Following the release of a video by ISIS that purports to show the beheading American journalist Steven Sotloff, Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen pressed the State Department's Jen Psaki on whether this most recent act of brutality against an American citizen means the U.S. is at war with ISIS.


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"Does the Obama administration consider this an act of war?" Rosen asked Psaki, who declined to put that label on the gruesome murder.

"Is there any doubt on your part or the part of the administration that the United States is at war with ISIS?" Rosen pressed, also asking if this will lead to more U.S. airstrikes against ISIS.

“A lot of Americans are sitting at home and they see Americans who are not even combatants, but who are journalists, being beheaded by this group overseas," Rosen said. "From a common sense point of view, the average American will say to himself, ‘This group is at war with us. Why does our president or our secretary of state not recognize that and say, 'Indeed, we are at war with this group and we will destroy them?’”

Psaki pointed out that the president has authorized more than 100 strikes in Iraq.

"The United States has done more than any other country in the world, whether it’s humanitarian assistance or military efforts, to take on the threat in Iraq," Psaki said. "So I think any American sitting at home should sit and look at actions we are taking. I don’t think it is a useful exercise to go back and forth about new terms. What’s important is what we are doing about it.”

Watch the clip above.


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