A new article from the Sunday Times claims President Obama delayed a rescue mission for James Foley and others for 30 days. Obama spent that time “fretting over his image”, playing golf and worrying his administration would be “Carterized” if the mission failed.
Sunday Times reported
“Pentagon sources said Foley and the others might well have been rescued but Obama, concerned about the ramifications of US troops being killed or captured in Syria, took too long to authorise the mission.”
The Sunday Times also claimed President Obama spent his 30 day rescue mission delay “agonizing over his decision” but Breitbart.com pointed out how many times he played golf during that time. Via Breitbart:
However, it also seems worth noting that the eventual timing of the mission may have made for a nice July 4th weekend announcement for Obama had the mission succeeded. Instead, Obama played golf on July 5th, as well as an additional six times in the month he is said to have spent agonizing over his decision, the delay of which may have cost journalist Foley his life.
Anthony Shaffer, a former lieutenant-colonel in US military intelligence who worked on covert operations, said: “I’m told it was almost a 30-day delay from when they said they wanted to go to when he finally gave the green light. They were ready togo in June to grab the guy [Foley] and they weren’t permitted.”
During that “agonizing” time, the President and First Lady planned a 15 day vacation to Martha’s Vineyard.