August 21, 2014

Jim Foley Should Be Remembered

From Powerline:
When it comes to combating ISIS, the Obama administration has precious few successes to talk about. So today it touted a failure:

U.S. Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to rescue photojournalist James Foley and other Americans being held in Syria by Islamic State militants, according to senior Obama administration officials.

The attempt, involving several dozen U.S. commandos, one of whom was injured in a fierce firefight with the militants, was the first known U.S. ground operation in Syria since the country’s descent into civil war. It came after at least six European hostages freed by the militants last spring had been debriefed by U.S. intelligence.

This information comes right after the beheading of ISIS hostage Jim Foley. Obviously, Team Obama wants to show the American public that it did what it could to save Foley, and it should be commended for the attempt.
But the end results were the same as President Carter's effort to rescue the Iran embassy hostages. The world would be a better place if Mr. Foley was rescued.

The following video clip is an example of the fine work that Jim Foley accomplished and the dangers he faced while embedded with US troops.  Jim Foley filmed an ambush of a 101st Airborne patrol in 2010. The son of some friends of ours was a sergeant on one of the MRAP's that came under attack. The turret gunner received a head wound (concussion as the bullet entered the helmet and bounced along his skull) but miraculously returned to combat duties a few days later. He was in theater only two days when this happened. Another GI wasn't as fortunate...

Our friends' son appears at the 3:07 mark.

Jim Foley, rest in peace while your Commander-in-Chief looks for his balls.

While Obama was looking for his balls, he accidently got his thumb stuck up his ass.
From the Washington Free Beacon:
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.


Euripides said...

As far as progressivism goes, trying counts just as much as succeeding. That's why we give ribbons to all the boys and girls who participated in school races. It's insensitive to expect quality and results.

sig94 said...

Euripides - I used to hate going to my kid's award assemblies in school. They lasted forever so that every clown got something. Many of the awards made no sense at all.