Price: Journalist’s Death Another Example of America’s Failure to Lead

August 20, 2014 15:43 pm

by Tim Darnell · 33 comments

The beheading of American journalist Jim Foley by Islamic terrorists illustrates the need to take a stronger stance against terrorism, says U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA).

“To date, President Obama hasn’t believed that a threat of this magnitude exists out there,” Price told NewsRadio 106.7 Wednesday afternoon. “Now, I hope he believes that.”

Price says President Obama has weakened America’s standing in the world by not taking action against ISIL, the group claiming responsibility for Foley’s murder.

griftdrift August 20, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Not taking action – – >

The reflex is so deep in the limbic system, extraction may never be possible

Chris Huttman August 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Who could have ever imagined that terrorism was a serious enough threat that beheadings could happen…it’s not like it happened under George W Bush’s watch or anything.

(And btw, I don’t make this comment to suggest that Bush or Obama is bad just that it’s ridiculous to suggest that this is some sort of new threat due to Obama’s actions).

TheEiger August 20, 2014 at 4:06 pm

It has nothing to do with “Obama’s actions” and everything to do with his inaction. Why do we draw red lines in the sad and tell Syria not to do something and then when they cross that line say “well, you better not do it again. ” Obama’s foreign policy is a joke.

caroline August 20, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Well, Obama made the decision to let the house vote on going into Syria and they said no. So who do you want to blame for that one? Obama for even sending it to the house or the house voting it down?

TheEiger August 20, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Was that before or after he drew a red line? Oh that’s right after he drew the line and it was crossed and he wanted to give the blame to Congress.

He is currently dropping bombs in Iraq. Did he ask for permission to do that? No, he didn’t. He could have acted in Syria if he wanted to and didn’t. The blame is with Obama and not Congress on this one.

griftdrift August 20, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Price literally said the opposite of what’s happening.

TheEiger August 20, 2014 at 4:27 pm

How so?

griftdrift August 20, 2014 at 4:29 pm

” not taking action against ISIL”

TheEiger August 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Yeah, he just started using drones this past week. How long have they been a threat and murdering people in Iraq and Syria? Over a year. And he just now decides to do anything.

John Konop August 20, 2014 at 9:57 pm

You are trying to make a very complicated issue black and white. The Middle East is a mess….and we have no easy answers….As Colin Powell said when we started the policemen of the world campaign in the Middle East result will be you break you own it…,The neocon plan of arming one crazy against another crazy is how we got in this mess….you do know your logic is how was used to arm Bin Laden against the USSR, Sadam Husain against Iran,….,,And we are helping Iran and a terrorist Kurd group to fight Isis. And McCain/ Lieberman want to fund more crazies to fight crazies….

caroline August 20, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Okay. I guess consistency isn’t the strongpoint of people like Price.

WesleyC August 20, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Price should hire some new advisers. Trying to leverage an unpreventable (and unspeakable) tragedy for political gain is not only despicable but also politically bone-headed. Think back to the reception Mitt Romney got when he held that press conference trying to tie Benghazi to President Obama’s “failure to lead” just minutes after the attack had ended.

caroline August 20, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Is there anyway the GOP can make a critique without sounding like George W. Bush or Sarah Palin or are they all getting their talking points from the same Bush retreads?

Harry August 20, 2014 at 5:24 pm

But Bush!

caroline August 20, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Do you really want everybody to reminded of him? Or do you want to sound like a party with new ideas or just more retreads? It’s your decision.

Harry August 20, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Yeah, sometimes a GWB reminder can be a good thing. At least he has a sense of self-deprecating humor.

And with Hillary in the picture I wouldn’t sound off too negative on retreads if I were you.

caroline August 21, 2014 at 6:30 am

I didn’t realize that she had been elected president. Are you making that prediction for the future?

Harry August 21, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Are you disavowing supporting Hillary for president?

caroline August 21, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Nope, but if you are talking people that are retreads then you have to concede that every Republican presidential candidate for the last 54 years has been retread with the exception of perhaps Gerald Ford or George W. but if you are using Hillary then even George W. would be a retread by your standards.

Michael Silver August 20, 2014 at 7:39 pm

“Failure to lead” meme is a nice way to avoid examining the record of the Religion of Peace.

saltycracker August 20, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Better words on the subject:

Statement by PM Netanyahu – 20/8/2014 – YouTube

Choosy Mothers Choose Jiff August 21, 2014 at 12:11 am

“To date, President Obama hasn’t believed that a threat of this magnitude exists out there,”

um I’m going to need an unbiased source to back up this rhetoric, please.

This is really scary commentary coming from a degreed healer. We NEED to Stay the F away from the Middle East as we can.

Back in 2000 I used to say to the GOPhers “What are you going to do now that you don’t have Bill Clinton to blame everything on?” In 2018 you people still have not learned that blame shifting is a credibility destroying tactic..and NOT the credibility of the shifted blame.

Let Mr Price be armed as any good infantry would be and air drop him (or his son) over yonder. Problem solved.

Chris Huttman August 21, 2014 at 12:45 pm

A journalist was beheaded a decade ago by Islamic terrorists. Maybe Obama doesn’t believe the Falcons can win the Superbowl (Because it has never happened before) but the idea that he wouldn’t believe something is possible that has already happened is pretty ridiculous.

And it shows that Price and many Republicans are charlatans that just want to score political points but either have no actual intellligent ideas or if/when they do come from a party that won’t let them present them.

tribeca August 21, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Webster’s definition of leadership: “noun \ˈlē-dər-ˌship\ 1: a position as a leader of a group, organization, etc. 2: the time when a person holds the position of leader 3: the power or ability to lead other people”

Tom Price’s definition of leadership: “politicizing the death of an individual in order to score points against an artificially constructed straw man”

saltycracker August 21, 2014 at 1:24 pm

We all know a president has no effect on foreign policy or how the US is perceived. Cutting some slack, bad things do happen, now what ?

notsplost August 21, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Kabuki theater. There isn’t more than a couple of millimeters of daylight between the foreign policies of Bush and Obama (and the Clintons also.)

Regardless of which party is nominally in control, the DC war machine just keeps on a killin’.

Dave Bearse August 22, 2014 at 12:05 am

Remember when Tom Price criticized President Bush after Daniel Pearl and Nick Berg were killed?

Neither do I. What a hack.

TheEiger August 22, 2014 at 8:33 am

Both of these murders were tragic, but there is a detail that you are leaving out. Both were killed before Tom Price became a Congressman. So, you are kind of comparing apples to oranges here.

Dave Bearse August 22, 2014 at 10:22 am

I didn’t recollect they were killed so early in Bush’s term. Point rebutted!

seenbetrdayz August 22, 2014 at 12:20 pm

I think the jounalist’s death is a reminder of what happens when you go to violent nations that hate Americans.

Besides, there’s nothing new that you’re going to get on camera in the Middle East. It’s the same old thing.

Riots in the streets. People singing death to America. Military firing teargas. Sand. Explosions. More explosions.

Just play reruns of footage from 2000 to 2010 and talk about ISIS. No need to risk the lives of journalists over some sh*thole.

Bobloblaw August 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm

I am a conservative and Obama, let me put it lightly, disliker. The US isnt to blame here. The UK is. There is a disease in Europe but in the UK in particular. That of multiculturalism and atheism. Europeans, especially the British, believe in nothing. Not in religion, in their history or their culture or having babies. In this void grows Islam. The rise of Islam in Europe is not the disease, it is the symptom. The symptom of a soulless society that stands for nothing. The beheader was a UK born Muslim. Not an immigrant but a born and bread limey. There are a large number of women in teh UK who have converted to Islam because contemporary British society offers nothing for them and is empty.

John Konop August 22, 2014 at 7:19 pm

This is about economics and religion….you have disperatly poor people who cling to a radical version of a religion. We have had our exteminist here fron David Korish, Rubby Ridge, KKK….all claiming to be Christians….the diference here is we do not have the amount of extreme poverty… this case this was about kidnaping people for cash….in the name of extreme religious beliefs…..this is common practice in places like this… know they were extorting the parents and our government for millions of dollars….No easy solutions….Nation building looks good in theory never works in reality with tribal type countries at war with themselves…

Will Durant August 22, 2014 at 7:47 pm

It is not the place of the US to “lead” an intervention against the centuries old tribal warfare in this region. If we follow our recent history we would just be leading them around in circles anyway. I would suggest Mr. Price and the President sit down for a White House movie night and view Wag the Dog.

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