Syrian coalition: U.S. to blame for James Foley’s death because Obama ignored his own red lines

posted at 2:01 pm on August 24, 2014 by Noah Rothman

The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces is not much on using a soft touch when it comes to diplomatically sensitive matters. At least, that is the impression one gets from reading the latest statement it issued regarding the death of U.S. journalist James Foley. In that statement, a Syrian opposition leader laid the blame for Foley’s death squarely on the shoulders of President Barack Obama. He implied that his administration’s dithering and backtracking in response to the Syrian civil war is to blame for the current circumstances in the Middle East.

“Mohammed Qaddah, vice president of the Syrian Coalition, said that the terrorist attack on the United States did not begin with the murder of journalist James Foley, as was stated by deputy national security advisor to the White House Ben Rhodes,” the statement began.

Qaddah put the blame on Washington. “Rather, the terrorist attack against not only the United States but against all humanity began with the Assad regime’s murder of the Syrian people amid an unprecedented silence by the international community,” he said.

The United States bears much of the responsibility for this horrible crime when it did not react to the Assad regime’s repeated crossing of the red lines it had drawn and warned against crossing. Therefore it is now imperative for of us to realize that the silence towards the wholesale killings and state terrorism committed anywhere in the world which has produced ISIS and other extremist groups is a real indicator of the expansion of extremism not only to the rest of the region but the entire world. From the very beginning we have many times warned the international community that Assad seeks to carry out its threat and set the region ablaze in case popular uprising against his rule.

The statement goes on to note the many times in which the world was warned that growing instability in Syria would lead to regional violence. The Syrian opposition did, however, express great grief for the United States over Foley’s murder.

“James Foley was also one of our sons, and our grief over his murder was not less than that of the United States,” the statement read. “This horrendous crime is a terrorist attack not only on the Unites States, but also on Syria, the whole region and humanity in general.”

At a time when it seems like Obama will be forced to finally undertake military action inside Syria, although with muddled objectives and conditions on the ground far less favorable than they were a year ago, it seems imprudent of the Syrian Coalition to be antagonizing the president. That being said, if I were engaged in a more than three-year-old civil war characterized by the use of weapons of mass destruction in which nearly 200,000 had died and is only now going to be subject to foreign intervention after an American journalist was gruesomely beheaded, I would be understandably churlish, too.


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..actually, I would have to agree with them.

The War Planner on August 24, 2014 at 2:03 PM

They do have a point.

formwiz on August 24, 2014 at 2:05 PM

..actually, I would have to agree with them.

The War Planner on August 24, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Amazing, isn’t it?

VegasRick on August 24, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Wa wa Obama didn’t come and help us take over Syria so we could moderately cut more heads off and hunt down Christians in Damascus. Obama so mean.

These Syrians coalition guys are the first the pledge alliance to IS when they are defeated and turn their American weapons over to the crazies in their fight. Not getting into Syria is the best decision we ever made. The only way we could have garaunteed that those moderate were not going to turn Libya on us was American soldiers to be on the ground and policing their crazy butts. And that ain’t an option.

So they are mad, get in line. I hope they brought their Quran for reading while waiting for someone to give a sh!t.

coolrepublica on August 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I’ve read that the attempt to rescue Foley was unsuccesssful because Obama wouldn’t give a “Go” order while the info on Foley’s location was fresh. He dithered and hesitated for several months after they received the intelligence. When they finally got permission, Foley had been moved again.

butch on August 24, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Didn’t Obama clear this up before?

I distinctly remember him saying “I never mentioned any red line”.

He wouldn’t lie to the American folks would he?

fogw on August 24, 2014 at 2:12 PM

At a time when it seems like Obama will be forced to finally undertake military action inside Syria, although with muddled objectives and conditions on the ground far less favorable than they were a year ago, it seems imprudent of the Syrian Coalition to be antagonizing the president. 

Really? Stupid, naive beyond belif. Then I scrolled back up to see who opined and it was Noah. But of course. What is happening to HA? Send this idiot back from whence he came.

AH_C on August 24, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Amazing, isn’t it?

VegasRick on August 24, 2014 at 2:05 PM

..I am stupefied that after 6 years, it’s to the point where we side with Mooze-lems and Putin over the Nutless Wonder POTUS.

The War Planner on August 24, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Don’t confuse the United States of America with Dear Liar. He may have been born here, but he isn’t an American.

rbj on August 24, 2014 at 2:13 PM

coolrepublica on August 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM

That isn’t close to being accurate.

butch on August 24, 2014 at 2:13 PM

I’ve read that the attempt to rescue Foley was unsuccesssful because Obama wouldn’t give a “Go” order while the info on Foley’s location was fresh. He dithered and hesitated for several months after they received the intelligence. When they finally got permission, Foley had been moved again.

butch on August 24, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Doesn’t seem unlikely. Do you have a link to the source?

DarkCurrent on August 24, 2014 at 2:19 PM

coolrepublica on August 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Hilarious!

You meant that to be humorous, right? Tell us the joke about the Red Line.

HotAirian on August 24, 2014 at 2:19 PM

I suggest that we fight Islam here too.

Via Breitbart:

Local Winooski, Vermont restaurant Sneakers Bistro has removed a sign that read, “Yield Sneakers Bacon” citing opposition from a Muslim community member and safety concerns.

The sign was put up as part of a city program that allows businesses to post an advertisement in an area where they have helped maintain city flowerbeds. The sign that read “Yield Sneakers Bacon” was removed after a woman, identifying herself as a Muslim, posted in an online community forum, stating she was personally offended by the sign, according to a WPTZ News report. WPTZ wrote that the woman who complained online called the sign “insensitive to those who do not consume pork.”

Saturday morning the restaurant posted to Facebook, “We are here to serve people BREAKFAST, not politics. We removed the sign that was located on public property as a gesture of respect for our diverse community. There were also concerns raised about safety(emphasis added). Removing it was not a difficult decision. We still love bacon. We still love eggs. Please have the political conversation elsewhere.”

Restaurant owners told WPTZ that they attempted to contact the woman who posted the comment and proactively took the sign down.

A restaurant representative was not immediately available for comment.

Akzed on August 24, 2014 at 2:20 PM

That isn’t close to being accurate.

butch on August 24, 2014 at 2:13 PM

It isn’t close to being coherent either.

Judge_Dredd on August 24, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Stupid, naive beyond belif. Then I scrolled back up to see who opined and it was Noah. But of course. What is happening to HA? Send this idiot back from whence he came.

AH_C on August 24, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Even Erika was better. At least she knew something about the topic she wrote about most often.

DarkCurrent on August 24, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Local Winooski, Vermont restaurant Sneakers Bistro has removed a sign that read, “Yield Sneakers Bacon” citing opposition from a Muslim community member and safety concerns.

Safety concerns? Because what, you don’t want to be stabbed by a Muslim in your restaurant? I’m not certain but I think that concern is racist.

Akzed on August 24, 2014 at 2:23 PM

I hate to admit it, but they have a point.

A direct causal link can be established between Obama’s dithering weakness – in Syria and many other places – and the current situation with the rising new and virulent strain of jihadism.

If Obama had even the vaguest idea of what he was doing, there would be no ISIS. I don’t think that’s even a particularly debatable point.

Obama is weak. His weakness created a power vacuum. Such a vacuum will always be filled by those looking for opportunities to exploit.

Professor Blather on August 24, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Akzed on August 24, 2014 at 2:20 PM

If I lived close to that Bistro I’d leave a couple of bacon strips stuffed into the seat cushion for the next whiney Muslim’s dining pleasure.

fogw on August 24, 2014 at 2:27 PM

coolrepublica on August 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM

That isn’t close to being accurate.

butch on August 24, 2014 at 2:13 PM

What are the names of those groups who have been pledging allegiance to IS as the move in Eastern Syria?

When the protests started in Syria what groups were at the forefront? The Muslim brotherhood has been trying to turn Syria into an Islamic state since the 80s and back then Assad sr put them down in a violent crackdown as well. This time the old Islamists and new groups like al-Qaeda and IS got in the game. They got help from turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia in their quest to get rid of Assad to weaken iran until they went rogue. Now they are orphans.

These guys were not looking for democracy.

But that this my version of history. Please tell me your version in which I am sure they were going to coexist with the Christians and they Assyrians and live happily ever after.

coolrepublica on August 24, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Welp

forest on August 24, 2014 at 2:34 PM

I think we should fight Islam here too.

A Council on American-Islamic Relations leader told a crowd at a rally for Islam that members of the faith should not be bound by American law.

“If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land,” said Mustafa Carroll, executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth CAIR branch.

Akzed on August 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM

I almost feel bad for obama with the ridiculous corner he has painted himself into. Because he really cannot do the right thing now without admitting he was in such a state of gross misjudgment in the early support of the Syrian rebels and selling Big Wolf tickets about Assad and chemical weapons.

Well, I would “almost” feel bad I guess if so many people were not dead and suffering because of his imbecilic mismanagement of foreign affairs.

Red lines, red faces, red blood.

hawkdriver on August 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM

It seems more and more likely with each passing day that Obama really will unite the whole world, in perfect unanimous recognition of his disastrous idiocy.

abobo on August 24, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Geez dude, get with the program. It’s Bush’s fault.

307wolverine on August 24, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Welp

forest on August 24, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Rut Roh…. This is NOT good news.

Key West Reader on August 24, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Are these the same guys who released Peter Curtis today?

kcewa on August 24, 2014 at 2:45 PM

I almost feel bad for obama with the ridiculous corner he has painted himself into. Because he really cannot do the right thing now without admitting he was in such a state of gross misjudgment in the early support of the Syrian rebels and selling Big Wolf tickets about Assad and chemical weapons.

Well, I would “almost” feel bad I guess if so many people were not dead and suffering because of his imbecilic mismanagement of foreign affairs.

Red lines, red faces, red blood.

hawkdriver on August 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM

200,000 human beings have been killed while Obama twiddled his thumbs and twadled around with his golf club and juice box.

Key West Reader on August 24, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Welp

forest on August 24, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Rut Roh…. This is NOT good news.

Key West Reader on August 24, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Just another clean target for us to bomb. No civilians in the way on an air force base.

kcewa on August 24, 2014 at 2:47 PM

it seems imprudent of the Syrian Coalition to be antagonizing the president.

Even though FDR could have cared less about the Jews in the camps of Germany, he liberated them anyway, as a side effect of the war Germany declared against us.

So it will be with Mr. Obama. He will, as a side effect of destroying ISIS, aid the other rebels.

What the rebels have told us are uncomfortable truths, but they are truths nonetheless.

unclesmrgol on August 24, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Red lines, red faces, red blood.

hawkdriver on August 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Sure, but Redskins………………is a problem…….

VegasRick on August 24, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Obama doing his best Steve Urkel impression:
“Whatcha’ talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”

albill on August 24, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Obama doing his best Steve Urkel impression:
“Whatcha’ talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”

albill on August 24, 2014 at 2:54 PM

I think you got the wrong dork, but I get your point.

VegasRick on August 24, 2014 at 2:55 PM

not as cut and dried as they make it out to be but they surely do bring up a valid point.
one thing thats bugged me through all this IS stuff is how a group with (supposedly) no state backing is now in control of (for all intents and purposes) so much of the states there.
at the same time putin is making progress on the ingress to ukraine while we are looking at isis.

not saying this is true but that would be an excellent kgb/gru sleight of hand trick…

cannot help but think this is all connected somehow, I just don’t know how.

dmacleo on August 24, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Wa wa Obama didn’t come and help us take over Syria so we could moderately cut more heads off and hunt down Christians in Damascus. Obama so mean.

These Syrians coalition guys are the first the pledge alliance to IS when they are defeated and turn their American weapons over to the crazies in their fight. Not getting into Syria is the best decision we ever made. The only way we could have garaunteed that those moderate were not going to turn Libya on us was American soldiers to be on the ground and policing their crazy butts. And that ain’t an option.

So they are mad, get in line. I hope they brought their Quran for reading while waiting for someone to give a sh!t.

coolrepublica on August 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I hope Assad kills them all.

VorDaj on August 24, 2014 at 2:57 PM

dmacleo on August 24, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Putin is on the side of the Syrian government. IS has or had help from Qatar (probably) the Al Saud when they were just in Syria.

They were able to take parts of Iraq with money and weapons and expertise from what’s left of Saddam’s military and regime.

kcewa on August 24, 2014 at 3:05 PM

not as cut and dried as they make it out to be but they surely do bring up a valid point.
one thing thats bugged me through all this IS stuff is how a group with (supposedly) no state backing is now in control of (for all intents and purposes) so much of the states there.
at the same time putin is making progress on the ingress to ukraine while we are looking at isis.

not saying this is true but that would be an excellent kgb/gru sleight of hand trick…

cannot help but think this is all connected somehow, I just don’t know how.

dmacleo on August 24, 2014 at 2:55 PM

the US and the West has been backing these “rebels” and Assad repeatedly warned that they were terrorists and NOT “democrats” but Urkel didn’t listen – The arms and money they needed to overthrow Syria were given to these barbarians by Obama….. and McCain actually POSED for pictures with them.

This isn’t scary. This is crazy OMG WTH is going on scary

Key West Reader on August 24, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Dictators know best in the Muslim world.
Obama is at fault in Libya and Syria.
Same way Bush ruined Iraq

weedisgood on August 24, 2014 at 3:13 PM

one thing thats bugged me through all this IS stuff is how a group with (supposedly) no state backing is now in control of (for all intents and purposes) so much of the states there. at the same time putin is making progress on the ingress to ukraine while we are looking at isis. dmacleo on August 24, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Google it: What is now ISIS was created, armed, and trained by the western powers in the run up to what was supposed to be the overthrow of Assad and the handover of Syria to the rebels. Putin said nyet.

The western powers sponsored a coup against the Ukrainian puppets of Putin, installing their own puppet, resulting in the nascent war in eastern Ukraine. Take that, Putin!

Since the rebels wasn’t able to establish a caliphate in Syria, it invaded Iraq because a caliphate needs territory. It handily rebranded itself to include Iraq in it’s name, becoming Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Qatar and the US were funneling arms to the Syrian rebels through Benghazi and Turkey after Phase One was completed, which was deposing Qaddafi.

Qatar is still funding ISIS.

“Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar,” John McCain told CNN’s Candy Crowley in January 2014. “Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar, and for our Qatari friends,” the senator said once again a month later, at the Munich Security Conference.

McCain was praising Prince Bandar bin Sultan, then the head of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence services and a former ambassador to the United States, for supporting forces fighting Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham had previously met with Bandar to encourage the Saudis to arm Syrian rebel forces…

As one senior Qatari official stated, “ISIS has been a Saudi project.”
~
So while the outcome is uncertain, the various ISIS supporters among the Muslim governments want to spread the blame just in
case. If ISIS wins, then Iran will have been slapped down by the Sunnis, and Israel surrounded by malignant psychopaths under reliable Sunni control.

“Fore!”

Akzed on August 24, 2014 at 3:17 PM

1) Dictators know best in the Muslim world.

2)Obama is at fault in Libya and Syria.

weedisgood on August 24, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Your two statements contradict themselves. You should have posted before that last bong hit.

VegasRick on August 24, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Wa wa
coolrepublica on August 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Just post that above each time. It is smarter than anything you ever say.

CW on August 24, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Maybe the world should just call a truce until the imbecile is out of office.

justltl on August 24, 2014 at 3:27 PM

If it is decided that the US must act in Syria, I cannot see choosing between Assad and IS. If you act, you need to remove both. Until recently, Assad was basically allied with IS against the FSA. If we come in against IS Assad will entirely focus on fighting the FSA while giving tacit support to IS against the US to bloody our nose so that we do not hang around just as he gave aid to Al Queda in Iraq for the same purpose. Under no circumstance has Assad ever been or ever will be our find.

KW64 on August 24, 2014 at 3:34 PM

find = friend

KW64 on August 24, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Akzed on August 24, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Every bit of your history, both of ISIS and of the Ukraine, is incorrect.

ISIS was never armed by the United States. Who it was armed by — was Turkey. It took an attempt by ISIS to take Turkish territory to wake the Turks up.

As for the United States, from the beginning we differentiated two groups of fighters in Assad’s opposition — democracy advocates and caliphate advocates — and treated them differently.

As for the Ukraine, the big day was when 90 people were killed by snipers dispatched by Putin to aid the Ukrainian government. Up to that point, the protests against Mr. Yanukovitch’s decision to seek closer relations to the Russians at the expense of closer relations with the west had been mostly peaceful.

Russians participating in the “liberation” of Crimea received a medal from Mr. Putin commemorating the event. Those medals bore a date two weeks earlier than the date Russian forces entered the Crimea. The date on the medal is the date the 90 people were killed by snipers — 2014.02.20.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/25/putin-s-crimean-medal-of-honor-forged-before-the-war-even-began.html

unclesmrgol on August 24, 2014 at 3:44 PM

I see bleeding hart republicans are still alive and well.

FSA is a sunni operation and is of little use to America.

Noah…you guys are going blow it again unless you come with a better plan to deal with Islamic jihad then arming groups like FSA. And the stratagic pretzels some of advocate in Syria is silly….sort of like declaring war againt the Nazis and Soviets in WW2.

William Eaton on August 24, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Obama is the Great Destabilizer.

His Candyland fantasy view of the world- and of imperialistic, totalitarian Islam especially- endangers us all.

Assad has been a vicious bulwark against the jihadis.

As was the loon Khadaffy.

Obama’s and Hillary’s idiotic Libya policy should have been a deadly demonstration of the folly of unseating a jihad-suppressing strongman.

The secular-leaning devil you know -in Islamic lands -is generally better than the unleashed madness of The Jihad.

A lesson that will take many more deaths before it penetrates the Utopian skulls of our putative “leaders”.

profitsbeard on August 24, 2014 at 4:57 PM

How is it possible that even I knew the Syrian rebels were the side we didn’t want winning and Obama didn’t? Only two possible explanations. 1. He is just a retard and completely unlucky because every decision he has made in his presidency has been wrong or 2. He actually purposely goes with the decisions that are harmful to the U.S.

I believe as do most people it is #2 with a lot of #1 sprinkled in.

The Notorious G.O.P on August 24, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Syrian coalition: U.S. to blame for James Foley’s death because Obama ignored his own red lines

Works for me.
Obama isn’t above these matters like his sycophants always tell us he is.

22044 on August 24, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Doesn’t seem unlikely. Do you have a link to the source?

DarkCurrent on August 24, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Retired officer: Foley rescue attempt failed because Obama ‘dragged his feet’

fbcmusicman on August 24, 2014 at 6:44 PM

In spite of how much disdain I have for Obama, I must be honest. Obama is not at fault though he could have prevented it. The fault lies with the devout Muslims who carried out the beheading.

Woody

woodcdi on August 24, 2014 at 7:21 PM

The corrupt US government, (not its people), is to blame for ISIS because they aided and abetted Jihadis in Libya and Syria against the better judgement of those like myself and a lot of other people who predicted from the beginning that this is exactly what would happen.

FloatingRock on August 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Redlines, shmedlines: “Don’t call my bluff, Eric.”

Obambi spouted off what he assumed was yet another line of soaring rhetoric, but Assad revealed Obama for the naked emperor he is. That’s why his solution for getting out of the box he had unwittingly painted himself into was to let Tsar Vlad handle things for him.

Obama’s entire reaction to Assad giving the red line rhetoric his middle finger was to say, oh, sh*t, now what? and then wait for someone to fill the vacuum he had created. Unwittingly.

Hmmm, now that I think about it, every time some wanker in the MSM says the word “unprecedented”, I suggest it should be replaced with “unwittingly”. Explains much.

Wanderlust on August 24, 2014 at 10:36 PM

FloatingRock on August 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Ten years and a change in administrations has made a huge difference in the middle east.

2004: Qaddafi admits that his country was doing business with a Pakistani nuclear arms bazaar.

2014: Libya is a failed state and several other arab countries are headed in the same direction.

Smart Power™, indeed.

Wanderlust on August 24, 2014 at 10:41 PM

As the “good book says, even if Satan himself tells the truth we have to accept it.

Don L on August 25, 2014 at 7:53 AM

Obambi spouted off what he assumed was yet another line of soaring rhetoric, but Assad revealed Obama for the naked emperor he is

Hey, it worked in Chicago….

Don L on August 25, 2014 at 7:55 AM