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American Journalist James Foley Beheaded by Islamic Terrorists

Posted on | August 20, 2014 | 100 Comments

The killers blame Barack Obama:

A video released by ISIS shows the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and threatens the life of another American if President Barack Obama doesn’t end military operations in Iraq.
In the video posted Tuesday on YouTube, Foley is seen kneeling next to a man dressed in black. Foley reads a message, presumably scripted by his captors, that his “real killer” is America.
“I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope for freedom to see my family once again,” he can be heard saying in the video.
‘The world’s most ruthless terrorists’ American journalist beheaded by ISIS
He is then shown being beheaded. . . .
Obama was briefed about the video, and “he will continue to receive regular updates,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.
ISIS has carried out executions, including beheadings, as part of its effort to establish an Islamic caliphate that stretches from Syria into Iraq. In many cases, ISIS — which refers to itself as the Islamic State — has videotaped the executions and posted them online. . . .
Foley disappeared on November 22, 2012, in northwest Syria, near the border with Turkey. He was reportedly forced into a vehicle by gunmen; he was not heard from again. At the time of his disappearance, he was working for the U.S.-based online news outlet GlobalPost. . . .
The video of his killing also shows another U.S. journalist. The militant in the video, who speaks English with what sounds like a British accent, says the other American’s life hangs in the balance, depending on what Obama does next.
The journalist is believed to be Steven Sotloff, who was kidnapped at the Syria-Turkey border in 2013. Sotloff is a contributor to Time and Foreign Policy magazines.
The Committee to Protect Journalists estimates there are about 20 journalists missing in Syria, many of them held by ISIS.
Among them is American Austin Tice, a freelance journalist who was contributing articles to The Washington Post. Tice disappeared in Syria in August 2012.

(Hat tip: Memeorandum.) Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t the terrorists who executed Foley the same “militants” the Obama administration supported during the 2011 “Arab Spring” in the State Department/CIA plan to overthrow Syria’s Assad regime?



100 Responses to “American Journalist James Foley Beheaded by Islamic Terrorists”

  1. Katie Scarlet
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:27 am

    He does on that Frontpage post.

  2. Seth
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:28 am


    Saying that we should blame the person who actually cut off Foley’s head is being a concern troll?

    Mind. Blown.

  3. Seth
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:30 am

    You read his comment, right? The part about “responsible for their own deaths”?

    Good strategy, though. When you have no more responses, declare them a troll and disengage.

  4. TelegraphAve
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:33 am

    Who do you think is a greater threat to American regional interests? The axis of Syria, Iran, Hezzbollah, and Russia, or ISIL? well that should answer your question as to why they might have had support. I also think Obama’s thinking was sound in that after 10 years in Iraq, and billions spent creating and training a new Iraqi army they should have been able to handle their own security without having to put Americans back in harms way. Our military has been through enough over the last ten years, and our soldiers are taxed out.

  5. RS
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:36 am

    A deliberate misrepresentation of everything written here. I will state this clearly and in bold with simple language so that you will understand:

    IS did this, just as they have murdered thousands of others.

    That said, it is not inappropriate to ask, “How did we get here? Could this sort of thing have been prevented?” Those are the questions that responsible people ask, in order to prevent similar occurrences in the future. I don’t revel in Mr. Foley’s death. i hope such a thing never happens again. But the fact remains, the policy of this administration–contrary to all its assurances–has led us here. That is not “rooting” for opponents. That is not some perverse schadenfreude. It comes from a deep sadness that this country has lost something.

    And only the willfully blind cannot see that.

  6. Seth
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:37 am

    Wait, what? Marxism? I…I’m so confused.

    Seriously, what in the world are you talking about?

  7. RS
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:38 am

    Yes, I read is comment.

    And it’s false.

  8. Paul H. Lemmen
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:39 am

    No one is rooting for the terrorists, they deserve death. I pointed out that fools who go in harm’s wat without any real understanding due to ignorance or a fantasy view of the world are responsible for their own deaths. That is not absolving their killers from any responsibility, that is declaring that we are all responsible for ourselves first and foremost. placing your self in dangerous situations without proper preparation and weaponry is your own fault.

  9. Seth
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:40 am

    “You suffer from reading comprehension.”


    Indeed, I do.

  10. Katie Scarlet
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:40 am

    So I guess we’ll just surrender then. We’ve done enough. Let them just slaughter people across the Middle East.

    Tee it up, and hope for the best?

  11. Phil_McG
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:40 am

    I saw the picture of James Foley kneeling in the sand, his murderer standing beside him, masked and clad in black.


    The people who murdered him aren’t all ignorant impoverished locals who were raised on brutality and death. At least some of them were born and raised in the West. A few years ago they were playing Playstation games and going to school in England.

    We have nurtured a viper in our midst and called it “diversity” and “multiculturalism”. We thought we were more enlightened than our bigoted ancestors who spent centuries driving the religion of slavery out of Europe.

    Well, we were wrong, weren’t we?

    There was once a senior English politician who warned against mass immigration from the primitive world. He said:

    As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see “the River Tiber foaming with much blood”.

    Naturally he was denounced as a racist and driven out of office. But events have proven his fears were well founded.

    One day very soon we will be forced to make a very stark existential choice – to be or not to be? We know where the path we’ve been led down for the past 50 years is heading – dispossession and death. It’s not too late to change direction, but it is late indeed.

  12. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:41 am

    Seth is a concern troll Katie.

  13. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:41 am

    Concern Troll Seth as TelegraphAve

  14. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:42 am

    A lack of it.

  15. Seth
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:43 am

    Btw, I’m still waiting on a single quote or excerpt to support your claim that Foley was a “hopeful propagandist.”

    Just one. One single shred of actual evidence.

  16. Paul H. Lemmen
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:43 am

    That is because you are a lying fool.

  17. TelegraphAve
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:45 am

    I didn’t say that, and they’re not doing that. You claimed the administration gave support to ISIL in Syria, and I asked why? The WH acts on intelligence provided by the CIA, and operations proposed by them. The CIA does not deal in moral absolutes either. They deal in defeating their enemies by any means necessary. Their history and who we’ve gotten into bed with over the last 60 plus years in order to meet geopolitical goals should make that abundantly clear.

  18. Paul H. Lemmen
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:48 am

    RS: I was responding to your words: “It’s reminiscent of those idiots who think they can be “friends” with grizzlies in the wild and wind up getting mauled to death.”
    That is textbook definition of ‘death by misadventure’ and those folks are responsible for their own deaths. There is no shred of falsity there.

  19. TelegraphAve
    August 20th, 2014 @ 12:09 pm

    You really want to play this game? Ok, then we could go back to 2002 when the previous administration invaded Iraq, and deposed the one individual in that country who would have crushed ISIL. The lack of Saddam, not to mention the chaos the occupation created lead to a group like ISIL coming in to fill the power vacuum. We are no better off in this post Saddam, post Mubarak world. Well the oil companies are, but we aren’t.

  20. Mm
    August 20th, 2014 @ 12:29 pm

    “The JV Team”
    “GM is alive, Al Qaeda’s on the run!”
    “The 80s called and they want their foreign policy back.”

  21. DeadMessenger
    August 20th, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

    This just goes to show how important it is for a US president to be foreign-policy savvy. Sadly, we have a president who is more golf savvy, and who hired the only guy more incompetent than him as Sec of State.

    To say that the Occupant is blameless is stupid.

  22. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    August 20th, 2014 @ 1:43 pm

    Bingo! Blame Bush!

    But we are past that aren’t we? The point was Iraq was stable when turned over to Obama and Obama let it go to hell through inaction. Because Valerie Jarrett told him what to do.

  23. Thatch
    August 20th, 2014 @ 1:44 pm

    I think the lesson we can draw from this is that Obama does not understand the first thing about Islam. He has repeatedly interceded on the side of the Islamists from Egypt, to Syria, to Libya, to Israel. Certainly he has taken steps to empower them at every juncture when there was no possible upside to doing so. Then he ends up having to try to kill the Frankenstein’s monster that inevitably results from his actions.

    I’m not going to hold it against him that he can’t get the barbarians to make peace when their creed does not allow for it. But I will condemn him for not understanding the nature of the enemy and for moral equivalence. I will condemn him for putting his own political needs above those of the country. I will condemn him for being too lazy to even make the effort to understand foreign policy and the threats we face, I will condemn him for giving up what we had won with great expenditure of blood and treasure just so he could win an election.

    We face a great evil. The least Obama could do is acknowledge it by naming it. Call it radical Islam. Call it terrorism. Call it what you will, but by God name the enemy and show you understand the threat! Don’t chuckle about the Caliphate being a pipe dream or call the force that controls large parts of two countries a JV team because it hurts your wittle feelings to admit you have been derelict in your responsibilities and that you were wholly ignorant of the nature of the threats we faced.

    This will be a generational struggle. We can’t win it unless we call it what it is.

  24. Kauf Buch
    August 20th, 2014 @ 1:45 pm

    BUT: why NOT
    Rachel Maddow,
    Anderson Cooper, or
    Chris Matthews?!?!?!

  25. johncunningham
    August 20th, 2014 @ 1:50 pm

    It’s way past time for some pest removal of the Islamic scum. I love peace, and there is nothing more peaceful than a pile o dead Muslims. and remember, rubble makes no trouble. no need to worry about dead Muslim women and kids, either. as Gen. Phil Sheridan once said, nits make lice.

  26. DeadMessenger
    August 20th, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

    Yes, Seth is willfully blind. Which is why he keeps making the same idiotic statements again and again.

  27. DeadMessenger
    August 20th, 2014 @ 2:03 pm

    As you suggest, mindlessly embracing “diversity” and “multiculturalism” is a mistake, but adding to that problem is selective diversity. Choosing “diversity” with no thought to immoral actions and intent. The Christians murdered by ISIS (and other murderous jihadi groups) nobody except other Christians (real ones, not CINOs) give a damn about their “diversity”. This is the problem when naively coming down on the side of wickedness. You can’t befriend wicked.

  28. Wombat_socho
    August 20th, 2014 @ 2:10 pm

    B&, he is, under whatever fake name.

  29. Wombat_socho
    August 20th, 2014 @ 2:10 pm

    And we don’t need illiterates clogging up the comments section. Bye now.

  30. Wombat_socho
    August 20th, 2014 @ 2:12 pm


  31. Zohydro
    August 20th, 2014 @ 2:21 pm


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  33. RS
    August 20th, 2014 @ 2:33 pm

    Sorry. Chalk it up to Disqus weirdness. ; )

  34. Paul H. Lemmen
    August 20th, 2014 @ 2:35 pm

    🙂 Thanks my friend. I thought perhaps I have been away too long from these comments sections.

  35. RS
    August 20th, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

    You’re a little late. This happened several hours ago. : )

  36. RS
    August 20th, 2014 @ 2:37 pm

    Alas, I had some free time this morning before I had my coffee.

    ; )

  37. Lemuel Vargas
    August 20th, 2014 @ 3:13 pm

    Hope so but doubt it. If enough pressure is brought to bear on him (again), he would do a 180 as fast as a person could say “180.”)
    But then, if he has owned this war as his as he has owned Obamacare, then there is hope in the world.

  38. Lemuel Vargas
    August 20th, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

    Here is the all important question to you, TelegraphAve…
    Are you for or against using air power to blunt the ISIS advance?

  39. Lemuel Vargas
    August 20th, 2014 @ 3:20 pm

    We should always be ready to fill up the vacuum brought about by this sectarian violence. ISIS grew because they filled up the vacuum created during the Syrian War.

  40. Lemuel Vargas
    August 20th, 2014 @ 3:24 pm

    This might be the wake up call for those bleeding heart liberals who always supports groups even if they are extreme in their views.

  41. Finrod Felagund
    August 20th, 2014 @ 5:05 pm

    The religion of rest in peace, perhaps.

  42. theoldsargesays
    August 20th, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

    “Right leaning…”

    While this site may be anti progressive , right leaning doesn’t automatically follow.

    Our host and his band of merry men frequently take to task many self-proclaimed leaders of the right and their policies.

    I view this site and most of those in attendance to express sound moral opinions that counter the societal free fall that the progressives and RINO’s promote.

    Just because one is anti progressive doesn’t necessarily place them on “the right”.

  43. OrangeEnt
    August 20th, 2014 @ 6:11 pm

    Believe what they say! They do what they say and people continue to dismiss what they say. They are not clowns, they are not unthreatening to us. It’s long past time to listen and believe, if our leaders are too afraid to do something, then let them slink away and live out their lives in well deserved obscurity….

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  45. theoldsargesays
    August 20th, 2014 @ 9:07 pm

    While I can only give one vote here and now….

    You’ve got 500 up votes on account.

    (Would be more but you left out Ed Schultz, Chris Hayes,et al.)

  46. trangbang68
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:50 pm

    Don’t be such a dope, think outside your crackerbox mind. Terrorists bad…Obama inept…there that wasn’t too difficult was it?

  47. trangbang68
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:52 pm

    Nice address in Berzerkley there you commie rat. Obama had to be shamed off the golf course to do anything. Afteall it was only Christians being murdered.

  48. trangbang68
    August 20th, 2014 @ 11:55 pm

    lies, damned lies. The Obama rats gave Stingers and Manpads to the Jihadis because they were delusional over the “Arab Spring”

  49. DarkstarSF
    August 21st, 2014 @ 3:54 am

    Thank you for taking out the trash.

  50. K-Bob
    August 21st, 2014 @ 7:50 am

    At the Daily Mail website, there’s an interesting analysis of the James Foley beheading video. (Don’t worry, they didn’t post the video there.) It asks and attempts to answer some important questions about how they may have prepared Foley to get “the most” out of the propaganda value of the vid.

    Daily Mail: Five minutes of savagery and a video as slick as it is sickening: How evil footage reveals the true savagery of ISIS

    It seems that “Pallywood” has grown up.

    As long as our media refuses to label these thugs as the evil they are, these propaganda hits will will become more shocking, and more “slick” over time.

    Expect the next one in HD