yes, but plots do occur. We should have pulled our Ambassador out a long time ago. Obama could have ridden high through the election, the Ambassador had been captured, then rescued by one of our special forces groups. Why didn't they come in when the SEALs entered and complicated things? It looks like that just wasn't accounted for.
I think after the first debate, Obama's team felt like they needed a great surprise. A rescue would have fit the bill. I understand trying to avoid the conspiracy theory thing, but desperate people do desperate things and Obama's allies were desperate. A LOT of money and power is at stake.
Panetta’s excuse wreaked of FEAR and COWARDICE.
I thought the same thing. But the first presidential debate wasn’t until October 3rd - well after Obama had been spinning the 9-11 attack as being a demonstration that turned violent. Whatever was motivating Obama was before the first debate debacle.
That doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t plan a daring rescue though. The pollsters were making it appear like Obama was way ahead (using over-weighted dem samples), but Obama’s own internal polls had to be looking pretty bad for him even then.
A rescue, with the sheik to be released later, after the election? Maybe....
It would have to be a staged rescue of the ambassador, not a release, because with the release you’re looking for the trade.
If I were MB or AQ I wouldn’t trust O on a trade later.
And letting your ambassador be kidnapped in the first place looks stupid and weak, even if you do get him back with a rah rah show of force two weeks later.