A commenter at Hot Air sums it nicely:
Obama is doing “the right thing.”
He conferred with his mil advisers and changed his mind.
It is called intellectual flexibility and Machiavellian pragmatism.
Our take: Release o f the photos was a bone head idea. I'm pleased that the president, by virtue of intelligence and political pragmatism, caught a clue that it was indeed a bonehead idea. He does not need to create funky relationship atmospherics with the military. Clinton blew the relationship with the military right out of the gate with DADT. Obama has done something similar but a bit smaller in impact with the CIA by releasing the OLC memos. This would have been a compounding of that error.
I wish however that he had caught that clue in the first place.