Why are White House officials and the Pentagon briefing on a failed raid to save James Foley, the journalist murdered by his fundamentalist captors in Syria?
One downside is obvious. It is an admission of failure. The Delta Force commandos, having been dropped on the ground, fought their way to the place where they believed Mr Foley and other captives were held. They found no one. Their intelligence was off the mark.
Shades of Jimmy Carter.
Although I suppose if you were looking to organize a clusterfuck, Jimmeh Peanut or the Stuttering Clusterfuck of a Miserable Failure in the White House would be your first two go-to guys.