Secretary of State John Kerry had harsh words for ISIS (or ISIL) in a statement to the media and on Twitter.
Business Insider has more:
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the extremist Islamic group that brutally murdered an American journalist by execution would be “crushed,” echoing strong words from President Barack Obama earlier in the day.
In a heavily personal statement, Kerry mourned the death of James Foley, the journalist. He called the group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), the “face” of a new “evil in this world,” saying the U.S. would continue to confront ISIS “wherever it tries to spread its despicable hatred.” And he said the group must be “destroyed.”
Kerry also trash-talked ISIS on Twitter:
After President Barack Obama talked tough against ISIS on Wednesday, he immediately headed back to the golf course. As for Secretary Kerry, he just got back from the Solomon Islands where he was fighting global warming.
The White House is considering the option of wielding military action against ISIS. However, according to the Associated Press, the Obama administration may send fewer than 300 U.S. troops to Iraq to serve as military advisers.
While rhetoric is important, ISIS doesn’t care about Twitter tough talk and only understands overwhelming force. The U.S. is at war, whether the Obama administration recognizes it or not.