Barack Obama, who refuses to go away, sent out his spokesman Ned Price to counter comments made by Otto Warmbier’s father.
Otto Warmbier is the 22-year old man who was brutally murdered by the North Koreans for allegedly stealing a poster. Otto’s father said the administration told the family to remain silent and it took President Trump to free his son.
Price said on Obama’s behalf, “During the course of the Obama Administration, we had no higher priority than securing the release of Americans detained overseas. Their tireless efforts resulted in the release of at least 10 Americans from North Korean custody during the course of the Obama administration.”
Who are these 10? What does “at least 10” mean? Didn’t he bother to check on the number?
Price added, “It is painful that Mr. Warmbier was not among them, but our efforts on his behalf never ceased, even in the waning days of the administration. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Warmbier’s family and all who had the blessing of knowing him.”
Price would likely have been more specific the administration did anything.
Publicly Obama was largely been silent on kidnappings and beheadings. He appeared indifferent and that’s the message he sent the terrorists.
Leaks at the time of James Foley’s kidnapping indicated Obama dragged his feet on the rescue of Americans. According to the U.K. paper, The Sunday Times, Barack Obama delayed the rescue of James Foley for nearly a month until it was too late to save him.
Anthony Shaffer, a former lieutenant-colonel in U.S. military intelligence who worked on covert operations, said in late August 2014: “I’m told it was almost a 30-day delay from when they said they wanted to go to when he finally gave the green light. They were ready to go in June to grab the guy [Foley] and they weren’t permitted.”
Another US defense source said: “The White House constantly goes back and forth on these things. These people are a bunch of academics who endlessly analyse stuff and ordering up another deep-thinking paper but can’t decide what to order for lunch.”