James Foley’s Brother: I Was “Specifically Threatened” By State Department RE Raising Private Funds To Rescue Him

On the Kelly File, last night, Michael Foley, the brother of slain journalist James Foley, told host Megyn Kelly his  family is “appalled” by the Regime’s actions (or lack thereof) in regards to James Foley’s capture and subsequent beheading by ISIS.

After Kelly reminded him of the president’s words, *”no Americans unjustly detained should be left behind,” and asked him if he felt that the administration had done everything it could to get his brother back, Foley responded, “no, no – we’re 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…”

As Kelly noted, it’s one thing to have an official policy of not negotiating with terrorists, (as has been US policy forever) but barring families from doing so privately seems to be something new.

And as she also noted early in the clip, the Regime negotiated with terrorists in the case of Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl – trading him for five Taliban commanders.

As usual, there is unequal treatment under the Regime’s law and the only consistency seems to be that they always choose to do the worst thing. It’s madness, and there doesn’t appear to be a method to it.

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The Daily Mail: ‘As an American I’m embarrassed and appalled’: James Foley’s mother hits out at Obama’s efforts to rescue her son and claims she was threatened with PROSECUTION if family paid ransom:

  • Diane Foley says she was disappointed by the handling of her son’s case in CNN interview
  • Mother of executed journalist slams Obama administration for their attitude
  • Claims family felt they were an ‘annoyance’ to US officials
  • FBI came to her family for information on the whereabouts of Foley 
  • Threatened with prosecution if they attempted to raise a ransom 
  • Secret mission to rescue James Foley failed over July 4 weekend 
  • James Foley’s beheading was posted online last month by ISIS militants

The mother of James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by ISIS, spoke tonight of her deep disappointment felt towards the Obama administration for their handling of his time as a prisoner of the terror group, saying, ‘I really feel our country let Jim down.’

On the 13th anniversary of 9/11 and the day after President Obama addressed the nation and finally offered a strategy to defeat ISIS, Diane Foley told CNN that ‘as an American’, she was ’embarrassed and appalled’ at the efforts to rescue her son from captivity.

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.’

And in a thinly veiled attack on Obama’s new strategy to ‘degrade and destroy’ ISIS she said that meeting violence with more violence may not be the answer and said, ‘bombing caused Jim’s death.’

‘Jim was killed in the most horrific way. He was sacrificed because of just a lack of coordination, lack of communication, lack of prioritization,’ said Diane Foley. ‘As a family, we had to find our way through this on our own.’

The Independent Sentinel: Obama’s Most Unforgiveable Lie: Obama Lied About Working With Families of Americans Slaughtered by ISIS

Mr. Obama said that he kept the Foley and Sotloff families regularly informed. It was an unforgivable lie, unless you choose to not believe the families of both Americans beheaded by ISIS. Not only did the administration not help the families, they kept the families from taking actions aimed at saving their family members, James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

Obama not only didn’t work with the families, he worked against them. The families are now committed to not letting that happen again as ISIS plans the beheading of a British journalist or an American aid worker.

Politico reported that Steven Sotloff, the 30-year old American journalist who was recently beheaded by ISIS, was sold to ISIS for between $25,000 to $50,000, [ it seems like a sum that the family could have come raised]. He was sold by the “so-called moderate rebels, that people want our administration to support,” according to a spokesperson for the Sotloff family.

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*Note how Obama carefully parsed his words, “No Americans unjustly detained should be left behind.” Now you know how the Regime views the detainment of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who has been languishing in a Mexican jail since April for taking a wrong turn.

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The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” – Sir Winston Churchill

“There is no substitute for victory….It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.” – General Douglas MacArthur

“Sons of Islam everywhere, the jihad is a duty – to establish the rule of Allah on earth and to liberate your countries and yourselves from America’s domination and its Zionist allies, it is your battle – either victory or martyrdom.” – Ahmed Yassin, AKA The Blind Sheik

“We do not worship Iran, we worship Allah. For patriotism is another name for paganism. I say let this land [Iran] burn. I say let this land go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant in the rest of the world.” – Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini

“My aim then was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.” – General William Tecumseh Sherman

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A lot has been said about The Islamic State, not least by our president who laid out last night what he considers a strategy…although of course, as our Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN, we’re not, you know, actually at war. The day before, I finished a piece I’d been working on for a while at atJoshuapundit, Defeating The Islamic State that puts forth the proposition that we are very much at war and have been for some time as our leaders continue to deny it – and how to go about winning it.

Here’s a slice:

President Obama has revealed – surprise! – that he has no strategy for even combating, let alone defeating Islamic State. His excuse is that he’s ordered his military advisers to give him “a range of options,” which is another confession of how inept this president is.

He’s known about Islamic State (formerly ISIS) for a long time now now, and even had a significant part in Islamic State’s growth, arming and training them with the assistance of Turkey and Qatar.The mess with Islamic State is very much of Barack Obama’s making. And let’s not forget that his illegal intervention in Libya to save the jihadis and al-Qaeda militias in Benghazi, that allowed all of Khaddaffi’s arsenal fall into jihadi hands and created a failed state now known as ‘jihadi central’ where groups like Islamic State’s allies al Nusrah, al-Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM) and others now have a base to arm and train.

Yet, after all that, this president never bothered to have our military put together a contingency plan to deal with any possible blowback, and is just now consulting with the military and ‘waiting for options!’

In the president’s actual statement, he of course substituted ‘we’ rather then ‘he’, because as you know,nothing is ever his fault.I actually know children who are more responsible when they’re confronted by an error.

But  the problem of defeating Islamic State is not as simple as it seems. The president’s dysfunctional buffoonery aside, there are a lot of considerations here that need to be looked at.

The first part of making any decision is actually having definable foreign policy goals, something this president seems to lack except for his fetish for empowering and protecting Islamists.

So job one, the way I see it, is to formulate such goals. I think eliminating imminent security risks to America is a good one. And if that’s the goal, simply bombing the hummus out of Islamic State, something I’ve heard a lot of people push for, won’t do it. The reverse in fact.

It has apparently never occurred to them that odious as Islamic State is, they are a counterbalance to an almost equally odious Iranian regime. Taking out Islamic State only helps Iran and the likes of Hezbollah consolidate their goal of a nuclear armed Shi’ite bloc.

That, by the way, is one of the main reasons why taking out Saddam Hussein was such a dumb idea, and why old hands like Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld tried to talk George W. Bush out of it.

Iran has been gulling the West on their rogue nuclear weapons program for almost a decade now, and here has been no progress in terms of diplomacy in getting them to stop, while the centrifuges keep spinning. Nor will there be. Iran is the key to this situation, and a much more serious threat than Islamic State.

So, how to accomplish the goal of eliminating these security threats to America?

The first thing, of course, is to be honest at long last and finally let the peoples of the West know what we’re fighting. Call it Islamism, Islamic fascism, Radical Islam, jihad, whatever you will. But identifying it without tiptoeing around it and letting the peoples of the West know what’s at stake is key. We are fighting an ideology. And it’s an ideology that has to be shamed, demonized and ridiculed, especially in the West, with no false notions about political correctness. Propaganda works both ways:

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The West need to understand what characterizes jihad, and that while Islamic State is a Sunni organization, the same applies to Iran, the other, Shi’ite side of the same coin. We are not dealing with rational actors as we understand the term, and we need to understand the dedication and fanaticism of our enemies, just as we did in WWII. And we need to also understand that this needs to be a war, not an ‘operation’  or a few desultory airstrikes. This video, from Islamic State about the taking of Mosul and surrounding areas is valuable in achieving that perspective:

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Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Victor Davis Hanson with Obama’s Untruth, Inc.submitted by Joshuapundit, a classic recounting and cataloging of the many lies this president has told the American people…and quite possibly, himself as well.

Here are this week’s full results. The Colossus of Rhodey, Ask Marion, Simply Jews and Rhymes with Right were unable to vote this week. None were affected by the mandatory 2/3 vote penalty:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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