American journalist Jim Foley was murdered on camera by the slugs of the cult of the moon god and his murderous, pedophile prophet. The US’s passivity on the murder, hell, the US’s passivity on the advance of the soi-disant Caliphate in Syria and Iraq (and the advance of completely unrelated Shia extremists in Yemen, which also caught the “policy establishment”
napping golfing), has become such a domestic political problem, that the Administration, as sensitive to domestic press as they are blind to American interests overseas, felt compelled to do something.
So, what did they do?
Leaked a JSOC operation.
You can read the report of the “senior administration official” (Rice? Power? Hagel? Kerry? Someone indifferent to the success and survival of our special operators, so it could be any of those duds)’s classified-dump to chosen sock-puppet Nancy Youssef of McClatchy.
The purpose of Youssef’s article about the raid is transparently to combat the reputation of the President as someone with more dedication to improving his chip shot than correcting his record of national security weakness and failure. Like her reporting on the slaying of Osama bin Laden, she makes Obama the hero of the piece:
The U.S. operation was authorized by President Barack Obama after several threads of intelligence indicated where the hostages were being held, senior administration officials said in a briefing to reporters.
This political leak is reminiscent of the 1980 leak by Jimmy Carter of the US development of stealth aircraft. That leak was ordered by Carter in an attempt to undermine the public’s understanding of his weakness on defense and lack of effort and effect in foreign policy.
It was deliberate — a briefing by senior officials of reporters — and contained details that expose TTPs needlessly.
The raiding force consisted of members from nearly every U.S. military service and was supported by fixed wing, rotary and surveillance aircraft. They arrived at the site by air, conducted a search by foot and when they discovered that the hostages were not there, left, the officials said, taking hostile fire along the way.
One operator was injured when fired upon while in the air.
Gee, it breaks our heart than only one of your enemies was wounded, Nancy (and “senior officials”). Better luck next time, since you’ve done what you can to help the enemy out.
Many feared Obama on foreign and defense policy prior to his election. “Jimmy Carter: Now Available in Black” was one wag’s contribution to the Twitter debate. But Glenn Reynolds has been saying for years that the Carter failure was a best case for the Obama years.
It really says something that American warriors willingly put their lives on the line to rescue reporters, while the reporters in turn apply their bylines to try to get the warriors killed.
If they were golf pros in Martha’s Vineyard, these “senior officials” and reporters might care about them.
Nancy Youssef, the other reporters, and you leakers: God damn your souls.