It was unnerving to have an American president open a speech by presenting himself as a Muslim Imam, opining about the religion’s ethos. The speech could have functioned perfectly well by focusing on ISIS’s depredations in the region and its violent, provocative acts aimed at America, without any dissertation whatsoever about what is, or is not, Islamic. As it was, IMHO, Obama came dangerously close to violating the 1st Amendment. And yes, I know George Bush waffled on about Islam being a religion of peace, but (a) he never went deeper than that and (b) half of America didn’t suspect him of being Muslim himself.

2. Ever since 2003, people have been pointing fingers at George Bush because of the “Mission Accomplished” banner that troops placed on a ship in the Gulf that he visited after Operation Shock and Awe was successfully completed. Subsequent events proved that, even with 21st century weaponry, you need boots on the ground to end an insurgency, especially against fanatics who practice something that often veers into death cult territory. It was therefore unnerving (yes, same word that I used in paragraph 1) to see our president announce what is essentially a shock and awe approach to dealing with a problem in Iraq. How dumb does he think we are? (Don’t answer that. I know that the people who never stray from the MSM have some intelligence failures.)

3. Did anyone else find it fascinating that Obama was talking about coalitions here and coalitions there, without naming any names? He has no coalitions. To begin with, having watched him in action for five-and-a-half years, no sane leader trusts him. He has no fixed principles and governs by whatever will assuage the base without offending the masses at any given moment. Moreover, the fact (coincidental or not) that his actions in the Middle East invariably worked to the benefit of the Muslim Brotherhood must leave those squaring off against ISIS somewhat dubious about his commitment to eradicate Islam’s most devout practitioners. Turkey and England have already washed their hands of him, and we can confidently expect other nations to follow suit.

4. Two words: United Nations. Anyone who’s putting faith in the UN is either (a) dumb; (b) anti-American; (c) anti-Israel; (d) anti-Semitic; (e) pro every tinpot tyranny and dictatorship; or (f) all of the above.

Robert Avrech, Seraphic Secret  : Watching Obama once again unfurl his doltish skills as a community agitator it is clear that this man is a simulacrum of an American President.

History will note that we are in the midst of World War III.

For this existential battle between Judeo/Christian civilization and the house of Islam, Barack Obama has way too much of not enough.

 JoshuaPundit : Well I analyzed it here, but the short version? Aside from the usual outright lies and chest thumping, it’s obvious that President Obama isn’t interested in anything but trying to rescue his dismal poll numbers . This was a political speech to massage his far left base while hopefully convincing average Americans he’s involved.

Even what passed for ‘strategy’ pretty much evaporated as soon as he started running his mouth. The ‘coalition’ he was yakking it up about has crashed and burned at this point, and his genuinely stupid yakkety-yak about arming the Syrian rebels isn’t going to happen either, thanks to him. Did this clown think ISIS is as clueless as he is, and wasn’t paying attention?

There is one thing I find funny, or would if it wasn’t going to cost so many people their lives.

Obama and his Democrat pals did their very best from day one to sabotage the Iraq war effort, simply because of the politics. Obama even wanted the Authorization to use force in Iraq rescinded, remember?In former SecDef Robert Gates’ memoirs he writes about how angry he was at Reid , Pelosi, Obama, Hillary, Biden and the rest of them playing politics with legislation that actually cost lives in Iraq and AfPak. And how he had to literally bit his lips to keep from screaming once he was Obama’s SecDef and Hillary, Obama, Biden and the rest told him that all of that deliberate sabotage was ‘just politics, hah hah, nothing to be taken seriously.’

The Dems nurtured their whole lefty base  to be rabidly anti-war and especially against war in Iraq.Remember how crazy MoveOn and the rest of them were? Now, their boyfriend is getting us into a half-assed, Vietnam-style war complete with US advisers on the ground just to try and massage the politics.

And they are faced with the dilemma now of either admitting how full of it they were before simply because it was Bush as C-in-C as they now get behind Obama’s new illegal war, or they have to break with the Bamster to hold true to their so-called principles. Most of them will take the first option. And I will censor myself here.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: So tired of these JV cats telegraphing their punches you know? For once maybe let the enemy wonder and worry what the heck may happen instead of helping them plot their defenses.

Love to see, for once, 44 get angry with America’s enemies. The way he may react if Planned Parenthood funds were stolen to indoctrinate border immigrants on the awesomeness of the Tea Party.

The delivery was so so – the message was totally flawed.

It is purely and simply not a terrorist organization any longer. Neither is it the simple manifestation of nihilistic evil 44 makes out.

ISIL has described a very clear vision of seizing control of all of the territory of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories. It intends to abolish all of the borders and redraw them according to a new structure of governance suitable to its hateful version of an old Islamic heresy. That vision also makes it more than a simple terrorist organization.

It’s awfully hard to develop a sound strategy when you start by mis-diagnosing the problem so profoundly. That’s why the “strategy” 44 just announced has no chance of success.

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason : On the eve of 9/11, President Obama began by assuring us that thanks to his leadership America is safer today. After witnessing the brutal beheadings of two American journalists by the group calling itself the Islamic State in the past weeks, and hearing and seeing horrific stories, videos and photos coming out of Iraq and Syria of the mass executions, beheadings, and enslavement of men, women, and children, who among us feels safer today?

President Obama told us that our intelligence community believes thousands of Westerners; Europeans and Americans; have joined ISIL and could very easily return to their home countries to carry out terrorism on our soil. He sought to clarify to us that ISIL is not a religious group, nor is it a state, and that “no religion condones the killing of innocents.” He insists on using the acronym ISIL, not ISIS, which acknowledges their goal of establishing an Islamic State, or caliphate, across a wide area falling across several countries, including Israel, within the Middle East.

He vowed to fight, but that we would not have boots on the ground. He promised a broad coalition of partners would join in this fight against ISIL. He has essentially told ISIS we will not commit the funds or the troops required to annihilate them.

What is telling is what has transpired in the days following his speech. It seems the promised broad coalition of partners have yet to be convinced to join America in this fight. Secretary of State John Kerry is reluctant to use the “W” word. A British humanitarian aid worker was beheaded on Saturday.

It appears we have a JV President fighting a professional league terrorist organization. Wonder who is going to tell them to stop using the words Islamic and State in their name?

The Independent Sentinel : When Democrats lauded Mr. Obama’s speech I wondered if we were listening to the same speech.Mr. Obama lost me at “This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.” How could anyone take him seriously after that?

His alleged strategy was a more attractive presentation of what he has been saying all along except he is allegedly going to bomb from the air in Syria and he is going to do it with no ground forces other than the “moderate” rebels and the Iraqis who made al-Maliki their Vice President. Of course this won’t work.

He talks about a coalition of Sunni states that already exists as if he were forming it.Certainly his comment about us being safer than ever was nonsense.

And if those comments didn’t do it, saying ISIS is not Islamic would have been the clincher.Hello, their name is the Islamic State and they are modeling themselves after the ideals of Wahhabism – exactly – except for the whole King of Saudi Arabia as supreme part.

Obama claimed they are not yet a threat to the United States. He is so confident of that he let 40 ISIS fighters with U.S. passports return to the U.S. Were you aware of that? My Congressman, Tim Bishop, an Obama rubber stamp, said it was the case two days ago. Also interesting was an article in the NY Post. They wrote that the Boston Mosque where the Boston bombers worshiped was once the house of worship for at least five terrorists, one who is connected to ISIS.

ISIS is not a threat to the U.S. at this time according to Mr. Obama. He says this though he has opened our borders – we don’t have borders! Did you know that ICE does not keep records of any of the illegal immigrants coming through? Some illegals could be and probably are terrorists. There are reports that ISIS is in Mexico and we know that terrorists work with the cartels to the south of us. ISIS tweeted that they know our borders are open and the time is now to go through them. They certainly have the money to do it and, contrary to what Mr. Obama would have us believe, the aren’t coming from a faraway planet on another galaxy. They can get here.

Mr. Obama is going to get people killed.

The fact that Mr. Obama rarely, if ever, tells the truth is the nail in the coffin for that speech for me.
He chose the occasion to go into a political statement about how he saved the economy. More proof he is not serious.He even told ISIS we won’t put troops on the ground so they wouldn’t worry.

There is nothing to do but pray until people come to their senses and vote these leaders out. They can’t protect us. They can’t even call the threats by name.What ever happened to his policy of “Don’t do stupid sh…”?

The Razor : Anything this president says is a waste of breath. We’re long past the time when his words matter in the least. He needs to stop talking and start doing. Or better yet – resign

Well, there you have it.

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. You also won’t want to miss our newWeasel Of The Week feature, where we award the golden plastic Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be publicly slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. .Tune in Tuesday for the Weasel of the Week  nominations and check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

What you get is  a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it...or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that, y’know?

Bombshell: Former Clinton State Dept. Official Describes Benghazi Cover-Up Operation

If you thought there were no more Benghazi bombshells left to drop – think again.

Writing now at the Daily Signal, former CBS investigative Sharyl Attkisson reports that a top former State Department official is alleging that while the September 11, 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack was being investigated, senior aides were part of a secret operation to sift through and remove documents that were damaging to her highness – Sec. of State Hillary Clinton – before they could be turned over to the Accountability Review Board.

The Accountability Review Board was the internal State Department probe that was derided as a “whitewash” by Republicans on the Oversight and Reform committee for completely omitting Clinton and Obama from the investigation.

According to former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, the after-hours session took place over a weekend in a basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. This is the first time Maxwell has publicly come forward with the story.

At the time, Maxwell was a leader in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), which was charged with collecting emails and documents relevant to the Benghazi probe . . .

When he arrived, Maxwell says he observed boxes and stacks of documents. He says a State Department office director, whom Maxwell described as close to Clinton’s top advisers, was there. Though the office director technically worked for him, Maxwell says he wasn’t consulted about her weekend assignment.

“She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,’” says Maxwell. He says “seventh floor” was State Department shorthand for then-Secretary of State Clinton and her principal advisors.

“I asked her, ‘But isn’t that unethical?’ She responded, ‘Ray, those are our orders.’ ”

A few minutes after he arrived, Maxwell says in walked two high-ranking State Department officials.

Yes, House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah have been made aware of this incriminating information. The first hearing of the House Select Committee on Benghazi will be held this week.


Twitchy: Cover-up unraveling? Brit Hume sees ‘big deal’ in Sharyl Attkisson’s Benghazi ‘bombshell’


Gateway Pundit: Rand Paul on Hillary’s Iowa Trip: I’d Like to See Her Back in DC Testifying on Benghazi (Video)

I’d like to see her back in Washington testifying about her role in the Benghazi tragedy. Frankly, there’s still a lot of questions. I asked herpoint blank when she came last time what were they doing in the CIA annex and did it have anything to do with the attacks. And, she acted as if she knew nothing about it. But, it’s funny now reports have been coming out for about a year, saying she was the biggest and most eager to get arms out of Libya to send them into Syria. So, there’s still a lot of questions we’ve got for her if she decides to come back here.”

I know that the Clinton machine has had two years to come up with a strategy to deal with the Benghazi scandal, and even with the MSM pulling in her favor, I still don’t know how she weasels out of this. Of course, history tells us, when the Democrat media complex and their chosen candidate have all their ducks in a row – they will mow down everything in their path – first and foremost, the truth.

Hat tip: White House Dossier

Linked by Maggie’s Farm, thanks!

Obama Administration Denies Threatening Journalists’ Families With Prosecution,

Last week, members of slain journalist James Foley’s family went to the media to complain about the shabby way they were treated while he was being held by ISIS. Foley’s younger brother Michael told Megyn Kelly that they were  “appalled by the situation.”

It went past not doing everything they could – they were actually an impedance. They got in our way. And that’s what really bothers me to the core. “

 Foley claimed  he was “specifically threatened” by the State Department about raising funds to meet the ransom demands for his brother. He added, “we were smart enough to look past it but we lost a lot of time trying to regroup…”

In an appearance on CNN, their mother  Diane Foley, expressed her “deep disappointment” towards the Obama administration, saying, ‘I really feel our country let Jim down.’

Articulate and thoughtful throughout her interview, Mrs. Foley made the startling claim that US officials threatened her family with prosecution if they tried to raise a ransom for Foley, 40, and said ‘Jim was sacrificed because of a lack of communication and prioritization.’

Specifically, she alleged that an unnamed military member of the White House’s NSC staff threatened the family with prosecution, and told them not to speak to the media.

Still grieving, Diane Foley also said US officials told her they would not exchange prisoners or carry out any military action to try and rescue her son.

At times withering in her assessment of the Obama administration’s co-ordination with her family, Mrs. Foley poured scorn on the Pentagon’s claim they tried to rescue Foley on July 4, only to raid the wrong base.

Speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Mrs. Foley said her family knew where James Foley was being held on two separate occasions in Syria, and that each time he was there for months following his capture on Thanksgiving, 2012.

The parents of murdered journalist Steven Sotloff claim they were similarly threatened by Obama officials.

They “were told by a White House counterterrorism official at a meeting last May that they could face criminal prosecution if they paid ransom to try to free their son, a spokesman for the family told Yahoo News Friday night.”

“The family felt completely and utterly helpless when they heard this,” said Barak Barfi, a friend of Sotloff who is serving as a spokesman for his family. “The Sotloffs felt there was nothing they could do to get Steve out.”

Bryan Cunningham, a former National Security Council official said, “threatening someone with a criminal prosecution when they are trying to save their child, is not only in my opinion, reprehensible – it’s counter-productive.”

Now the Obama administration is in full spin mode to mitigate the very bad publicity they’re getting for using their usual ham-fisted Chicago-style methods on the bereaved parents of sons being held by sadistic ISIS mutants.

The State Department flatly denied accusations that the families were threatened with prosecution if they paid the ransom ISIS requested to secure their loved ones’ freedom.

Via Breitbart National Security:

DW.de reports that Secretary of State John Kerry was “really taken aback” by Diane’s statements. Kerry said he was “totally unaware and would not condone” threatening statements towards the Foley family from anyone in the State Department.

Kerry’s spokeswoman Marie Harf said the State Department tried “to help the family understand what our laws are about” as regards “paying ransom to terrorists.” She added: “This department would never, and did not ever intend to, nor do we think we ever did anything that we would consider threatening.”

On September 12, White House spokesman Josh Earnest responded by saying the administration had stayed “in regular touch with the Foley family” throughout the crisis leading up to James’ beheading. According to AFP, Earnest said President Obama had availed himself of “every tool at [his] disposal” to secure Foley’s freedom.

He said questions “about whether the Foleys would have been prosecuted had they attempted to pay a ransom” should be directed to the Justice Department.

The White House is pushing back with the same talking points, via the Inquisitor – “We just made them aware of the law…”

The White House is pushing back against allegations that a member of the National Security Council (NSC) threatened the families of journalists imprisoned by ISIS with prosecution if they paid a ransom for their loved ones.

 According to the Detroit Free Press, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough denied the claims, saying that government officials didn’t threaten the families of captured journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. Instead, McDonough asserts that the journalists’ relatives were made aware of the law regarding support for militant groups


  • Blog Stats

    • 4,641,673 hits
  • free counters
  • Is your cat plotting to kill you?
  • Follow

    Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

    Join 529 other followers

    %d bloggers like this: