Mr. Obama said that he kept the Foley and Sotloff families regularly informed. It was an unforgivable lie, unless you choose to not believe the families of both Americans beheaded by ISIS. Not only did the administration not help the families, they kept the families from taking actions aimed at saving their family members, James Foley and Steven Sotloff.
Obama not only didn’t work with the families, he worked against them. The families are now committed to not letting that happen again as ISIS plans the beheading of a British journalist or an American aid worker.
Politico reported that Steven Sotloff, the 30-year old American journalist who was recently beheaded by ISIS, was sold to ISIS for between $25,000 to $50,000, [ it seems like a sum that the family could have come raised]. He was sold by the “so-called moderate rebels, that people want our administration to support,” according to a spokesperson for the Sotloff family.
These are the rebels the administration, John McCain, and others want to arm, the spokesperson continued.
The spokesperson, Barak Barfi, accused the administration of spreading inaccuracies and failing to do enough to save Steven Sotloff.
“We know that the intelligence community and the White House are enmeshed in a larger game of bureaucratic infighting and Jim and Steve are pawns in that game and that’s not fair,” he said, in a reference to James Foley.
Barfi also said that “the administration has made a number of inaccurate statements,” including that the Sotloff family was kept “regularly informed” regarding Steven and that the hostages were often moved to different locations.
“The relationship between the administration and the Sotloff family was very strained,” he added, saying that the family made one request from the White House following the release of the video and that the administration “rebuffed” them. He elected not to elaborate on the specifics of the request out of respect to the remaining ISIL hostages.
Thursday evening, James Foley’s brother Michael appeared on The Megyn Kelly Show to express almost exactly the same sentiments as the Sotloff family.
The administration, despite their claims, did not communicate with the family but they did threaten the family when they tried to raise money to ransom him. They stonewalled the family when they tried to get information from allies.