Everything has changed after the execution of James Foley by ISIS

posted at 8:01 am on August 20, 2014 by Noah Rothman

The execution of the American journalist James Wright Foley by Islamic State militants and their threat to do the same to another U.S. citizen has changed the West’s approach to the threat posed by this fundamentalist group occupying portions of Iraq and Syria. The tempo of officials in the West has quickened as preparations to address this threat take on a new urgency.

President Barack Obama will return to Washington today to give a statement on the gruesome execution of an American at the hands of an Islamic militant who appears to have been British-born. Obama will be unable to satisfy the concerns of a nervous and wounded nation if he merely reprises his threadbare role as America’s “comforter-in-chief.” The country demands a plan of action aimed at rolling back ISIS from Iraq and a longer-term strategy to suppress the Islamic State threat in Syria.

In the U.K., Prime Minister David Cameron, too, announced his intention to end his vacation early and return to London after pressure mounted on him to recall Parliament for an emergency session aimed at crafting a plan to confront the threat posed by ISIS.

The language Americans are using to describe the ISIS threat has also changed. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a 2016 hopeful who has positioned himself as among the hawkish in the field of GOP presidential aspirants, minced no words in his statement on Foley’s execution.

“Just as Al Qaeda’s initial killings of Americans abroad foretold the carnage they would unleash within our borders, this barbaric beheading of a defenseless hostage is the clearest indication to date that ISIL has declared war on the United States, on the American people, and on freedom loving people everywhere.

“For more than a year, ISIL has been murdering civilians, raping women and young girls and enslaving them, and carrying out a systematic genocide of anyone who does not share their warped and extremist Islamist views. ISIL cannot be reasoned with, they can’t be negotiated with, and their view of the world is irreconcilable with civilized society.

And, on CBS This Morning, Obama’s former acting CIA director Mike Morell warned the public to mark the date as it was the first time ISIS had attacked Americans directly.

“I think what ISIS is trying to do here,” he began, “is intimidate the United States into backing off of the attacks that we’ve done in the last several weeks.”

“And I think our response should be, and our response will be, to not do that,” Morell continued. “In fact, we should pick up the pace here.”

Morell makes a sound point. From all appearances, the Western airstrikes on ISIS positions in Iraq’s north have successfully dislodged the Islamic State from key positions like those they occupied around Mt. Sinjar and the Mosul Dam. An even more energetic operation would likely enjoy further successes.

If the president’s concerns about expanding operations in Iraq were political, that Americans would never be prepared to risk U.S. blood and treasure in Iraq again, he can probably rest easy knowing that he has the support of the public behind his actions. In public opinion polls, bipartisan majorities have expressed support for airstrikes against the medieval ISIS threat. Today, in the wake of this barbarism against an American journalist with threats of more of the same to come, the American people are likely willing to go even further to neutralize this new enemy.


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Yep, I’m sure this can be solved with a good old fashioned hashtag.

Galtian on August 20, 2014 at 11:47 AM

ISIS did this in direct response to getting their arses whupped at Mosul Dam.

The problem for them is that we can airstrike the crap out of them indefinitely, and they only have so many hostages to kill in desperation.

Recognize a sign of weakness when you see it.

everdiso on August 20, 2014 at 11:43 AM

B.S. ISIS told Obama they would be killing Mr. Foley days before the Mosul Dam assault. And Obama simply went on vacation. IDIOT.

bimmcorp on August 20, 2014 at 11:48 AM

trigon on August 20, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Nicely stated…

affenhauer on August 20, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Yes, bimmcorp, they threatened to kill a hostage if the US attacked them, and we attacked them anyways.

Do you think we shouldn’t have attacked? Do you think Foley would be safe right now if we hadn’t?

everdiso on August 20, 2014 at 11:50 AM

I used to be a far right hawk when it came to the USA going to war. No more. We don’t fight to win wars. As a nation we have ADD and our Ritalin is pop culture. We have not fought a war to win since WW2, and we have not won a war since WW2. All we are good for is letting politicians run the war and get our brave men and women killed and maimed for life for absolutely nothing more than a political career or a political power play for one political party to use against the opposition.

I will only support going to war if we fight a fkg. war like it is supposed to be traditionally fought throughout history and that is to wipe out the enemy. Completely destroy the enemy to the point that the citizens will turn against our enemy in their midst who has brought death and destruction to them so that the enemy never has the support of the people it supposedly represents. The only way you do that is by destroying the infrastructure, and not worrying about collateral damage to the point that it hinders completely destroying the enemy. In the Mideast, I see no other way. Who gives a chit if we are hated by barbarians still living in the 1200′s. At least we will be feared. And fear is a damn good deterrent.

they lie on August 20, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Everdisco, the president doesn’t care about Foley, the Marine in a Mex. jail or the two star general. He also doesn’t care about the Christians being slaughtered, and I have never heard him say a word about it either.

garydt on August 20, 2014 at 11:56 AM

I will only support going to war if we fight a fkg. war like it is supposed to be traditionally fought throughout history and that is to wipe out the enemy. Completely destroy the enemy to the point that the citizens will turn against our enemy in their midst who has brought death and destruction to them so that the enemy never has the support of the people it supposedly represents. The only way you do that is by destroying the infrastructure, and not worrying about collateral damage to the point that it hinders completely destroying the enemy. In the Mideast, I see no other way. Who gives a chit if we are hated by barbarians still living in the 1200′s. At least we will be feared. And fear is a damn good deterrent.

they lie on August 20, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Bravo!
I second that motion.

dentarthurdent on August 20, 2014 at 11:57 AM

I doubt this will do anything to change the mind of our petulant, thin-skinned narcissistic sociopath-in-chief – he will still see himself as the smartest person in any room and believe that if he says the ‘war’ is over, it’s over….despite the actions and deprivations of our enemy.

We have, like we did in 1930-40′s, an ideology that has to be defeated beyond just those under arms in the name of that ideology.

Until we can admit that we are at war, total war, with that ideology and it’s 7th C mindset, we’re losing the battle of civilizations.

Obama sees himself having more in common with our enemies in their war on Western Civilization than with us. It doesn’t matter what he says – it’s what he WILL NOT DO that counts.

Athos on August 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM

The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam “or his State”

~bho

esnap on August 20, 2014 at 12:01 PM

I don’t see why anything has changed.
The Muslim terrorists – ALL of them – have always been bloodthirty barbarians – and that has not changed with this particular execution. Foley isn’t the first American to die like this, and he won’t be the last – until we do what they lie said above – same goes for Israel and how they deal with the Paleos.

dentarthurdent on August 20, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Obama Rescue Count: 0

Obama LeftForDead List:
- 90 Yazidis
- Amb Stevens
- James Foley

faraway on August 20, 2014 at 12:01 PM

I think a lot of this has to do with Mid-East perception of the US. They know us primarily through our media and our soldiers acting on ROEs created by people who match the media image. Hence their perception that Americans would be cowed by this horrific act. I suspect that there are many on the left horrified yet also wetting their pants over this and expect to soon see some calls to cave into their demand. Same mentality as the segment of LBGPDQ whatevers who continue to openly support the same Islamists who would, if given a chance, hang them for their sexual choices.

I think that Al Quada leadership, at least as constituted prior to our killing many of them, understood that such image was only representative of certain parts of the US, i.e. the blue staters. Hence their constant actual or attempted attacks in the NE and a few reportedly prevented in LA. I have read it argued that such were targets because of high world profile. But that is usually argued by people living in the blue bubble. I think the choices, at least in part, had to do with a comprehension that attacking Heartland City, USA would elicit a different reaction than attacking NYC. But then that may be my Midwest/Southern bias towards coastal liberals.

Following that hypothesis, I’m not sure their current leadership has the same perspective. They may see Heartland USA cities/suburbs as much softer targets. As a primary attack status I think they would be right. However, as a follow-up I think the anger and outrage and demands for overwhelming military action could prove their destruction.

It is all very frustrating and angering.

deepdiver on August 20, 2014 at 12:01 PM

I hate the media for all it has done to destroy my beloved country.

Therefore, I am not one to think highly of reporters. Not at all.

But I clicked on the National Journal article and it started playing all, at least three, stories of James Foley’s– simultaneously. What an overpowering and shocking testimony to his dedication to journalism. His dedication to giving me the real story of the conflicts in the middle east.

I am crying. I never believed any reporter could do anything to restore my hope in journalism. I owe James Foley a debt of gratitude.

I remember thinking, long ago, before journalists did what they did to Bush, and Obama, and Romney, that journalism was a valiant profession. Before they did the kind of stuff they are doing this very day, in Ferguson, MO. Who are these pretenders to that title that have destroyed my faith in the truth? Make them stop.

I didn’t watch the monsters kill James Foley. I didn’t need to. I am already upset that those monsters exist, and that my government refuses to do anything. That my government helped them get power over the lives of those poor people. I don’t need that image in my brain for eternity.

Of course, I need to remember that this is how we ended up in Iraq… calm, study it out in your mind. Don’t knee jerk… I’m talking to myself. And to all of us.

How can we survive on this planet with such monsters? The ones over there, but the ones in our media and government today, too. And how will we maintain truth, with such corruption running our government?

petunia on August 20, 2014 at 12:04 PM

The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam “or his State”

~bho

esnap on August 20, 2014 at 12:01 PM

This actually has nothing to do with Mohammad. These are monsters. Who even cares about Mohammad. The monsters need to die no matter what religion they pretend to.

What eve corrupt version of religion this is, is not of Allah, or God the Eternal Father.

This is the religion of Satan.

It is they who slander the name of Mohammad with their blood thirsty actions.

petunia on August 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM

So Obama does nothing? That’s his thing!

His simple strategy – give them freebies galore – works in this culture.

The voter will never vote against their petty self interest.

Their attitude, “nothing to see here, move along”. And they will!

rpupton on August 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Read the Book of Revelation, as well as the book “The End of America: The Role of Islam in End Times Prophecy”, by John Price.

Your question will be answered. Frighteningly so.

bimmcorp on August 20, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Attempting to determine the course of future events by poring over the books of Revelations, Isaiah, Daniel, et al borders on fortune-telling, something Christians are expressly forbidden to do.

Jesus said, ‘Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.’ Matthew 6:34

Live your life as if every day is the day He returns. Remember that–over time–nations (and even whole civilizations) come and go. Our souls are that which go on forever. So look to your own soul, your own heart. Strive to be right with God. Have faith, stay in the day, and deal with troubles as they come.

So should we fight these ISIS monsters, these fanatics who crucify children? Of course we should. If we as a nation won’t stand against such men, then what good are we? What are we for?

troyriser_gopftw on August 20, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Left Behind, The Sequel

faraway on August 20, 2014 at 12:16 PM

I second that motion.

dentarthurdent on August 20, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Seconded before it was firsted.

It is they who slander the name of Mohammad with their blood thirsty actions.

petunia on August 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Sorry, but no. Mohammed was one of the bloodiest prophets the world has ever seen. To slander someone is to ruin their good reputation with untruths. Anyone who thinks Mohammed has a good reputation to slander doesn’t know the truth.

GWB on August 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM

everdiso on August 20, 2014 at 11:50 AM

I made a rather lengthy reply to you and for some reason it is in the moderation cue. If it fails to make it through, the gist of it can be found on Allen West’s blog post this morning from his web site. I would encourage all to read it.

bimmcorp on August 20, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Sorry, but no. Mohammed was one of the bloodiest prophets the world has ever seen. To slander someone is to ruin their good reputation with untruths. Anyone who thinks Mohammed has a good reputation to slander doesn’t know the truth.

GWB on August 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM

True.

Kaffa on August 20, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Sorry, but no. Mohammed was one of the bloodiest prophets the world has ever seen. To slander someone is to ruin their good reputation with untruths. Anyone who thinks Mohammed has a good reputation to slander doesn’t know the truth.

GWB on August 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Correct. Mohammed was a pedophile and preached religion at the point of the sword. “Strike off their heads” are Mohammed’s words.

fossten on August 20, 2014 at 12:26 PM

troyriser_gopftw on August 20, 2014 at 12:15 PM

So you would have us ignore Biblical Prophecy? You could not be more incorrect if you tried.

The only thing that was admonished to us by Jesus was to attempt to determine the timing of God’s plan. He never said to not look for the signs of it. In fact, He said the opposite of your claim.

But, please, go your own way, and I will go mine. Is that all right with you?

bimmcorp on August 20, 2014 at 12:29 PM

It is they who slander honor the name of Mohammad with their blood thirsty actions.

petunia on August 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM

FIFY for historical, and Koranic, and Hadithic accuracy.

Mohamamad was ISIS in 622 A.D.

These maniacs are simply his exact clones.

The putative “prophet” was a mass-murdering madman.

Islam is his tenacious Death Cult.

profitsbeard on August 20, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Islam is his tenacious Death Cult.

profitsbeard on August 20, 2014 at 12:35 PM

That would be a great punk metal band name.

GWB on August 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM

So you would have us ignore Biblical Prophecy? You could not be more incorrect if you tried.

bimmcorp on August 20, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Some people become fixated on Revelations, seeing what they want to see in its passages. Others make tons of money writing books and making movies that convince readers that they–and they alone–know what John is specifically referring to or talking about: the when and the where and the why and the how and the who. It’s become a multi-million (billion?) dollar End Of Times industry and that industry is disgusting and damnable. To view that industry with contempt is not ‘ignoring prophecy’.

troyriser_gopftw on August 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Everything has changed after the execution of James Foley by ISIS

Uh, right – Dream on.

Nothing changed after four Americans were slaughter by obama’s muslim cultist pals in Benghazi – an event which team obama had also been forewarned about – Why would anyone think that this murder will change anything?

The constituency of lo-info fools that put this unqualified leftist ideologue into office TWICE couldn’t care less.Their attitude is “Whatever.Co-exist, man -just take care of us”
“Barack’s a cool guy.I see him on TV shows” is the sum total of their awareness.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 20, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Islam is his tenacious Death Cult.

profitsbeard on August 20, 2014 at 12:35 PM

That would be a great punk metal band name.

GWB on August 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Tenacious D might have a problem with that…
Maybe that’s what they intended, but just cut the name short….

dentarthurdent on August 20, 2014 at 12:58 PM

mnjg, you’re lying. Assad has always been fighting ISIS. You only helped ISIS by cheering on the threats against Aasad. Obama’s posturing gave ISIS support.

Don’t try to claim otherwise just because ISIS turned against non-ISIS rebels.

corkie on August 20, 2014 at 11:46 AM

You are an ignorant moron… As I said before ISIS and Assad were both dedicating 99% of their efforts to fight the rebels until just few weeks ago when they started fighting each others in more significant way… So absolutely, ISIS and Assad were defacto allies against the Syrian rebels. Even now both of them are still dedicating most of their efforts to fight the rebels… ISIS few days ago killed 700 rebels from one tribe in Eastern Syria… ISIS and Assad are encircling the rebels in two fronts offensive in Aleppo and its country side… You know nothing about the Syrian war except buzz words and lies you read here and there…

mnjg on August 20, 2014 at 1:01 PM

It is they who slander the name of Mohammad with their blood thirsty actions.

petunia on August 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM

This is so sad. You don’t seem like an especially stupid and/or ignorant person, yet you completely misunderstand who Muhammed was and how he lived his life and how he treated infidels.

It has been nearly 13 years since we watched the World Trade Center burn and collapse, killing thousands of our fellow Americans.

It was done by people doing it in the name of Islam, and yet there are still hundreds of millions of Americans like you who do not know the first damned thing about what Muslims believe and what their Prophet instructed them to do.

You hear a sound byte or two from your leaders of choice praising Islam and declaring it a Religion of Peace, and your brain turns off in the certainty you know all you need to know.

Wake up.

fadetogray on August 20, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Nothing has changed.

Islam is still evil.

The Left is still trying to Death March us into their arms.

Same as it ever was.

Same as it ever was.

HikaruKitsune on August 20, 2014 at 1:03 PM

OK,

So no one likes the draft, so no one wants to be the few the proud who fight, you all want your ice cream, your 9 to 5 computer screen jobs and the ski vacation.

For those who do not want to fight and serve you need to have your wifes taken by the islamic scum and then watch it all on youtube.

Piss ant americans will not defend freedom or America.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 20, 2014 at 1:07 PM

You are now defended by your fake fraud hero Lt. for life John F. Kerry, and he can wave his fake fraud awards and citations in the face of the islmaic terrorist just as they chop his head off too.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 20, 2014 at 1:09 PM

You are now defended by your fake fraud hero Lt. for life John F. Kerry, and he can wave his fake fraud awards and citations in the face of the islmaic terrorist just as they chop his head off too.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 20, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Would it make me a really bad person to say it wouldn’t hurt my feelings much if that were to happen?

dentarthurdent on August 20, 2014 at 1:42 PM

But, I thought our actions over there created terrorists.

That this was all our fault.

Their stupidity is all so transparent.

Bigbullets on August 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM

he can wave his fake fraud awards and citations in the face of the islmaic terrorist

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 20, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Don’t forget the hat!

GWB on August 20, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Where are the American Muslims willing to stand up and condemn this atrocity? Where are the Imans of mosques around the world willing to condemn ISIS and all the Islamo-fascists?

The answer is that either they are afraid, or they agree. My guess is that ‘secular Moslems’ are afraid, while the faithful agree. Islam is fundamentally an ideology of conquest and theocracy. It is incompatible with any concept of religious or personal freedom, incompatible with living in Western democracies, or even with their presence.

It is up to the United States to take the lead in exterminating the radicals who espouse this ideology wherever they threaten to take power.

ISIS is succeeding because of the power vacuum we left by retreating from the Middle East. It is time to resurrect a ‘Coalition of the Willing’.

/Mr Lynn

MrLynn on August 20, 2014 at 2:31 PM

FNC : pentagon considering sending 300 troops in to protect Baghdad.
(600 boots).

pambi on August 20, 2014 at 2:39 PM

mnjg on August 20, 2014 at 1:01 PM

You’re a bold face liar. I know exactly what’s occurred. ISIS and Assad were not working together against the rebels at all. ISIS and Assad have been fighting each other from the beginning. You and Obama helped ISIS by posturing against Assad.

corkie on August 20, 2014 at 2:46 PM

….Start hitting them with napalm…..

Bishop on August 20, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Oh boy, that’s it!

Tard on August 20, 2014 at 4:17 PM

….Start hitting them with napalm…..

Bishop on August 20, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Just watched DVD series on Pacific war in WW2. The napalm and flame throwers were the ticket!

Every last one of these ISIS imbeciles needs to be exterminated like cockroaches. Unconditional surrender like the japs and nazis in WW2. No truces and leave them to regroup.

txdoc on August 20, 2014 at 4:44 PM

I recently attended a training on Terrorist Trends and Tactics presented by the Secret Service. They are very scared of western fighters in Syria and Iraq coming home. And drones.

Rancher on August 20, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Why doesn’t the west attack the ISIS base in Syria? The provocation is fresh, politically defensible, and it would make a military difference right now.

We don’t have to wait for Barky, with his allergy to boots-on-the-ground, since there are other western countries who might step forward and cut the head off this snake.

Based on the Cameron reaction, they must be rueing their appeasement policy of uncontrolled Islamic immigration and infiltration because of all the British jihadis involved. Foley’s blood is on the hands of a politically correct British government, too afraid to defend its own.

It would take just one act of moral clarity by any western government to turn this tide. Most civilized nations would support a swift military reaction and a reversal of official tolerance of hostile immigrants.

virgo on August 20, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Morell lied about Benghazi and that is all I need to know about him.

AshleyTKing on August 20, 2014 at 10:37 PM

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