President Obama condemned the brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley by the terrorist group ISIL (also known as ISIS) today from his vacation at Martha’s Vineyard.
“So ISIL speaks for no religion, their victims are overwhelmingly Muslims, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day,” stated President Obama, noted Mediaite.com (video below). “ISIL has no ideology with any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt.”
The president later promised, "The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people. We will be vigilant and we will be relentless. When people harm Americans anywhere, we do what is necessary to see that justice is done.”
However, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx.) claimed on “The Wilkow Majority” radio show on SiriusXM today that President Obama would not protect the U.S. from ISIL because of the influence of his “Muslim brothers.”
“If you’re Commander-in-Chief you can’t be listening to Muslim brothers advise on when it’s time to stop destroying Muslim brothers,” stated Rep. Gohmert, noted ThinkProgress.org.
“[The] six top advisers to President Obama are Muslim brothers,” added Rep. Gohmert. “These are the advisers who have open doors for them to the president himself."
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Rep. Gohmert was apparently referring to the debunked right wing conspiracy theory that members of the Muslim Brotherhood have infiltrated the U.S. government.
That claim was refuted in 2012 by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and John Brennan, President Obama's then-top counterterrorism adviser, now head of the CIA, noted The Huffington Post.
Rep. Gohmert failed to mention the numerous drone attacks launched by President Obama against Islamic terrorists in Muslim countries, including ISIL in Iraq this month, noted The New York Times.