Obama: Families of Hostages Told Me ‘Gov’t Agencies Aren’t Always Coordinated’
BARACK OBAMA: "Moreover, the families of hostages have told us, and they have told me directly, that their frequent frustrations in dealing with their own government. How different departments and agencies aren't always coordinated, how there's been confusion and conflicting information about what the government is prepared to do to help, how they have often felt lost in the bureaucracy and how in some cases families feel that they have been threatened for exploring certain options to bring their loved ones home. That's totally unacceptable. As I have gotten to know some of these families and heard some of these stories, it has been my solemn commitment to make sure that they feel fully supported in their efforts to get their families home and that there is a synching up of what I know to be sincere, relentless efforts within government and the families who obviously have one priority and one priority only and that's getting their loved ones back. These families have already suffered enough and they should never feel ignored or victimized by their own government. Diane Foley, whose son, Jim, was killed last year said as Americans we can do better. I totally agree."