Decision to release details of failed raid to free James Foley backfires on White House

posted at 8:41 am on August 21, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Late Wednesday, just 24-hours after Islamic State militants released a video featuring the execution of American journalist James Foley, American officials revealed that they tried to rescue him and other American hostages in a “complicated operation.” Unfortunately, however, that operation failed.

The mission aimed at freeing Foley and others from ISIS captivity resembled in many ways the covert operation which resulted in the neutralization of Osama bin Laden.

“The airborne raid into Syria was launched using modified Black Hawk helicopters,” The Washington Post revealed. “They were with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, an elite group of aviators that frequently operates with the Army’s Delta Force, Navy SEALs and other U.S. commandos in hair-raising missions across the world.”

Yet when American commandos arrived at the area where they believed ISIS was holding American prisoners, Pentagon Spokesman Admiral John Kirby disclosed, “The hostages were not present at the targeted location.” Several ISIS fighters were killed in a firefight with American Special Forces before the raid ended unsuccessfully.

So, why release this information at all? Some suggest that President Barack Obama’s administration has a political incentive to publicize details of the failed raid in the wake of Foley’s death. Operationally, it makes little sense to reveal American Special Forces tactics, particularly in a case in which those tactics were foiled. Some unnamed Pentagon officials agree.

“Two Defense Department officials, who spoke separately on the condition of anonymity because of the operation’s delicate nature, expressed anger at the administration for revealing the mission,” The New York Times reported. “One of the officials said the aborted raid had alerted the militants to the Americans’ desire and willingness to try to rescue the hostages, and, in the aftermath, had probably forced the captors to tighten their security.”

According to a National Security Council statement, the administration was simply trying to get ahead of reporters who were going to reveal the details of the raid with or without government collaboration. The administration, the NSC claims, would have preferred to have been able to keep this failed mission a secret indefinitely.

“We never intended to disclose this operation,” said National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden. “An overriding concern for the safety of the hostages and for operational security made it imperative that we preserve as much secrecy as possible.”

“We only went public today when it was clear a number of media outlets were preparing to report on the operation and that we would have no choice but to acknowledge it,” she added.

Why, then, not simply confirm that the raid occurred to press outlets making that inquiry? Why release details of the forces and equipment used, the faction of ISIS responsible for the hostages, and the mission goals? In a conference call with reporters, officials said that the administration wanted to keep the failed raid a secret in order to “preserve future opportunities” to mount further rescue missions.

American reporter Steven Sotloff remains in ISIS captivity and the fundamentalist group has threatened to execute him next if American airstrikes in Iraq continue.


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David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog 1h

Meet the firebrand cleric who inspires 1000s of ISIS fighters: a deadbeat fraud convict from Dearborn, MI http://www.freep.com/article/20140821/NEWS02/308210052/ISIS-cleric-Dearborn-Ahmad-Jebril

Bmore on August 21, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Question for everyone here on HA: Do you feel like the media may be turning on Obama as it concerns the golf issue? Was the game of golf yesterday and the knowledge that he played golf all week last week while KNOWING Foley literally had the sword of Damocles hanging over his head a bridge too far for his faithful media apologists?

djl130 on August 21, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Answer = NO.

They would continue to blow this president if he himself were hacking the head off a tortured baby.

MistyLane on August 21, 2014 at 10:39 AM

They would continue to blow this president if he himself were hacking the head off a tortured baby.

MistyLane on August 21, 2014 at 10:39 AM

And pat themselves on the back for “doing the right thing” and being “down for the cause”.

rhombus on August 21, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Once again Obama has his head up a very dark place, and loves to give away operational secrets to the enemy. This President continues to do more harm to the US then ISIS. What a benefit to the courtry if we could trade him for the other prisoner.

leader4hru on August 21, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Democrats don’t have to actually succeed at anything, they just have to try and that’s good enough for the hive-mind.

rhombus on August 21, 2014 at 8:51 AM

They aren’t results oriented.

crankyoldlady on August 21, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Retweeted by Noah Rothman
Think AgainTurn Away ‏@ThinkAgain_DOS 1h

An #ISIS leader and press officer both killed in Tabqa Airbase attack in #Syria #thinkagainturnaway

Good.

Bmore on August 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Obama Doctrine: Bad guys run free at home and abroad.

faraway on August 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Let me see if I can get the quote right.

“This is all Bush’s fault. Because he was _______ (fill in the adjective/s), therefore Obama. ”

Signed,

Pincher Martin et al.

USNCVN on August 21, 2014 at 9:28 AM

If you want to check back in on the Bush Ice Bucket thread, I stuck a final knife in Pinch’s back a couple of hours ago. But he won’t see it until later today, because those OWS types always sleep until at least 1 PM!

Del Dolemonte on August 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM

I still am very doubtful that Osama was killed in that raid. No proof of death other than the lying Obama regime’s (name a time Obama has told the truth). No body and then all of the SEAL Team is blown out of the sky in Afghanistan.

jukin3 on August 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Question for everyone here on HA: Do you feel like the media may be turning on Obama as it concerns the golf issue? Was the game of golf yesterday and the knowledge that he played golf all week last week while KNOWING Foley literally had the sword of Damocles hanging over his head a bridge too far for his faithful media apologists?

djl130 on August 21, 2014 at 8:56 AM

NO.
Read the news articles and see how exactly the media framed this yesterday. You’ll find that they proudly pronounce that the Golfer interrupted his vacation to return to DC. To the no-information voter, this looks like he rushed back because of Ferguson and Foley…while “Congress” (meaning Republicans) are STILL on vacation. Remember this trip back to DC was scheduled before he left initially.

Even if they were ‘turning on him’ what does it matter now. We are still stuck with him for 2 more years.

And don’t think Chrissy Matthews et al won’t be back in his lap next month when Congress returns. The beheading will be the fault of the Republicans. They will do everything they can before the election to continue to attempt to keep the Senate.

Guarantee the first words out of Golfer’s mouth in September will be “I returned to Washington during my vacation to fix things but the Republicans weren’t there!”

I could rant more but don’t have time right now! Thanks for the question, djl.

Brat on August 21, 2014 at 10:55 AM

We should have elected a better golfer

faraway on August 21, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Let me outline things. The media outlets would never have known about, much less been ready to publish, details of the operation, without leaks from the White House. These leaks “prompted” defense and intelligence sources to clarify the record (White House officials, being callow and jejune, never get the details right.) DC is fun!

Esaus Message on August 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Son Tay redux.

It happens, but the image of all this with Little Zero more concerned about trying to sink a putt on the 10th green does not play in Peoria.

Question for everyone here on HA: Do you feel like the media may be turning on Obama as it concerns the golf issue? Was the game of golf yesterday and the knowledge that he played golf all week last week while KNOWING Foley literally had the sword of Damocles hanging over his head a bridge too far for his faithful media apologists?

djl130 on August 21, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Could be. They seem to be taking this one very seriously, even more than the murder of Daniel Pearl.

formwiz on August 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM

What other favorite Prestident sponsored a raid that failed? Let me see now……..helicopters……sandstorm……..Jimmy beer……..peanuts.

Herb on August 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM

PS We haven’t heard from Ned since the Ferguson narrative came unstuck.

Could Pincher be Ned incognito?

formwiz on August 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM

The Carter parallels are strong with this presidency…

DominusNovus on August 21, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Obama makes Carter look like a great president. Mission impossible accomplished.

Wade on August 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Del Dolemonte on August 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Must really be bothering him. He’s up early. ; )

Bmore on August 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Must really be bothering him. He’s up early. ; )

Bmore on August 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM

More likely mother-in-law bulldog get away.

Wade on August 21, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Not Bush nor a general. Paul Bremer uttered those famous words, We Got Him

Brat on August 21, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Bremer. I knew it wasn’t Bush. And I seemed to recall he was wearing a suit rather than a uniform. And no one had to sit through an hour of I, me I, me, my, I, I I I I I I I …

Judge_Dredd on August 21, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Why, then, not simply confirm that the raid occurred to press outlets making that inquiry?

Why does a young convict, newly imprisoned, talk about all the vicious crimes he’s committed and all the people he’s harmed?
Because he’s weak and doesn’t want anyone to know it…

Obama is deflecting blame. The mission failed, as missions sometimes do. But he knows that he is a foreign-policy weakling and needs to display any military action he can to put up a front of being tough. Not for ISIS but for the American Public.

jbspry on August 21, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Hey, don’t blame me, I voted for Republican presidents since 1972.

SC.Charlie on August 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Obama makes Carter look like a great president. Mission impossible accomplished.

Wade on August 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Yeah. As delusional and namby-pamby/wishy-washy as Carter was, he took his job seriously and put a lot of effort into doing it well, as he saw it.

This guy ain’t nothing but a playa…

jbspry on August 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Why reveal this all indeed. Presumably we still have active operations looking for the other kidnapped journalist . If so this is now compromised if the ISIS people didn’t know about this yet. President chump just endangered this journalist and our special ops guys by alerting the bad guys. The only reason is to cover obamas rear end. There is no up side to the release of this info. except for CYA. Contempt doesn’t do my feelings for him justice.

warmairfan on August 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM

American reporter Steven Sotloff remains in ISIS captivity and the fundamentalist group has threatened to execute him next if American airstrikes in Iraq continue.

The fundamentalist group? That’s how you describe these barbarians? Using the same language that your lefty pals would use to describe most evangelical Christians? Poor word choice, Noah.

Texas Zombie on August 21, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Obama has no reservations about wasting the lives of our service members. Carter did have reservations about wasting the lives of our men in uniform.

astonerii on August 21, 2014 at 9:04 AM

One huge difference here is that Carter served in uniform, and did so honorably (he was in the Navy), Obama has never served anyone else in his life.

ConstantineXI on August 21, 2014 at 11:26 AM

What a load of $hit from this administration. Trying to take credit for missions that never happened. They just keep feeding it to us like they did the bin Laden killing. I don’t believe for a second that bin Laden was killed in the raid. Only the naive would believe that the body was wisked off to the Arabian Gulf for a burial at sea. Show us the pictures of the dead body. Of course Obozo could order the SEALs not to disclose that it’s a sham. Not to mention the ambush that led to the killing of all the special forces when their helo was shot down.

I guess we have at least two years to wait to see the tell-all book detailing all the bull, and that Obozo was really born in Kenya…

stacman on August 21, 2014 at 11:27 AM

This may make some think I am a medieval barbarian,but I’ve been saying all along about ISIS/ISIL that I don’t want drones, hellfires, smart bombs, or Tomahawks used against them. I want Arclight, napalm, white phosphorous, CBUs, and daisy cutters. I want them on the receiving end of what we gave the IJA at Iwo and Okinawa, what we gave the PLA at Frozen Chosin, and what we gave Charley and the NVA in Nam. I want their bodies scorched so even the DNA won’t identify them. I want these barbarians, whose acts of brutality would have shamed Saladin to feel the full brutality of mid 20 the Century war. Am I wrong?

xkaydet65 on August 21, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Classic example of Obama admin complaints/critiques from the right…

‘Why don’t you do something!’
‘Why did you do something?!’

verbaluce on August 21, 2014 at 11:36 AM

The boob-in-chief was trying to cover his incompetent rear end and show what a tremendous hero he is. What an incompetent fool, and a disgrace to our country. God help us survive two more years of his partisan, progressive liberal, incompetence.

ultracon on August 21, 2014 at 11:36 AM

‘Why don’t you do something!’
‘Why did you do something?!’

verbaluce on August 21, 2014 at 11:36 AM

I think any days like that have long since passed, Verbie. No conservative ever expected him do do anything except further himself. In fact at this point most Americans have long since tuned him out. Like San Fran Nan. Oh sure. Leftist idiots like you will continue to be teary-eyed in his presence. But you’re little more than a male Jessica Valenti.

Judge_Dredd on August 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Obama made have “why don’t you do something” we fault him for giving out so many details and further jeopardize future rescue attempts. Obama seemed more upset that more muslims were murdered by Isis than any other group. Obama has no empathy for the 2 star general or any of the Christians being killed in the Middle East and Nigeria. He seems so aloof.

garydt on August 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM

So when our special ops succeed in killing Bin Laden, Obama gets no credit. When a mission fails, Obama designed the mission and can be blamed for it’s failure. Got it.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2014 at 8:54 AM

We didn’t need to give him credit. There are video compilations of him patting his own back a couple hundred times.

AND it was Hillary that gave the order anyway.

Remember this? “Osama is dead and GM is alive!”

dogsoldier on August 21, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Rumpelstiltskin had the right idea. Wake me up when 2017 gets here.

Carnac on August 21, 2014 at 11:55 AM

said National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden. “An overriding concern for the safety of the hostages and for operational security made it imperative that we preserve as much secrecy as possible.”

“We only went public today when it was clear a number of media outlets were preparing to report on the operation and that we would have no choice but to acknowledge it,” she added.

Scumhag, how did the media find out?

This s/b kept secret for at least 50 years.

Also, recall when muzzie convert Brennan found it risible that a “caliphate might be established”?

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2014 at 11:57 AM

God damn all the fools in the admin.

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Scumhags & guineaworms!

Judge_Dredd on August 21, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Cheers, street judge!

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM

I did not vote for this resident and I do not support his major policies. But I am pleased that he at least gave the go ahead for an attempted rescue operation. I try to give the man his due when he attempts something positive. We should all do that.

TMink on August 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Why would this administration release the details of such a failed mission…?

d1carter on August 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM

So when our special ops succeed in killing Bin Laden, Obama gets no credit. When a mission fails, Obama designed the mission and can be blamed for it’s failure. Got it.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Thats right.

But since you made the comment, what credit should he receive, and he should receive credit for doing what, exactly?

As a point of reference, who got the credit for the success of Operation Overlord? (I don’t expect you to list their names, but there are several hundred thousand of them). And who was ready to take the blame if it failed?

Que the Final Jeopardy music…..

BobMbx on August 21, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Looks like the leftists came in and made one comment and left. Libfreeordie can’t answer basic questions?

garydt on August 21, 2014 at 12:14 PM

But I am pleased that he at least gave the go ahead for an attempted rescue operation. I try to give the man his due when he attempts something positive. We should all do that.

TMink on August 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM

I’ll bet you a frosty mug of…something….that he didn’t approve the mission. While he did have to authorize it, I’m saying he was the only one on the WH property who wasn’t screaming to do it. I’m even guessing VJ herself saw the end of the Obama legacy if he did not and it leaked out.

IOW, he was forced to eat his broccoli.

BobMbx on August 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Why would this administration release the details of such a failed mission…?

d1carter on August 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM

One reason is to impress the no-information voters. They have said before and will say again “See, at least he’s trying!!!”

Brat on August 21, 2014 at 12:16 PM

So, why release this information at all?

Because he wants to be like Jimmy Carter?

My real answer: because he wanted to change the conversation, since Ferguson is flopping. Holder needs some quiet time to crank out a civil rights violation. They needed to point the MSM away from Ferguson. Cant have the wrong evidence popping up. Some fool witness might blow it to the MSM

We need the timeline of rescue. They knew the rescue failed

Then Obama heads out to play golf and dance the Conga, knowing at some point a head will be chopped. He probably had the speech ready. Holder got to Ferguson about in time for the execution.

Question for everyone here on HA: Do you feel like the media may be turning on Obama as it concerns the golf issue? Was the game of golf yesterday and the knowledge that he played golf all week last week while KNOWING Foley literally had the sword of Damocles hanging over his head a bridge too far for his faithful media apologists?
djl130 on August 21, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Obama diminished the importance of beheading Foley by making the point most of the victims were other people (i.e. muslims)

oh and some Christians

He gave them a signal Matthews is trying to compile. I have full confidence the press will latch onto the muslim victim connection, maybe in time for the other poor captive to get his. This it will be a generic evil, not just Americans, and world problems take second place to Al Sharpton giving a speech

The MSM will follow because they believe Obama is them. They are one. He is not The One. They are One with Him

entagor on August 21, 2014 at 12:19 PM

So when our special ops succeed in killing Bin Laden, Obama gets no credit. When a mission fails, Obama designed the mission and can be blamed for it’s failure. Got it.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Eternal fool and squirrel, I give him credit:

He single-handed killed osama. I have no proof of it but I believe him/you.

He divulged too much, via Biden, and almost all the SEALs are dead, due to him, Biden and the likes of you.

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Classic example of Obama admin complaints/critiques from the right…
 
‘Why don’t you do something!’
‘Why did you do something?!’
 
verbaluce on August 21, 2014 at 11:36 AM

 
Classic example of Obama admin true-believers thought process from progressives.
 
Because grinding beans to make a fresh pot coffee while your toddler chokes on a hot dog is also “doing something”.

rogerb on August 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM

entagor on August 21, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Forgot to add: the same way ‘militarization of the police’ became a talking point for the MSM,

1. To taint the jury
2. to turn the people against local policing

‘most of the victims are muslim’ will become the new talking point, if they can pull it off.

1. to get Americans ashamed for thinking just about American interests
2. to remove the obligation for the WH to stop ISIS
3. to take the onus off islam for islamic terror

entagor on August 21, 2014 at 12:30 PM

‘Why don’t you do something!’
‘Why did you do something?!’

verbaluce on August 21, 2014 at 11:36 AM

I think any days like that have long since passed, Verbie. No conservative ever expected him do do anything except further himself. In fact at this point most Americans have long since tuned him out. Like San Fran Nan. Oh sure. Leftist idiots like you will continue to be teary-eyed in his presence. But you’re little more than a male Jessica Valenti.

Judge_Dredd on August 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Look, you’re the type that will never be able to shed the angst you feel over the success of the OBL raid. Let it go. I’m glad that mission was successful and sure as heck wish the Foley one had been as well. I’m confident Obama as well as most every clear eyed conservative you think you represent agrees with me.
And I think though you flail at Obama, you’re attacking the US Military here. These guys are dedicated pros who bring the prez their best plans – with both of them clear that nothing is guaranteed and that lives will be risked. Then you come in from the peanut gallery with snark about it.
I’m just not impressed.

P.S. Man, how obsessed are you with Jessica Valenti to force that reference?

verbaluce on August 21, 2014 at 12:31 PM

If you want to check back in on the Bush Ice Bucket thread, I stuck a final knife in Pinch’s back a couple of hours ago. But he won’t see it until later today, because those OWS types always sleep until at least 1 PM!

Del Dolemonte on August 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Hahaha I saw it. And it was indeed epic. :-)

Jack_Burton on August 21, 2014 at 12:32 PM

So do y’all remember Obama’s “One Chance” campaign ad?
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD75KOoNR9k
 
Be sure to watch at 40 seconds.

rogerb on August 21, 2014 at 12:41 PM

“We only went public today when it was clear a number of media outlets were preparing to report…”

This is the kind of crap (and the only kind of crap) that motivates this administration into action (and the only kind of action).

Tsar of Earth on August 21, 2014 at 12:50 PM

P.S. Man, how obsessed are you with Jessica Valenti to force that reference?

verbaluce on August 21, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Her picture keeps popping up on the Young Conservatives website. I’ve seen enough faux intellectualism over the years to put your name with her face. Possibly right down to those nit infested white “dreads” she has. You libtard leftists are not an attractive people. And most of you know it. If not directly, subliminally.

Judge_Dredd on August 21, 2014 at 1:23 PM

The answer is “we can neither confirm nor deny”, not “yes, and here are all the details”. As has been stated, the last time they did that, many good men died. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen again. God forgive us for electing this man…twice.

jnelchef on August 21, 2014 at 1:25 PM

No surprise that the mission was a failure:

We had a military-hating, clueless doofus in the White House. It would have been a huge surprise if any military mission succeeded under his command.

Just like Carter…only with much less experience.

landlines on August 21, 2014 at 2:26 PM

So when our special ops succeed in killing Bin Laden, Obama gets no credit. When a mission fails, Obama designed the mission and can be blamed for it’s failure. Got it.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Yeah, other than the part about Obama getting zero credit for OBL, and the part about people “blaming Obama” for the mission failure, you’re pretty much spot on.

Classic example of Obama admin complaints/critiques from the right…

‘Why don’t you do something!’
‘Why did you do something?!’

verbaluce on August 21, 2014 at 11:36 AM

And you, other than the part about people criticizing him for even attempting a rescue, have the right of this as well.

The Schaef on August 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM

This is administration is so dangerous to America as a whole and more specifically our military. As someone who has chased bad guys all over the world, it is appalling to us of how much he puts our lives in danger. What is worse is we still have to live on the edge for another two more years and he has decimated our ability to fight for a decade or more to come with all of the defense cutbacks in NECESSARY areas. I agree there is some waste in DoD and should be eliminated but a scalpel was not used but a butchers knife. Releasing operational video is against so much of what we hold close and he JUST doesn’t care!!

btw, to all those stating UBL is not dead, this is one area that is NOT a conspiracy, he was fish food on or about 1 May 2011.

g2825m on August 21, 2014 at 3:24 PM

This may make some think I am a medieval barbarian,but I’ve been saying all along about ISIS/ISIL that I don’t want drones, hellfires, smart bombs, or Tomahawks used against them. I want Arclight, napalm, white phosphorous, CBUs, and daisy cutters. (…) I want these barbarians, whose acts of brutality would have shamed Saladin to feel the full brutality of mid 20 the Century war. Am I wrong?

xkaydet65 on August 21, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Absolutely not. But for our convenience, I’d like to use some of our BIG nukes to take out at least some of their cities. Using the little stuff may be individually painful, but it’s inefficient at mass slaughter. And let me be clear, mass slaughter of the Enemy is what I want. Not this one-head-at-a-time crap they do. Let the 8th Century feel the force of the 21st Century, and die.

BTW: How do you feel about chemical weapons: nerve gas, etc? As long as they’re not observing the Geneva Conventions, why should we?

ReggieA on August 21, 2014 at 3:54 PM

In libturdland, failure is success. So failing to rescue hostages is a success because the intention was good…get it?

Bleed_thelizard on August 21, 2014 at 6:01 PM

The answer is “we can neither confirm nor deny”, not “yes, and here are all the details”. As has been stated, the last time they did that, many good men died. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen again. God forgive us for electing this man…twice.

jnelchef

This ^^^^^^^^^^

ugottabekiddingme on August 21, 2014 at 7:08 PM

How did those media outlets know about this unless someone leaked it? Who would do such a thing? I’m guessing it’s the staff of that place that rhymes with Bright Mouse.

Bitter Clinger on August 21, 2014 at 9:10 AM

I’m pretty sure that no one in this Regime, including some top brass in the military, could pass a real Security Clearance.

These people have no soul and the only important things to them are their own selves and image. Remember, Biden was barely moved in to the VP quarters when he revealed the location and nature of the top secret Naval Observatory Bunker built to safe keep the VP and staff. And why? Just to brag about how “plugged in” he is.

Trade in security for vanity every time.

Reuben Hick on August 21, 2014 at 7:08 PM

A random thought:

Perhaps there was no rescue mission at all, and Valerie “Valsputin” Jarrett “created” one out of thin air to show that Barry had at least “tried” to do something. Why would that be necessary? To cover Obama’s butt when the next journalist is beheaded.

Colony14 on August 21, 2014 at 7:38 PM

A random thought:

Perhaps there was no rescue mission at all, and Valerie “Valsputin” Jarrett “created” one out of thin air to show that Barry had at least “tried” to do something. Why would that be necessary? To cover Obama’s butt when the next journalist is beheaded.

Colony14 on August 21, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Now that you mention it, Erick Erickson has a theory based on contacts in the military and government that the mission was done knowing that the hostages were not there, for the reason you mentioned.

slickwillie2001 on August 21, 2014 at 8:11 PM

‘Why don’t you do something!’
‘Why did you do something?!’

verbaluce on August 21, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Conservatives never thought that revealing the details of a covert operation purely for political gain was the thing to do.

corkie on August 22, 2014 at 12:14 AM

More impeachment lines is all.

TX-96 on August 22, 2014 at 6:33 AM

‘Why don’t you do something!’
‘Why did you do something?!’

verbaluce on August 21, 2014 at 11:36 AM

True or false postulation for ya….

You give obama all the credit for the attempted rescue mission…

But you give obama none of the blame for the mission’s failure…

And you give obama none of the blame for releasing ops intel…

In other words, you give obama credit for doing something, then you give him credit for not doing something. And you don’t see how utterly stupid your above quote is?

Don’t even bother answering you miserable hypocrite.

runawayyyy on August 22, 2014 at 9:39 AM

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