In fact, a round of golf might have been a higher priority. Immediately after he announced Foley’s murder to the nation, Obama hit the links on his Martha’s Vineyard vacation. He later admitted it was probably a bad idea — this administration has a reputation for giving bad optics — but he didn’t regret the decision.
At the beginning of his interview with Foley’s parents, Jarrett remarked that earlier in the week, Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reported that the administration waited until July 3 to gibe the go-ahead to rescue the American hostages, although it knew “down to the precise building” their location months before.
Some observers have remarked that the reason for the administration’s delay was to give Obama the opportunity for an Independence Day “football spike” had the raid been successful.
“Communication was really poor,” Foley’s mother, Diane Foley said. “The government really wasn’t telling us anything.”
She remarked that she got more information from the French hostages who were released in March of 2014 than from administration officials.