The administration’s moving mouths went out of their way earlier in the week to stress how the President had authorized a rescue mission to free James Foley and other hostages from ISIS.
“The president authorized earlier this summer an operation to attempt the rescue of American citizens held by ISIL,” said one of two senior officials who provided information on the mission, using one of the acronyms that refer to the Islamic State.
“We had a combination of . . . intelligence that was sufficient to enable us to act on it,” the official said, and the military moved “very aggressively, very quickly to try and recover our citizens.”
The official said the effort “was not ultimately successful because the hostages were not present . . . at the site of the operation.” Other officials said the captives were believed to have been there but had been moved before the raid, possibly several weeks earlier.
In other words, according to the Obama administration, they did their very best but were, once again, hampered by faulty intelligence. The convenient thing about the Obama administration is their transparency. They’ve used the same excuses for failure so many times they’re easy to see through.
Now then for a view from the real world, here’s this. Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (Ret.) is a CIA-trained former senior intelligence officer who wrote the book Operation Dark Heart about the Special Operations successes in the early stages of the Afghanistan war.
I’m hearing from my friends in the Pentagon, they are giving him every single option way ahead of time. And let me give you a little secret here: The reason that raid into Syria failed to get Foley and those guys was because the president drug his feet. He waited too long, the intel got stale, and by the time we actually gave the “go” word it failed because we just didn’t react quick enough.
Bad intel? We think not. More like incompetent decision making that puts the lives of our military at risk. And to top off the insult, the White House released unit designations of the groups that were involved their failed “rescue.”
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