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Kayla Mueller
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In February of 2015 I wrote Kayla Mueller: Death By Dithering, which was the story of Kayla Mueller, a young woman kidnapped, tortured, raped and murdered by ISIS, and particularly by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.  The focus of the story, however, was the strategic dithering of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, which removed any hope of rescue for Mueller.  I wrote in part:

President Obama has a dishonorable history of delaying military operations, particularly raids to rescue hostages. Commonly he delays them because of his default reluctance to use military force, or because he fears political fallout, and/or until a date when a successful rescue would be politically advantageous. When the raids fail, we normally hear little or nothing of them. When they succeed, Mr. Obama basks in the risk and sacrifice of far better men, claiming credit for their professionalism and courage. Such was the case with the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, repeatedly delayed for political reasons.

As we are just starting to learn, the same was done in the case of Kayla Mueller, the 26-year old American from Arizona kidnapped in Syria and murdered by ISIS. Mueller was well-intentioned, an aid worker who traveled to Syria trying to make a difference. Of course, any American that travels to Islamic-dominated combat zones is putting an enormous target on their back, regardless of their intentions. Their sensibilities, however genuinely noble they might be, put innumerable other Americans at risk.

Unfortunately, any American taken hostage must understand that President Obama will not, in fact, do whatever is necessary to rescue them, but will dither, bargain, and base any decision to make a rescue on ego and political, rather than tactical, concerns. In essence, they’re on their own, as the details of Mueller’s case begin to leak out: 

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By all means, take the link and read the rest for a reminder of the Obama/Biden years. We’re only now, in retrospect, discovering the true and lasting damage so gleefully caused by Obama and his minions.  I continued:

This is the most significant clue to what happened. President Obama and his advisors, Valerie Jarrett foremost among them, as always, delayed any rescue attempt until the Fourth of July, hoping for a political boost if the rescue were successful. Surely, Mr. Obama would have held a press conference announcing what he did—oh yes, and some soldiers were involved somehow—and how he had reunited the hostage with her family and how grateful the nation should be for his inspired leadership. There would have been photo ops with the family, etc., the whole 9 Obama yards. And because burnishing Mr. Obama’s ego and political fortunes are of greatest importance, Kayla Mueller was condemned to death—and worse.

I concluded:

And let’s not forget who left Kayla Mueller to die at the hands of Islamist barbarians.There will be more. Mr. Obama has a pen and a phone and plenty of time.

I followed that article with Kayla Mueller And The religion Of Peace, which took to task those who, then and now, are determined to whitewash Islamist atrocities.

This means that Mr. Obama knew of Mueller’s fate when he dithered and put off a rescue attempt that could have succeeded, waiting instead until the Fourth of July. When our troops arrived, Mueller had long since been moved elsewhere, but if they rescued her it would have been a grand political gesture for Mr. Obama, and that’s what matters above all.

It was Mueller that put herself in danger. She was apparently motivated by a desire to do relief work, but for whatever reason was willing to ignore reality: an American woman in ISIS territory is too good a prize to pass up. Once captured by ISIS barbarians, rape is the least of a woman’s worries, even though it is a certainty.

Take the link and read that article too.  Brett Velicovich, an Army veteran of the war on Islamists, writing at Fox News, confirms Obama’s fecklessness:

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The U.S. military had the leader of ISIS in its crosshairs years before he became the most wanted terrorist in the world — but the bureaucratic suits in Washington let him get away.

In 2011, a secretive U.S. special operations task force was orbiting a drone above a house in Baghdad, Iraq where they had new intelligence that the notorious terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had bunkered down for a meeting with his top ISIS lieutenants.  A call went out from our headquarters and then back to higher-ups in the States: we’ve got him, can we take him out?

Of course, they weren’t given permission to take out al-Baghdadi, a story repeated over and over during the eight long years of the Obama presidency.  Now we hear from the father of Kayla Mueller via Fox News.  He has an opinion of President Trump one won’t see on other media:

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The family of slain aid worker and ISIS prisoner Kayla Mueller on Sunday praised President Trump and the commandos who pulled off the daring raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — but also delivered a stinging rebuke regarding President Obama’s handling of Mueller’s capture. [skip]

The mission that killed al-Baghdadi in his Idlib hideout this weekend was named after Mueller, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said Sunday morning on ‘Meet The Press.’

‘One of the things that Gen. [Mark] Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did was named the operation that took down al-Baghdadi after Kayla Mueller, after what she had suffered,’ O’Brien said. ‘And that was something that people should know. But justice was brought to those Americans who were so brutally killed, as were others, as the president pointed out.’

Marsha Mueller, the woman’s mother, praised President Trump and the Special Operations commandos who raided the compound and told the Arizona Republic that she believes if ‘Obama had been as decisive as Trump’ her daughter may still be alive.

That’s likely true.  Unfortunately, Barack Obama was always far more concerned with glorifying himself and supporting America’s enemies than with trivialities like rescuing a kidnapped American woman who could do him no political favors.

She was held in many prisons,’ Carl Mueller, her father, told the Republic on Sunday.  ‘She was held in solitary confinement. She was tortured.  She was intimidated. She was ultimately raped by al-Baghdadi himself.

Why would such a great leader, “an austere religious scholar,” as The Washington Post termed him, deny himself such pleasures?

The Obama administration was criticized over a reported 2015 rescue mission that targeted four prisoners held at a makeshift ISIS prison.

By the time U.S. commandos stormed the compound, the hostages were already gone. Some relatives and people who worked on the raid blamed the White House for not acting swiftly enough on giving the mission a green light.

Specific intelligence had emerged in late May providing officials with the hostages’ likely location — including a building, sources told Fox News at the time. The intelligence was described as being ‘strong,’ ‘specific’ and ‘perishable,’ but the White House did not sign off on the rescue mission until much later, and it ultimately was launched July 4.

President Obama said in a later interview that it was inaccurate to say the U.S. didn’t do everything it could to rescue the hostages. Susan Rice, his former national security adviser, said the approval process for the 2015 raid could not have been faster.

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The military operators who were prevented from rescuing Mueller and others would disagree.  And we all know how Rice was more than willing to lie to protect Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.  As far as an “approval process” is concerned, all Obama had to do was issue the order, and the raid would have been on, but he waited until July 4th in the hope of wrapping himself in faux-patriotic self-glory.  Kayla Mueller paid with her life for his vanity.

Carl Mueller, who was a supporter of Trump’s 2016, told the Republic that the president [Trump] knew his daughter’s story.

‘I don’t think anything would have stopped him from getting this guy,’ he said.

That much is abundantly clear.  It’s good to have a real Commander in Chief again, one that actually cares about America and Americans.