Obama and Jarret really don't want to rescue hostages from ISIL.
According to Herridge, there was very specific intelligence about the
location of a group of Western hostages in May 2014, so specific that
intelligence officials even knew in which building they were being held.
"The question is why there was such a delay by the White House to act
on this information," Herridge said. "They did not OK the rescue
operation until about seven weeks later. And there was clearly a
fundamental disconnect between the quality of the intelligence, which
the rescue team felt was of a sufficient level that they could act, and
what was described to me as a significant delay on behalf of the White House, asking for the intelligence to build up further before they would act."
Herridge said that this was the last and best opportunity to rescue all
of the hostages together, because after ISIS learned of the possible
raid, the hostages were no longer held together.
You'll recall they didn't want to whack bin Laden. And another hostage was missed because of this kind of delay.
If it'd been Obama dealing with the Barbary pirates, he'd have been in favor of paying protection money and ransoming hostages forever rather than fight them.