In a stunning report by ABC News online, we learned that President Barack Obama and his White House knew that ISIS "recently threatened to kill U.S. journalist James Foley to avenge airstrikes the United States has conducted in Iraq." A video surfaced on Tuesday showing what appears to be an ISIS terrorist beheading Foley with the stated reason of revenge on Obama, suggesting they will do it again.
President Obama recently downplayed the ability of ISIS to carry out significant damaging acts of violence, referring to the terrorists as the JV (Junior Varsity) team compared to Al Qaeda, in an interview with The New Yorker magazine's David Remnick.
Much like the Obama Administration knew of the possibility and even the likelihood of the September 2012 attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, the advance information seemed to find the president flat-footed. After the attack, the Obama Administration erroneously claimed a YouTube video prompted the attack. However, while the left-wing media largely has protected the Obama White House from being fingered as deadly incompetent regarding Benghazi, will they change their tune now that one of their fellow journalists appears to have suffered a similar fate despite the president knowing of the coming danger?
ABCNews.com reported "President Obama was briefed on the video aboard Air Force One Tuesday night as he returned to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, from Washington to resume his August vacation." The militants say they plan to also murder another missing (and presumed captured and kidnapped) American journalist, Steven Sotloff. (video of the statement of James Foley's parents below)
The White House has not articulated a plan to address the murder or prevent the murder of Sotloff. In June, President Obama released five terrorists for the return of one U.S. soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, despite ample evidence he was a traitor and deserter.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) there are 39 missing journalists currently missing, with 20 of them having gone missing in Syria alone, with dozens more killed