November 4, 2014

Administration Delayed Foley Rescue

In August, ISIL beheaded American journalist James Foley. It wasn’t long before the Pentagon released a report saying it had attempted a Special Forces mission to rescue Foley earlier this summer. Clearly, the administration released this information to save face after Foley’s murder, though they claimed it was to preempt imminent media reports. Now it seems there’s more delay behind the story. Fox News reports, “As early as May, the Obama administration had strong and specific information about the location of American James Foley and other hostages held in Syria, a source close to the discussions told Fox News, but the rescue mission was not approved until early July. The gap raises new and compelling questions about whether the operation to save the American and British hostages was unnecessarily delayed for at least five weeks because the administration wanted the intelligence to develop further.” Who knows if an earlier mission would have been successful, but the point is they didn’t even try until it was too late. More…

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