Retired Intel Officer: Foley Rescue Attempt Failed Because Obama ‘Dragged His Feet’

Larry O’Connor
The Washington Free Beacon

…Thursday morning, [Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (Ret.)] appeared on WMAL radio in Washington, D.C., to discuss the ISIS execution of American journalist James Foley earlier this week. He told me and co-host Brian Wilson that the recently revealed rescue attempt led by Special Forces earlier this summer failed because President Obama was slow to give the go-ahead:

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.



The complete article, with video, is at The Washington Free Beacon.


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…”Releasing information about classified operations serves no tactical nor strategic value. It certainly doesn’t help those folks who have to launch future missions,” said O’Shea.

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“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.”…


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“You think the Islamic state is going to release more hostages? We signed their death warrants!”…



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