I don’t know about the world, President Obama, but one patch of it is pretty messy:
The apparent executioner of American Steven Sotloff speaks in the same British accent as the man who purportedly killed James Foley. The journalists’ beheadings were recorded by ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State.
He’s dressed identically in both videos, head to toe in black, with a face mask and combat boots. He appears to be of similar build and height. He waves a knife in his left hand, as did the militant in the video released last month of Foley’s death.
And then, there are his actual words.
“I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State.”
Obama doesn’t feel half so arrogantly toward the self-styled Islamic State as I do, so I can hardly fault him there.
But I do disagree with Obama that it’s social media that make the world seem messy.
“The world’s always been messy … we’re just noticing now in part because of social media.”
No, it’s mainstream media. Some headlines:
Video Purports to Show Beheading of US Journalist Steven Sotloff
US CDC says Ebola threatens stability of stricken countries
Home Depot Investigating Potentially Massive Credit Card Breach
Russia and Nato headed for nuclear war after Putin brags he could take Kiev
US military strike in Somalia targeted al Shabaab leader
Amnesty International: Islamic State carrying out ethnic cleansing
Sharp rise in support for Scottish independence jolts sterling
Islamic fighters besiege Nigerian city
Saudi Arabia Arrests 88 Terrorism Suspects
Attack on Army Convoy Kills 11 in Egypt’s Sinai
Why the US and Israel are not getting along
UN: 4 Peacekeepers Killed in North Mali, 15 Hurt
Shamed Rotherham Council to Meet Over Shocking Child Sex Abuse Report
School starts in Chicago with more safety guards
WWII vet, 86, beaten outside Ohio hospital
8 teens still missing after 32 escape Nashville youth detention center
Holiday weekend wedding ends in bloody brawl after groom gropes server