5:09 PM, Sep 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The mother of James Foley, one of the American journalists beheaded by ISIS, talks to CNN's Anderson Cooper about the handling of her son's capture. Here's a clip from CNN (courtesy of Anderson Cooper 360°):
And here's a partial transcript (as released by CNN):
DIANE FOLEY: as an American I was embarrassed and appalled… I think our efforts to get Jim freed were an annoyance you know…
ANDERSON: an annoyance to the government?
DIANE FOLEY: Yes and it wasn’t -- didn’t seem to be in our strategic interest if you will… I was appalled as an American. Jim would have been saddened - Jim believed til the end that his country would come to their aid
DIANE FOLEY: We were, you know asked to not go to the media - to just trust that it would be taken care of. um we were told that we could not raise ransom, that it was illegal, we might be prosecuted um
ANDERSON: you were told you would actually be prosecuted?
DIANE FOLEY: Yes that that was a real possibility, told that many times. We were told that our government would not exchange prisoners umm would not do a military action um… so we were just told to trust that um he would be, be freed somehow miraculously and he wasn’t was he? And we're dealing with very difficult people when we talk about ISIS. Their hate for us is great and yet some of our response to them has only increased the hate. So I feel there’s a need for debate, discussion. I, I pray that our government will be willing to learn from the mistakes that were made and to acknowledge that there are better ways for American citizens to be treated.
5:01 PM, Sep 2, 2014 • By THOMAS DONNELLY
Say what you will about Barack Obama, but his approach to the Middle East has been ruthlessly consistent. He was elected on the promise to end America’s involvement in the post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He didn’t fulfill those promises as rapidly as his supporters wished – he preferred what his advisers thought would be a “responsible” retreat rather than a full-fledged bug-out, and in Afghanistan masked his withdrawal timetable behind a tempo
3:08 PM, Aug 25, 2014 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Earlier today, the news broke that Peter Theo Curtis, an American who had been held hostage in Syria since 2012, has been released by his captors. Coming just days after another American hostage, James Foley, was brutally beheaded by the Islamic State, Curtis’s freedom brings a sense of relief.
8:01 AM, Aug 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Sunday, the boss joined George Stephanopolous, David Plouffe, Peggy Noonan, and Donna Edwards on ABC's This Week to talk about Iraq, Ferguson, Rick Perry's indictment, and a potential 2016 run from former Democratic senator Jim Webb. Stephanopolous referred to a recent WEEKLY STANDARD blog post on President Barack Obama's response to ISIS's brutal murder of American James Foley, titled "Appalling."
3:24 PM, Aug 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is publicly criticizing President Obama's response to the beheading of American journalist James Foley by the terror group ISIS.
Jindal explains "the crux of the matter." The U.S. has "a president who is disturbingly naïve and holds a dangerous utopian view of the world and the dangers therein."
5:02 PM, Aug 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden told a reporter today that the beheading of American journalist James Foley by the ISIS will not alter the approach to the terror group. An "AP reporter asked if Foley's beheading changed the U.S. approach to ISIS," the White House pool report reads. "Biden said no, but it shines a spotlight on the horrors going on in that part of the world."
On ISIS, Biden also said:
4:42 PM, Aug 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Thomas Joscelyn, talking about the beheading of James Foley, earlier today on the Wall Street Journal Live:
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:45 PM, Aug 20, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on President Obama's comments on the horrific killing of American journalist James Foley by Islamic terror group ISIS.
2:45 PM, Aug 20, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The president is appalled. Indeed he said this afternoon that "the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL." The act of violence that killed Jim Foley, the president continued, "shocks the conscience of the entire world."
12:26 PM, Aug 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a few minutes, President Obama will address the nation about the beheading of an American by the terrorist group ISIS. But before facing the cameras, Obama sent out a fundraising appeal.
"Nothing has ever been more important than fighting for folks like you. You are my priority," writes Obama.
"And right now, a focus of that fight has to be getting people who really care about making things better for you elected. The upcoming elections could determine whether or not we have a Congress who will work with me to help you.
11:54 AM, Aug 20, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Here are the two best responses I've seen so far to the latest barbarism from ISIS.
My friend Seth Leibsohn, now a talk radio host in Phoenix, emails with a short-term suggestion:
Terror group singles out Stephen Sotloff.7:27 PM, Aug 19, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
The Islamic State’s official media arm, Furqan Media, has just released a video showing the beheading of American photojournalist James Wright Foley. The terrorist organization claims that the murder of an American citizen who went missing in Syria in 2012 comes as a warning to the White House to end its “intervention” in Iraq. If not, the video claims, ISIS will kill another U.S. journalist, Stephen Joel Sotloff.
7:14 PM, Aug 19, 2014 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot, has released a grisly video of one of its fighters beheading a man who appears to be James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped in Syria on Thanksgiving Day 2012. The images from the video are horrifying, as they are intended to be.
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