White House CoS Names ISIS Hostage

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Top Obama aide: No deal for ISIS hostage.

While speaking on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough appeared to accidentally reveal the name of the American woman currently held hostage by ISIS. “[Do] we have any information on the American woman still being held?” asked George Stephanopoulos. The president continues to push for Congress to pass legislation for private sector workers that would give pregnant women seven days of paid sick leave. “It’s been decades now that the wages have stagnated for hard-working, middle-class families,” he added. “(The president) is saying, ‘Enough is enough.’” Our condolences today are with the people of Japan for their terrible loss,” President Obama said in a statement, using an alternate acronym for ISIS.

We are sparing no expense, and sparing no effort, both in trying to make sure that we know where they are and make sure that we’re prepared to do anything we must to try to get them home.” He added that the woman’s family knows “how strongly the president feels about this. When McDonough was asked if the government had collapsed he replied, “we weren’t surprised that this government collapsed we knew that this is ongoing challenge over the course of the last several months.” McDonough’s comment is puzzling considering the administration made no public mention of their worry that our allies could be thrown from power or what could be done to prevent it. This is a relationship, given its importance, that stretches across many different things, from values straight through intelligence cooperation to defense and security assistance.

To spare him the same fate, Islamic State fighters are demanding the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman who faces the death penalty in Jordan for her role in 2005 bombings that killed dozens. It doesn’t make any sense for them to prematurely act on legislation that the president will veto if it’s going to risk maintaining this international unity.

We think that results in just more cash floating around with these very hateful characters who will just have more ability to ply their trade.” MCDONOUGH: You know our policy on that, Michael. SMERCONISH: You know that there – there have been some criticisms made by family members who say that they – they were held back by the administration from participating in negotiations that they wanted to pursue.

And I’m very – I also want to be very clear that I’m neither going to divulge our conversations with them or get into a negotiation with anybody else through you on this show. They open up newspapers and watch televisions every day and they see a new hot spot, and they wonder, have we reached a tipping point where no U.S. policy is going to be capable of maintaining order worldwide? One is, what we’re seeing is, obviously, with the democratization of media, the ability for even the most nefarious actors in the world to reach out and, through very social media outlets, get their story in front of us.

We cannot be an occupying force in a place like Yemen or in Syria and hope that we will be responsible for bringing this, as you say, chaos to an end. And the third thing we’re going to do is, where there is a threat to us – and you I have had this conversation going back to 2007 – we will take action to protect the American people.

SMERCONISH: Earlier today, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – and I think I have the quote that we can put on the screen, but he said, “I will go anywhere I’m invited in order to enunciate the state of Israel’s position and in order to defend its future and its existence.” Let’s take a step back. MCDONOUGH: Well, the president did tick through several things that we have made progress on, unemployment from 10 down to 5.6 percent, 10 million people with now access to health care, health care costs at the lowest level in more than 50 years now for four years in a row, more energy production, be that clean energy, or be that oil and gas, in this country than ever before. Middle-class families like the ones you grew up in Doylestown or the ones I grew up with in Stillwater, Minnesota, have not seen the kind of wage growth that they deserve. The crisis having been passed, now we have got to get at the one remaining issue, which is, how does the middle class get the fair shot that they deserve?

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