Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday said that President Barack Obama’s strategy against the Islamic group ISIS was “himself” because he had promised to use his “understanding” of Muslims to prevent crimes like beheadings.
On Wednesday’s edition of Fox & Friends, Hasselbeck noted that the White House and State Department had refused to say that the United States was at “war” with ISIS after the beheading of a second American was confirmed this week.
“I mean, why isn’t it clear?” she asked. “We have a number of troops assigned to hold down and secure our forces there in Baghdad. We have air strikes occurring right now. We’ve got confusing language when it seems like war.”
“We have two American journalists beheaded. I’m not sure what more cause for war we need,” Hasselbeck opined, adding that the president had referred to the beheadings as “crimes against these fine young men.”
“Civilized terminology for something so barbaric. Why is he so afraid to call a spade a spade?”
Co-host Brian Kilmeade argued that Obama was “screaming about minimum wage and fair pay” when he should be educating Americans about terrorist threats.
“You look back to 2007 and the president alluded to the fact that he thought it would change the world once he was inaugurated, that he would be able to understand Muslims,” Hasselbeck remarked. “And, therefore, crimes like this would not occur, and the world would be safer because he had understanding.”
“Well, years later, it doesn’t seem to be working,” she insisted. “So his strategy seemed to be himself. Not a good one.”
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Sept. 3, 2014.