In the wake of the horrific murder of American James Foley, the Obama Administration has revealed that it undertook an unprecedented effort to free American ISIS hostages earlier this summer. Authorities believed that ISIS was holding a number of prisoners, including Foley, at a facility in Syria, and sent a Special Operations team to recover them. Unfortunately, the operation was unsuccessful, according to the WSJ:
After landing nearby and approaching the facility by foot, the force came under small-arms fire, to which it responded, the officials said. Several fighters of the Islamic State were killed in the exchange of fire. One member of the special operations forces team was shot and slightly injured, the officials said.But the U.S. forces didn’t find any of the Americans in the facility and pulled out of the area.
Though the operation was unsuccessful, the Administration should be applauded for undertaking it. But it should also be congratulated for what it did not do. Prior to his beheading, Foley was offered to the U.S. by ISIS if they paid a hefty ransom. The Administration took the brave and correct policy and refused. We do and should spend millions for defense, but we cannot spend one cent for tribute to thugs like ISIS. It is the only way to go.