On a track of pure speculation, albeit quite educated speculation, this Bible scholar couldn't help but wonder if we aren't about to see Barack Hussein Obama embark on a prophecy-fulfilling mission against ISIS following Wednesday's statement against the beheading of US journalist James Foley.
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Via Business Insider:
A visibly angry President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the "entire world is appalled" by the beheading of an American journalist by the extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), casting the group as a relic that "has no place in the 21st century."This morning, Yahoo News, via AP, via Business Insider, reported the following headline: Obama's Mission Against ISIS Just Fundamentally Changed.
"No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day," Obama, who said he was "heartbroken" by Foley's death, said during a statement from Martha's Vineyard. (source)
Via Yahoo News:
President Barack Obama surprised many observers Wednesday with his brevity and anger when he spoke about the brutal murder of American photojournalist James Foley at the hands of militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL).Officials: Commanders want more Iraq airstrike power (video):
It was Obama as "you've never seen him before," as The Huffington Post put it on the site's banner. Some observers on Twitter said he sounded almost "Bush-ian," a reference to President George W. Bush. And some analysts think it could mean the start of a long, extended campaign against the group, which Obama compared to a "cancer" and said "doesn't belong in the 21st century."
Some analysts think it is likely that Obama will significantly change the mission against ISIS to, in the words of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry , "crush" the group. For a war-tired American public, the mission will be rebranded as a battle in the "war on terror," rather than in terms of the Iraqi war that the vast majority of Americans, in retrospect, consider a disaster.
"It's a clear escalation of rhetoric — and will lead to an escalation in policy," geopolitical expert Ian Bremmer, the president of Eurasia Group, told Business Insider in an email. "This moves the United States from stopping ISIS gains on the ground (at least against the Kurds and the Yazidis) to active efforts to destroy ISIS. The U.S. has moved from limited military aims and deterrence towards a broader anti-ISIS military campaign.
"ISIS taking the fight 'directly to America' with their statements in the past days and the videotaped beheading of an American journalist was a serious strategic misstep on their part."