MSNBC host Chris Matthews was not at all impressed Wednesday evening with President Obama's earlier statement on the ISIS beheading of American photojournalist James Foley, berating the commander in chief for his lackluster response to the terrorist group's many atrocities.
"I don't know why he used the word 'justice.' It's not appropriate here. This is an attack on our country, we have to react to it," Matthews said, referring to the president's remarks.
This is what Obama said during a brief news conference earlier that day: “When people harm Americans anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done and we act against ISIL, standing alongside others. The people of Iraq, who with our support are taking the fight to ISIL must continue coming together to expel these terrorists from their community.
“The people of Syria, whose story Jim Foley told, do not deserve to live under the shadow of a tyrant or terrorists. They have our support in their pursuit of a future rooted in dignity."
And it was this portion of Obama's press conference that upset Matthews.
"This is our country versus this group that's declared war on us. What's justice mean in this con -- I don't know why the word's used, like we're going to go to the World Court with this?" Matthews asked, adding later "... no American president can survive if he lets Americans be beheaded on international television with impunity. Impunity! He has to strike back, as an American, it's in our soul!”
Looks like the thrill is gone. Sad.