The death of aid worker Kayla Mueller, reportedly during a Jordanian airstrike on the Islamic State in the Syrian city of Raqa, is being exploited by the government as it moves to continue and expand its war in the Middle East.
Obama admin. blames IS for Jordanian airstrike that allegedly killed Mueller.
Praise for Mueller came a day before the Obama administration and members of Congress called for intensified military action against the U.S. trained terrorist army.
“Kayla dedicated her life to helping others in need at home and around the world,” Obama said in a statement on Tuesday. “ISIL is a hateful and abhorrent terrorist group whose actions stand in stark contrast to the spirit of people like Kayla.”
Obama specifically used the memory of Mueller when he promised to attack the Islamic State. “No matter how long it takes, the United States will find and bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible for Kayla’s captivity and death.”
Suspected terrorists are not “brought to justice” by the United States, but rather eliminated in drone strikes, renditioned to secret CIA torture chambers, or sent to the concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
“All Americans mourn the loss of Kayla Mueller, a compassionate young American who represented everything good about the human spirit,” said Secretary of State John Kerry.
“Kayla’s sense of values, her humanity and generosity, her idealism – this is what will endure, and it will endure long, long after the barbarity of ISIL is defeated.”
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel mentioned Mueller when he said the world is united in condemning the kidnapping, imprisonment and murder of innocent victims in Syria and Iraq.
“The tragic death of Kayla Mueller underscores the brutal nature of the enemy we face in ISIL, a group of terrorist thugs that has brought medieval savagery to the 21st century,” said House Speaker John Boehner.
One of the most ardent advocates of expanding the war in the Middle East, Arizona Senator John McCain, said the “thoughts and prayers of the people of Arizona, America, and the civilized world are with the Mueller family at this terrible hour.”
McCain stands accused of promoting ISIS and was photographed with its reported leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
On Wednesday Obama sent a formal request to Congress asking for authorization to intervene in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State.
“Obama sent his request to Congress a day after his administration confirmed the death of Kayla Mueller, a 26-year-old aid worker who was the last known American hostage held by the group,” Reuters reported on Thursday.
Some congressional Democrats complain that the authorization does not explicitly prohibit ground troops and its language is open for interpretation.
“The language… is very broad, very ambiguous,” said Democratic Representative Adam Schiff. “None of us really know what ‘enduring offensive combat operations’ means.”