Well, apparently we’re going to need more sad-faced hashtag diplomacy.
They’re still stealing children.
Islamist extremist group Boko Haram continues to rampage freely through northeastern Nigeria, blowing up a second strategic bridge, killing an unknown number of villagers and abducting the wife and two children of a retired police officer, residents said Saturday.
News of the ongoing carnage came as a team of French intelligence experts landed in the country, joining American and British teams with hopes of rescuing 276 school girls kidnapped more than three weeks ago by the terrorist group.
Details were murky on the latest child captives, taken Friday as Boko Haram converged on the town of Liman Kara on the Cameroon border, driving 3,000 people from their homes.
Officials and residents said they fled the carnage without having time to count their dead.
Details also remained murky about the latest children to be captured. Boko Haram has said previously that its abductions of family members of Nigerian officials is tit-for-tat retaliation for Nigeria’s detention of the extremists’ own spouses and children.
The group, which seeks to abolish Western-style schools and impose fundamentalist Sharia law on the country, has captured or shot hundreds of schoolchildren in its five-year reign of terror.
Obama, meanwhile, slinks off in shame.
Obama’s view of the world was wrong, and his policies are making it more dangerous and less stable. Yet he is still sounding the call to retreat, proposing new cuts to the military that would shrink it to pre-World War II levels.
Having failed to listen or learn, Obama surveys the incomprehensible brutality and sinks into an intellectualized self-pity. Indeed, there is special poignancy to the fact that First Lady Michelle Obama joined the Twitter nation over the Nigerian schoolgirl abductions.
The photo of her holding a sign saying “Bring Back Our Girls” is riveting, but also odd.
Did she think to push her husband to do something?
And you wonder whom she expects to save the girls. The United Nations? The terrorists themselves? Nigeria’s government?
Maybe all of the above, which is to say no one, because, without the leadership of the United States, there is no one who can maintain peace and security.
This is the result of the choice Barack Obama made. This is what the world looks like when a president laments evil instead of confronting it.
Because to Obama the worst people in the world are evil Republicans who won’t increase the minimum wage or something. What we really need to do is #BringBackOurBalls.