The brother of beheaded American journalist James Foley vented his anger Friday that the United States didn’t do enough to free his brother from the brutal terrorist group Islamic State.
In an interview with Yahoo Global News anchor Katie Couric, Michael Foley, joined by his sister, said with frustration that “the United States could have done more on behalf of American hostages and still dealt with the broader issues.” He added “other nations have done that.”
Foley appeared unimpressed with the administration’s alleged attempt to rescue his brother back in July. ABC News reported dramatic details Thursday, of the summer raid to save Americans including journalist James Foley. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said the mission was “flawless,” only nobody was rescued. A top official told ABC that “some in the military and intelligence circles believe they missed the hostages by less than a week.”
“I really don’t think I should get into this,” said Foley, “but the United States could have done more on behalf of the Western and American hostages over there and still dealt with the broader world wide issues.”
He suggested the U.S should have negotiated with the terrorists like European countries do when securing the successful release of their hostages, a “source of frustration” for the 38-year-old Foley.
“I really, really hope that, in some way, Jim’s death pushes us to take another look at our approach, our policy to terrorist and hostage negotiations and rethink that,” Foley told Couric, according to Yahoo News.
Acknowledging that America’s policy is designed to protect citizens across the world, Foley said he believes it has failed.
“Because if the United States is doing it one way and Europe is doing it another way, then by definition, it won’t work,” he said.
The grief-stricken brother questioned why other non-financial strategies weren’t considered, including a prisoner exchange like the one used to free U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity.
“We are sitting on prisoners here in Guantanamo,” Foley said. “It doesn’t have to be financial.”
Despite the family’s despair and anger at the lack of effective action from the White House, Foley’s parents said they will one day forgive their son’s killer. “As a Christian, we have to.” they said.
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