More Americans, Lawmakers Push President to Act Fast after 2nd Beheading
Updated: Thursday, September 4 2014, 01:06 AM CDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - When will the US strike back at ISIS militants? More Americans and lawmakers are pushing the President to act fast after the 2nd beheading of an American. National Correspondent Kristine Frazao explains.
Friends describe Steven Sotloff as devoted, to his family, friends and career, almost to a fault. Like journalist James Foley, Sotloff's life came to a horrible, abrupt end at the hands of murderers, for the world to see in a video.
"He had to pay for our freedom in some respects with his life," says Sotloff's classmate and friend Frank Buttaravoli. "So, for that, Steve Sotloff's a hero."
It was only a week ago when President Barack Obama said he had no strategy for dealing with the Islamic State. Now Obama says the United States will degrade and destroy ISIS.
"We will not be intimidated," says President Obama. "Their horrific acts only unite us as a country and stiffen our resolve to take the fight against these terrorists, and those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will not forget, and that our reach is long, and that justice will be served."
Critics like the government watchdog group Judicial Watch want to know how many more Sotloffs and Foleys will have to die before the US takes demonstrable action.
"The Administration perhaps finds itself in an awkward position and they don't wish to highlight or any way sort of embroider or expand upon what is admittedly a really bad position," says Judicial Watch's Chris Farrell.
A position Farrell says is downright scary considering the vulnerabilities at the US border. Farrell tells us his sources are telling him that ISIS is planning to attack America.
"These are certified bad guys that are on a mission to do bad things," says Farrell.
The world has witnessed that not once, but twice.
"The next time, it might be someone that you know who might be getting executed in a barbaric manner if our government doesn't step in and do the right thing, which is to eradicate the Islamic State of terror," says Buttaravoli.
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