Obama's poll numbers come ahead of the lives of Americans.
It's a good thing that the US launched a rescue operation to free the hostages. It's unfortunate that it failed, but it's the sort of thing that you expect America to do for Americans.
But that good goes out the window when you announce, for no reason whatsoever, that the United States has conducted a rescue operation.
It's even worse when there are other hostages in danger. It alerts ISIS that the United States might launch another rescue operation.
It puts their lives in danger and the lives of American soldiers.
There was absolutely no reason to release that information except to provide positive press for Obama after an ugly event.
“The airborne raid into Syria was launched using modified Black Hawk helicopters,” The Washington Post revealed. “They were with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, an elite group of aviators that frequently operates with the Army’s Delta Force, Navy SEALs and other U.S. commandos in hair-raising missions across the world.”
And they do better when their operations aren't splashed all over the headlines.
“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.”
But Obama's poll numbers come first. Ahead of national security. Ahead of the lives of Americans first.