"He waited too long, the intel got stale."
There's a familiar pattern here with Bin Laden and Bill Clinton. Obama didn't agree to go after Bin Laden until he decided that he could take him prisoner and use him to dismantle Guantanamo Bay.
Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (Ret.) is a CIA-trained former senior intelligence officer who wrote the book Operation Dark Heart about the Special Operations successes in the early stages of the Afghanistan war.
He also famously reported to Congress that part of the intelligence breakdown prior to the 9/11 attacks was due to communications failures between the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency’s “Able Danger” project which had identified Mohamed Attah’s terror cell in Brooklyn in 2000.
"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."
As Bill Clinton said on 9/10/01, he would gotten Bin Laden if not for all the collateral damage.