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Obama: World 'appalled' by journalist's 'brutal murder'

Posted August 20, 2014

— President Barack Obama made a brief but strong statement Wednesday, saying the world is "appalled" by the "brutal murder" of journalist James Foley but that the United States won't stop confronting those responsible.

The comments come a day after Islamic State militants released a video showing the 40-year-old, missing since November 2012, being beheaded.

"It's an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world," the president said.

Obama said he spoke with Foley's family and offered condolences.

"We are all heartbroken," he said.

Obama also said that the Islamic State "speaks for no religion."

It abducts women and children, and tortures, rapes, enslaves and kills people. He said the Islamic State targets Christians and other minorities and aims to commit genocide.

The extremists in the video called the beheading retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. They've threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist. Obama did not comment on the threat.

The president spoke Wednesday from Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, where he's been vacationing with his family.

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  • Djofraleigh Anderson Aug 21, 2014
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    Of course Obama was upset, the American journalist was beheaded in Obama's name as blame on video. Obama was so upset he went straight out and played golf as planned.

  • ALLIN Aug 21, 2014

    Finally a solid reason to start WW-O. WW I had an assassinated Arch Duke. WW II had mas genocide or murder. WW O (Obama) the war to end all wars, no that's been used. No matter they will come up with something. But WW O started over a journalist that violated the law by crossing to a war zone in search of fame and fortune. He got one and will always be remembered as the start of the end.

  • ALLIN Aug 21, 2014

    Hamas is attacking. Israel is defending. Russia is invading. The Middle East is smoldering. Boko Haram is massacring. ISIS is marching and massacring. Iran and N Korea are threatening. American cities are crumbling. Our southern border is dissolving. Our debt is skyrocketing. Obamacare is falling apart. The VA is showing us how Obamacare will work. The IRS is violating the law. Americans are hurting. Our enemies are laughing.
    Obama is fundraising, vacationing and playing golf.
    We should take it easy on him, this is his first job.

  • littleriver69 Aug 21, 2014

    I wish we had a real president. A leader. A statesman. obama is not either.

  • icdmbpppl Aug 21, 2014

    At least he didn't fly onto an aircraft carrier and declare "Mission Accomplished" in a war that continued many years more. raleighboy524 Aug 20, 1:32 p.m

    In fact, these brutal savages are taking over Iraq because Obama pulled troops out, and declared Iraq was stable before it was wise to do so. He lied when he said Malaki didn't want a residual force in Iraq--that was Obama's decision, and in hindsight, a great mistake. He is a colossal failure as commander in chief. He has wasted six years of precious time as ISIS or ISIL (whatever they're calling them today), Hezbollah, Hamas, Boco Harem and al Qaeda grow more dangerous every day. They're coming for us.

  • Rachael Garner Aug 21, 2014
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    It's horrifying how crazy these people are. Absolutely insane.

  • grampasbaby Aug 20, 2014

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    Awesome idea. If it could only be implemented.

  • Richard Eskridge Aug 20, 2014
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    Glad to see he's off the golf course long enough to speak about the issue.

    Maybe we should put "NO VACATIONS WHILE SERVING IN THE OFFICE OF..." as a revision to the Constitution before we elect/hire the next person.

  • Rod Runner Aug 20, 2014
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    "We" didn't release the video. They did, directly to YouTube.

  • raleighboy524 Aug 20, 2014

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    At least he didn't fly onto an aircraft carrier and declare "Mission Accomplished" in a war that continued many years more. Geo. Bush, by the way, spent more time away from Washington than any other president in modern US history, including a five-week stay at his ranch. Is fishing and chopping brush better than playing a round of golf?