James Foley's Mother: "Our Efforts To Get Jim Freed Were An Annoyance" To The Government

Originally posted at RealClearPolitics.

DIANE FOLEY, MOTHER OF JAMES FOLEY: Jim was very passionate about freedom, freedom of the press, freedom for disadvantaged children, a chance for education. But I know had he survived this ordeal, he would have been very passionate about the need to make kidnapped citizens a priority. A priority for our country. and internationally to try to promote dialogue for some consensus and strategy.

ANDERSON COOPER: Because right now, there is not consensus.

FOLEY: There is not.

COOPER: European nations pay for their hostages. The U.S. says they’re unwilling to do that.

FOLEY: Exactly.

COOPER: You’re saying countries need to be on the same page?

FOLEY: Absolutely. And not only that, there needs to be international dialogue. The risk is becoming higher and higher. And I really feel that our country let Jim down.

ANDERSON COOPER: In what way?

FOLEY: Well, Anderson, we met wonderful people within our government, good people who cared, who wanted to help. But the reality of the bureaucracy and really — was such that we were not helped. We really weren’t.

COOPER: You didn’t feel like they were there for you, that they were really not? The U.S. government really was not?

FOLEY: Not at all. And yet, we don’t blame, I don’t want to blame people because that is going to help.

COOPER: So did you feel that your family, that Jim was a priority for the government?

FOLEY: No. We really didn’t. You know?

COOPER: And you saw that in what, in the resources that they had you interact with, the people they had you interact with? How did you get that sense?

FOLEY: As an American I was embarrassed and appalled. I think our efforts to get Jim freed were an annoyance, you know.

COOPER: An annoyance to the government?

FOLEY: Yes, Jim would’ve been saddened. Jim believed til the end that his country would come to their aid. We were — you know, asked to not go to the media. To just trust that it would be taken care of. We were told we could not raise ransom, that it was illegal. We might be prosecuted.

COOPER: You were told you would actually be prosecuted if you raise ransom?

FOLEY: Yes. That was a real possibility. Told that many times. We were told that our government would not exchange prisoners, would not do a military action. So, we were just told to trust that he would be freed somehow. Miraculously and he wasn’t, was he? We, Americans, failed him. It is nobody’s fault, it is just the fault of a lack of discussion around it and understanding of the problem.

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8 Comments

  • mo says:

    September 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    She is awful happy and smiling after having her son slaughtered. These videos are faked…did you see a head getting cut off? No.

  • Tim Burden says:

    September 14, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    If our govt doesn’t pay ransom for Americans held hostage or make prisoner exchanges then what were 5 prisoners exchanged for the American deserter Bergdahl in Afghanistan all about?

  • as says:

    September 14, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Mo – you are an idiot!

  • michelle says:

    September 14, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    It is not fake. None of the three that were beheaded were fake. Quit being nieve. I agree Tim. Prisoners were exchanged for Obama’s sake.

  • Rose crook says:

    September 15, 2014 at 3:10 AM

    What a lovely lady so sad , cannot imagine what she is going though , and iam astounded that they were told they would be prosecuted if they raised a ransom on there own , wonder what obama would do if it was his son in captivity ?

  • TGJohnson says:

    September 15, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Typically vacuous liberal to liberal “dialogue”: ” We, Americans, failed him. It is nobody’s fault, it is just the fault of a lack of discussion around it and understanding of the problem.” In the face of an intractable evil that challenges their worldview, they persist in hoping that mere discussion will result in some nebulous happy compromise. Sesame Street meets the Arabian Knights.

  • Scott Beard says:

    September 16, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Yes, Mo is an IDIOT. He’s/she’s obviously one of those Obama sheeple who will try to discredit anything that doesn’t shine a positive light on his/her Messiah. Doesn’t matter how stupid it makes them look, they just keep defending Obama.

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