President Obama said Wednesday that the “entire world is appalled” by Syrian militants’ beheading of American journalist James Foley and he vowed that the United States would continue conducting airstrikes against terrorists in Iraq, despite threats by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) to kill another reporter in the days ahead.
Just minutes before the president’s speech, South Carolina Congressman Mick Mulvaney also responded to the beheading in an interview with Rock Hill station WRHI. Mulvaney said that, in the area of foreign policy, Americans can’t think that all people are basically just like us and the country has learned a hard lesson that some people are still living in the 9th century.
“They’re not going to respond to reason the way you and I would,” the congressman representing South Carolina’s Fifth District said. “They’re not going to respond to reason the way that even hardcore Democrats or hardcore Republicans would. It’s a different perspective on the world and there are only one or two things that people like that understand, and that’s power and I happen to support what the president did last week with the actions in Iraq against ISIS.”
Mulvaney said he does not agree with any president unilaterally calling the nation to war, saying Congress has a role. Mulvaney said he hopes President Obama will come to Congress with a solid plan and, if so, he will find more support in Congress than he thinks he has.
Mulvaney said he gets frustrated when world leaders say the Middle East is a problem, but look only to the U.S. to solve it. He said he was glad to see that British Prime Minister David Cameron say that, if need be, Great Britain would get involved in stopping ISIS.
“It’s a global problem. It’s a problem that all civilized nations face,” he said. “It’s not just us, it’s Western Civilization that they’re fighting against. And, if that’s the case, then Western Civilization needs to respond together. I was glad to the British take that step. We’ll see now if the Germans are willing to do something as well.”
Mulvaney said diplomats have to put the model of what the U.S. and its allies did in Japan and Germany after World War II to bed, saying that attempts to build democratic forms of government in Iraq and Afghanistan has not worked.
“Maybe there are some places in the world that are not ready for democracy,” he said. “Maybe there are some places in the world that are not ready for Western culture, and maybe us trying to impose that on people doesn’t necessarily have a good outcome.”