A Fox News panelist lamented Wednesday that President Barack Obama didn’t react as strongly to the beheading of an American journalist in the Middle East as he did to the Benghazi attacks.
Obama delivered a statement Wednesday from Martha’s Vineyard that strongly condemned the Islamic State, a militant group that has overrun parts of Iraq and Syria and that released a video this week showing the execution of photojournalist James Foley.
“Jim Foley’s life stands in stark contrast to the killers,” Obama said, adding that “no just god would stand for what they do every day.”
“I would have liked to hear a bit more fire in that belly, especially because there is an American, another journalist that is being threatened to be beheaded by the same terror group,” said “Outnumbered” panelist Andrea Tantaros. “Where’s the ‘I’m going to bring them to justice?’ Where’s that Rose Garden press conference after Benghazi, fight and fervor? I think people are waiting for it, and again, we didn’t hear it.”
Tantaros recalling Obama’s “fight and fervor” in the White House Rose Garden after the Benghazi attacks flies in the face of conservative talking points on the tragedy. In the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks, conservatives insisted that the Obama administration had avoided branding the assault on the American consulate as terrorism because they were trying to cover up a scandal.
CNN host Candy Crowley infamously fact-checked Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in a 2012 debate after he insisted that the President made no reference to acts of terror in his Rose Garden statement. Obama did say in remarks from the Rose Garden on Sept. 12, the day after four Americans were killed in the attacks, that “no acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation.”
Watch Tantaros’ comments below:
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