While President Obama has been busy grappling with his foreign policy ‘strategy’ against an extreme terrorist group that he’s been briefed on for over a year, another American journalist has been reportedly beheaded by ISIS.
Steven Sotloff, the journalist who also appeared in the James Foley beheading video was brutally executed by what appears to be the same terrorist. The video was posted earlier today and is titled, A second message to America.
A portion of the video without any graphic violence can be seen below…
In the video released today, the masked executioner made a point of saying “Obama, I am back,” both as a reminder of the threat and, according to analysts, to ensure that the world knows he is the same terrorist from the Foley execution.
ISIS has decapitated and otherwise barbarically murdered thousands of others in the course of their campaign to take over cities in the middle east and establish their caliphate.
Sotloff’s executioner taunted Obama:
“I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State. Just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.”
They’re not bluffing either. At the end of the Sotloff video, another prisoner is paraded before the camera. The man has been identified as David Cawthorne Haines, a British citizen.
Earlier today, former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs referred to Obama’s admission that he had no strategy against the terror group, a “wince-able moment.”
At a State Department press briefing, spokesperson Jen Psaki continued to refuse the claim that the ISIS threats could be considered an act of war.
When asked about the beheadings being an act of war, Psaki said “We certainly – I’m not going to put any labels on this.”
She added, “I don’t think it’s a useful exercise to go back and forth on labels of this.”
Melissa Moore live-tweeted the press briefing, and responded to the strategy to parse words as opposed to developing an actual strategy.
Let me get this straight. We will label them the JV team, but we will not label beheading two American citizens as acts of war. Okay, then.
— Melissa Moore (@melissamoore) September 2, 2014
Earlier, the Political Insider covered a letter written to President Obama by the parents of SEAL Team Six member Aaron Carson Vaughn, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011.
In that letter, the parents ask that President Obama resign for his incompetence in handling the overseas terror threat.
And now, we have this recent, heinous event: the beheading of an American citizen by a barbaric organization you foolishly referred to as “the JV team” in your statements to the New Yorker magazine in January.
You, sir, are the JV team. It’s time for you to step down and allow a true leader to restore our honor and protect our sons and daughters.
America has always been exceptional. And she will be again. You, Mr. President, are a bump in our road.
Couldn’t have said it any better.