This question was spurred by this question which discusses Luke’s relative plot significance during the events of Return of the Jedi.
So, given that Luke, Leia, Lando and Chewbacca—all at this point well respected, and presumably high ranking, members of the Rebellion in the Star Wars universe—participated in the rescue of Han Solo from Jabba’s Palace… Does anyone or anything mention the overall risk of this mission to the overall efforts of the Rebellion against the Empire?
The risks to rescue Han seemed fairly high and—if things went differently—one could imagine that all involved would be dead, captured or left to hang on a wall as a trophy (literally) frozen in limbo.
I can’t imagine such a mission would have been easily approved others in the Rebellion? I mean, Luke and Leia could probably have done whatever they wanted since the Rebellion seems like an ad hoc socialist group, right? But I can imagine—for example—Mon Mothma, Admiral Ackbar and General Madine expressing at least some basic concern about this rescue mission, right?
So do any expanded universe works exist that make reference to—or acknowledge—the thoughts of Rebel leadership as they get news that the guy who destroyed the Death Star, a Princess, an ex-Baron Administrator of a city in the clouds and a furry walking carpet (who can pilot spaceships) suddenly took off to go and rescue their friend?
Or was it all as simple as when Han himself announced he was leaving the Rebellion in The Empire Strikes Back and General Rieekan simply said, “A death mark's not an easy thing to live with. You’re a good fighter, Solo. I hate to lose you.”