Did the President do the right thing in allowing a raid in Yemen?
In an attempt to rescue an American held hostage by a Yemen faction of Al-Qaeda, US forces raided a terrorist base. In the aftermath the hostages were killed. Along with the American Luke Summers a South African teacher Pierre Korkie was also killed. Five terrorist were killed and no American forces were injured. The SEALS apparently walked in over 10 kilometers of rough terrain and lost the element of surprise the last 100 meters according to reports.
There are some that are critical of the operation. Was in necessary to conduct the raid while negotiations for the South African were ongoing? I won’t go into the idea and former policy of “not negotiating with terrorist” as this administration have shown they certainly will. The administration claims that recent intelligence indicated Summers was in grave danger of being killed this weekend and felt the need to act.
It’s hard to say if US officials knew about the ongoing negotiations for Korkie.
I can’t find any reason to doubt this intelligence and don’t see any issues with this raid. Military actions and raids deep into enemy territory are always difficult. There will always be risk. The military units that carry out these raids try very hard to minimize the risk and it is always at the heart of their planning. Unfortunately things happen when dealing with terrorist and criminals. You can never know for sure what they will do or how they will react.
This was the right decision even if the outcome is tragic. The fault lay in the hands of those that committed the initial crimes that created this situation. They should be tracked down and killed as the savages they are.