Foreign Policy

Why is the U.S. Getting Involved in the Nigerian Schoolgirl Kidnapping Case?

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Hashtag activism may feel good, but trending Twitter topics should not substitute for thoughtful foreign policy, especially involving interventions that involve members of the U.S. military.

From my latest column at Time:

"It's a heartbreaking situation, outrageous situation," said President Barack Obama, referring to the kidnapping of more than 250 schoolgirls in Nigeria by the radical terrorist group Boko Haram.

That's absolutely true, but why in the world is Obama directly involving the U.S.—"we've already sent…a combination of military, law enforcement, and other agencies"–in the search for the girls, who are reportedly being sold into slavery?

The goal of our foreign policy, and especially interventions involving soldiers, should always be tightly tied to protecting American lives, interests and property. If the past dozen years and actions of the two most recent presidents should have taught us anything, it's that the U.S. is not particularly adept at solving its own domestic problems, much less those in faraway lands….

Involving ourselves in Nigeria will create yet one more distraction for a government that hasn't figured out how to deal with far more consequential situations involving Iran, Syria, Ukraine, Russia and Venezuela, not to mention myriad domestic problems.

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  1. I say we send over the next SWAT that kills an old lady or shoots a dog. They get to come home when all the girls are rescued.

  2. Why outrage over kidnapped girls and not murdered boys? At least the girls are still alive and have a chance for life if they are freed, escape, or otherwise emancipated.

    1. Because girls rule Restoras. Those boys were just future rapists anyway.

    2. I thought they turned the boys into child soldiers or is that a different African shithole?

      1. They become Unsullied.

        1. Notify Daenerys Targaryen.

    3. It does kind of make it hard to take the pandering slacktivism seriously.

      I think its primarily about pandering to the single white feminists and their moral preening. Hashtags don’t mean having to engage in combat with dangerous people who have nothing to lose.

  3. Aren’t these assholes in Nigeria thanks to our intervention in Libya or am I think of some other group of assholes who left Libya after Gadaffi was overthrown?

    1. There is some evidence that a few of them were fighters for one side or the other in the libyian adventure. Better evidence is that the leftover weaponry is flowing out of Libya and arming rebels and bandits like these all over western and northern africa. The price of AKs and RPGs has dropped to rockbottom so every neighborhood thug gets one.

      1. bandits like these all over western and northern africa.

        There are no bandits in west and north Africa.

    2. Not really, no. You’re thinking of Mali.

      Anyway, Nigeria has had its own civil-war between Christians and Islamists for ~15 years already =

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I…..in_Nigeria

      1. Yeah, it is Mali. I wasn’t sure.

    3. basically whereever there are muslims, they are fucking with everyone else because all those other people aren’t muslim

      And of course, we don’t do anything about it because… because…?

  4. “tightly tied to protecting American lives, interests and property.”

    One thing I’ve learned being a parent and member of, for example, our local school community, is that you have to be involved in the community in order to have ‘pull’ when you eventually need it.

    In other words, it can be worth judiciously lending a hand in situations like this one, in order to make friends who will in turn help you out when you’re behind the 8-ball.

    1. “One thing I’ve learned being a parent and member of, for example, our local school community, is that you have to be involved in the community in order to have ‘pull’ when you eventually need it.
      In other words, it can be worth judiciously lending a hand in situations like this one, in order to make friends who will in turn help you out when you’re behind the 8-ball.”

      In which case, I suggest you and the local PTA hie yourself right on over there. On your dime.

      1. Who said go over there? A couple hours of the NSA’s time is all it should take to point the locals in the right direction. And we get to be heros who helped bring the girls home. That’s an easy score with a great ROI.

        1. Call me skeptical, but I’ll bet the NSA is ‘way better at collecting the info than finding a way to act properly on it.
          See, oh the Boston bombing for example.

          1. Okay, so collect the info and hand it out to folks who aren’t so squeamish about rounding up all the young Dzokhars in the area and working out which of them is the one they want.

            Giving out free limited subscriptions to actionable intelligence has been a nice, bloodless (for us) way to do business in the past. We should get back to basics.

    2. When and how exactly are the Nigerians going to help us out in return? What possible “8-ball” can we be behind that they could have some assistance to give? Your analogy is nonsensical.

      1. Think of the grateful Libyans, Afghanis, Iraqis, Palestinians, Egyptians, Turks, …FRENCH!

        1. “…FRENCH!”

          Hey, maybe they’ll call ’em American Fries in gratitude!

      2. Oil? That’s all I can come up with.

      3. Also, 8-ball? Racist, yo.

  5. I think the answer is pretty obvious. Obama has 2 young daughters, and he has shown an amazing propensity to take things personally in his job as POTUS. And for a Lefty, he has also shown a Neocon-like willingness to use the military as a police force worldwide. Well, except when it’s right before his own re-election and Muslim terrorists are busy killing Americans in their own compound. Then it’s all about horrible right-wing video makers, don’t ya know.

  6. Michelle’s twitter poster sealed it for me. I mean, who wouldn’t be moved by such sophisticated oratorical persuasion?

    1. I thought that I had finally reached the point where I couldn’t have a lower opinion of the Wookie. Then, I saw the twitter post. January 2017 can not come soon enough.

      1. I’ve never been so glad about the existence of the 22nd Amendment.

        1. You say that but what if the Wookie decided to run?

          The first woman who is also black? And she has experience because she is the First Lady, don’tcha know. Things could always, always be worse.

          1. Honestly, I don’t think she could possibly win. She has the charisma of a Sarlacc.

            1. She’s more charismatic than Hillary. Never underestimate the ability of media and other assorted interests to push, pull and drag their chosen one over the finish line.

              1. Lady Bertrum|5.9.14 @ 12:00PM|#
                “She’s more charismatic than Hillary.”

                Well, yeah, but so is the Wicked Witch of the West.

    2. Gee, I’m sorry I missed that. I’m sure it was well thought out and persuasive, right?
      Sorta like FOR THE CHILDRUNZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!

      1. I’m sorry I missed it, too.

        I’m even sorrier I just looked it up.

        Michelle haz a sad.

        1. Gee, I’m sorry I missed it again.

          1. oh, yeah; big frowny face. Like the Bokos didn’t eat their veggies level of frowny.

  7. I like the idea of putting out a call for SWAT team volunteers. This isn’t really warfighting, but a law enforcement/hostage rescue deal, and we are covered up with highly trained, motivated, skilled, and armed LEOs who are experts on hostage rescue, right? Isn’t that what all the SWATties are?

    So lets see how many of them are willing to back up their big yaps and go into the jungle after some actual schoolgirl hostages being raped and abused by actual psychopaths. If this isn’t an absurdly perfect example of precisely why we militarized our police, I don’t know what is.

    Any SWAT unit that doesn’t volunteer, gets disbanded.

    1. I agree!

    2. I like that idea except that if we are going to do something here, I would like us to do something that gives the kidnapped girls at least some chance of survival. I really can’t see turning those trigger happy untrained apes lose ending well for anyone including the girls.

    3. And bring back our troops to guard our monocle factories and dispensaries!!

  8. I was Libertarian-Interventionist before those Euro-fuckups claimed they were helpless during the Yugoslavian wars which had me re-thinking military adventurism.

    On this case, I do feel we should get involved. (The kidnapping specifically – nothing else.)

    Africa can’t handle it alone and it would be good practice for us.

    1. “On this case, I do feel we should get involved. (The kidnapping specifically – nothing else.)”

      ‘Just one more hit, and I promise I’ll quit!’

      1. Operation: African Meth.

    2. Good practice how?!? On how to get involved in some fucking shithole quagmire again?

      1. Yeah, I would have thought Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc would have been enough practice. we’ve pretty much got it down pat now.

        1. Those are military ops. This is a rescue.

          Imagine Rand Paul riding a drone a la Slim Pickens into Deep Darkest Africa and swooping up the grils.

          Libertarian PR gold!

          1. Those are military ops. This is a rescue.

            True, in that we’re not going up against a nation-state. But sub-national groups like BH often have numbers and firepower equivalent to a very small national army, say that of San Marino (completely unresearched guess).

            Plus, since BH is operates in Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger it could become more of a military op. While the Nigerians seem glad to have us, not sure about the other two nations.

            1. Then it’s no deal.

            2. I suspect they’re stronger than the San Marino army.

      2. We can always get better!

      3. I don’t see why wiping out Boko Haram needs to escalate into full-scale nation-building.

        And, yeah, I’m thinking a nice, contained action in the jungle would give us some practice we might need, since we’ve been fighting mostly in deserts.

        If the locals request our assistance, I wouldn’t object to a volunteer force with the sole mission of killing every member of Boko Haram they can find until the girls are rescued. I’m betting every single Force Recon Marine would volunteer.

        1. Who the fuck cares what you don’t see? You’re not the one making decisions. Did the Mogadishu debacle have anything to do with nation-building? Jesus Christ, do you ever learn? Ever?

          I’m betting every single Force Recon Marine would volunteer

          Why? Because you romanticize the shit out of them? What an absurd, ridiculous statement. Who the fuck cares if they volunteer? It’s still US forces being sent. It’s like you’re incapable of learning from mistakes when it comes to the military. Then all of a sudden they’re infallible. They’re as government as it gets, but in this case, you believe in the government. Amazing.

          1. Epi, I’m not saying that I trust this administration to do it right.

            I’m saying that its possible to do it right, and I have no objection in principle to a volunteer force invited into the country to deal with this in a contained and limited fashion.

            I know Force Recon Marines. Hell, I was raised by a Marine. I don’t romanticize them, but I do recognize a mission they would be delighted to carry out and would be very effective at.

            Its a shame, really, that we can’t do anything about this. Sure, its not in line with my usual position on when to use the military, but fuck me, hundreds of girls being raped and sold into slavery? I have a really hard time just shrugging it off.

            1. The U.S. military doesn’t do volunteer task forces like that. And based on the large number of Marines I know and have worked with, most wouldn’t give a shit about Nigeria and certainly wouldn’t volunteer to go there to get malaria and dysentery for the President’s current fetish. Those with Afghanistan and Iraq experience have already been to war plenty.

              Epi’s right…you’re romanticizing it. The only option that makes sense is privately-funded mercenaries…because this isn’t our government’s responsibility or problem to deal with. About the only advantage to it would be karma points to negotiate trade agreements, but the Nigerian government isn’t really going to cut what they charge us just because the kids of a bunch of political nobodies got rescued. Nigeria’s government (like most) doesn’t operate on gratitude.

        2. I don’t see why wiping out Boko Haram needs to escalate into full-scale nation-building.

          Of course you don’t, RC. Because you’re not an interventionist, nation-building type of guy. Unlike this administration. Remember, nation-building is simply the ultimate extension of the busybodyism that is so beloved by the progs.

    3. We really have no business being over there. But in this one particular case, I’m just not going to get too worked up over it. There are people who really shouldn’t be breathing our air, and these Boko Haram gentlemen are a perfect case in point.

    4. Re: practice

      How far is Nigeria from Entebbe, cuz I know a well practiced team?

      1. Yeah, that would be a stupendously stupid move since it would radicalize even more muslims.

  9. Obama sure didnt give a shit about the appx. 500 women and children we uncovered in counter piracy operations in the African sea all stuffed into a fishing dow… clearly human trafficking yet what were our orders from high…. stand down.
    this is only getting attention because the cameras are on, chocolate nixon doesn’t give half a shit about human lives and hes proven that time and again.
    Usurper in chief- treasonous coward, villainous sociopath, and destroyer of the free world

    1. I’m guessing you didn’t vote for him.

    2. It is all about Obama. Everyone in the world exists to either reflect his glory or provide an opportunity for him to show his greatness.

      Didn’t you know that?

  10. He thought they said “4Loko Haram” and that’s all it took for Federal action.

    1. Nice. 😛

    2. Good one.

  11. How can you even think of not lifting a finger to help those poor girls? What kind of a monster are you?!

  12. Those Nigerian Princes’ need to spend that swag somehow.

  13. Why have an US Africa Command if we are not going to use it /s

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U…..ca_Command

    1. Last time an Africom Commander tried to rescue people (Benghazi) he was summarily relieved of command.

  14. While I empathize, and these people are definitely shitbags that need some killin…where does one draw the line and what are the moral implications of acting.

    Is the US to respond to EVERY crisis throughout the world? How big a crisis does it need to be to become involved? And bottom line, how much will we spend on protecting those that provide nothing in return?

    The only legitimate reason to have a government is to protect the rights of its citizens. Doing so costs money. I don’t see these countries chipping in.

    It’s bad enough the US is paying to militarily protect Europe with little or no recompense. Now we are going to be the world’s cops solely on our dime?

    What could go wrong?

    1. The Africans won’t protect their own children, nor will Russia or China act altruistically. Americans got that market cornered.

    1. Speaking of the Wu. If you don’t already, be sure to follow Wu-Tang Finance on Twitter. Libertarian, hilarious, and gangster as fuck.

    2. GILMORE, I really liked your graphic from the other night, BTW. But too bad it wasn’t fully rap-styled.

  15. “Involving ourselves in Nigeria will create yet one more distraction for a government..”
    I think that’s the answer, right there.
    And, might I add……Duh!

  16. Damnit Nick, you’re proving just how much we libertarians DON’T care about the children. Or something.

  17. Barack Obama, First of His Name, Warden of the Entire World and Breaker of (Nigerian) Chains

    1. And protector of the realm.

  18. African Muslims (Obama’s ancestors) have been selling Sub-Saharan African slaves to North Africa and the Middle East ever since the flow of European slaves slowed up after the 9th Century.

    European traders tapped into that slave trade for a few centuries, then got out of it (and have been on a guilt-trip ever since). But the trade itself started much earlier and continued much later.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_slave_trade

    1. Funny how the slavery victim industry in this country forgets that. As bad as the middle passage was, the passage north across the Sahara was much worse. The Arabs were much more brutal and enslaved black Africans for much longer than the West ever did.

      1. So I knew nothing about that, and I doubt I’m alone. I suspect the reason it isn’t talked about is because it isn’t relevant for the history of slavery in North America. Or am I missing something?

        1. It is not strictly relevant to the history of North America, but it is very relevant to the history of slavery in Africa as a whole. It is also relevant to the conflict between the West and Islam.

          One of the reasons why the Europeans got pulled into the Middle East was to stop the slave trade. Before the oil age, there really wasn’t anything there worth having.

        2. Why teach inconvenient truths in school? The progressive narrative might get muddied up.

          1. I don’t see how this is inconvenient. Not everything is a conspiracy.

            1. You don’t think CAIR would consider this an inconvenient and probably Islamiphobic subject?

              You think American black “civil rights” hucksters want to even admit that it was Africans selling Africans to slave traders?

              1. And lets not forget that the Ottomans enslaved so many people from the coasts of Italy, France and Spain during the 15th and 16th Centuries, the coasts became nearly uninhabited as the people there were either enslaved or moved somewhere where the Ottoman pirates couldn’t get to them.

                They will never make it, but there is a great movie to be made about the Ottoman Siege of Malta and the Knights of St. John’s defense of it. Great story but it would contain too many inconvenient truths for Hollywood ever to make it.

                1. I’m pretty sure the Ottomans capturing Slavs are the source of the term “slave”.

                  1. Not Ottomans specifically. It started with Otto the Great a couple-three hundred years earlier. But yes, Slavs.

                2. “They will never make it, but there is a great movie to be made about the Ottoman Siege of Malta and the Knights of St. John’s defense of it. Great story but it would contain too many inconvenient truths for Hollywood ever to make it.”

                  I smell a Kickstarter campaign!

                  I read about this siege in a 19th century history. Impressive!

                  1. And here’s the thing – Chinese moviemakers are happy to tap into their own history of military monks as a source of stirring (if not strictly historical) adventure tales, so why can’t the West do adventure stories about its own military monastic orders?

                    1. One would think that European filmmaker would jump at the chance to glorify this part of their heritage, rather than just crank out movies about wife-swapping, cross-dressing landscape painters.

                      /sarc

              2. It would probably depend on how and why it was brought up. If it were in a textbook/class on the history of North Africa, I honestly don’t think it would be a very big issue. If it were simply brought up to show that Europeans were bad, but African Muslims (Obama’s ancestors!) were worse, then yeah, it would probably cause a ruckus.

                1. If it were simply brought up to show that Europeans were bad, but African Muslims (Obama’s ancestors!) were worse

                  It’s not about bad and worse, it’s about objective fact.

                  Slavery predates written language. Hell, Neanderthals kept slaves. It has been practiced by every single culture around the world.

                  1. Looking back at the original post, it pretty much was a statement of objective fact. What then kickstarted this subthread was

                    Funny how the slavery victim industry in this country forgets that. As bad as the middle passage was, the passage north across the Sahara was much worse. The Arabs were much more brutal and enslaved black Africans for much longer than the West ever did.

                    And I’m left wondering why that is relevant. Somebody brought up the thousands who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan as proof of the R’s hypocrisy in the Benghazi thread yesterday and (rightly) got destroyed for it, because it isn’t relevant to the rightness or wrongness of this administration’s response, whatever it was.

                    So what is the point of bringing up the Muslim slave trade and how much worse it was than the European slave trade, other than to kick dirt on progressives and this administration’s response to the Boko kidnappings?

                    1. My point was that this is not a new development. History hasn’t ended, just the honest study of it.

                  2. Slavery predates written language. Hell, Neanderthals kept slaves.

                    Probably, but without written language impossible to say definitively.

                    It has been practiced by every single culture around the world.

                    Again, hard to prove without written records, but yes, it has been common throughout recorded history.

                2. ‘nother thing.

                  I remember reading somewhere that Arab slave owners in the 17/18th century neutered their slaves versus the western practice of raising next gen slaves. This would certainly figure into why you don’t hear reparations talk from slave descendants in Saudi.

                  1. There are currently slaves in Saudi. It’s apparently still quite legal, just not talked about.

                  2. Because Muslims aren’t supposed to kill each other, they often fought each other with slave armies – hence the Egyptian Mamluk and Ottoman Janissaries.

                    After a peace treaty, they would disarm by castrating or just slaughtering the slave-soldiers.
                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamluk

                    1. Um … shouldn’t “disarm” by castrating be “dismember”?

          2. This is the conservative equivalent of liberals whining about how schools focus too much on the history of Europe and Western Civilization. In a country that was born out of Western Civilization, it’s not surprising that history classes will disproportionately focus on that history. That also means that it’s going to disproportionately focus on the atrocities committed by Western countries. Why would the Arab slave trade get even a fraction of the amount of attention the Atlantic slave trade does in the US?

        3. if you knew that someone other than the colonials had been involved in any trading of slaves at any point in time, the griefer industry would lose clout. And the pearl-clutching about the inherent unfairness of America would look even more foolish.

      2. Yep – notice the distinct lack of black people in the Middle East despite millions shipped there as slaves?

        1. Funny that, isn’t it?

    2. But Christianity is the religion of The Man.

    3. Alex Haley was shocked by this and admitted such in “Roots.”

      1. “Alex Haley was shocked by this and admitted such in “Roots.””

        Alex Haley = “historian” like Michale Moore = “documentary film maker”.

        1. And that is such a tragedy. There is a compelling story to be told about slavery. Sadly, that story has been largely ignored because Haley’s fairytale was so popular and well known.

          I don’t understand why he didn’t think the truth was enough. It is slavery for God’s sake. The people who practiced it are never going to come off well. And lying to cover up that Africans enslaved each other didn’t make the Europeans who did it look any worse than they already did and just made his whole story a needless lie.

          1. John|5.9.14 @ 12:11PM|#
            “And that is such a tragedy.”…

            Similarly, the disastrous communist experiment gets largely ignored; we have a slimeball who shows up here and unashamedly promotes that system.
            I don’t know why. Public schools and the resultant lack of educational competition have something to do with it, but I doubt that’s the total.

    4. The Arab slave trade was mostly in East Africa, the Atlantic Slave trade was concentrated in West Africa. It isn’t accurate to simply say the Europeans jumped into the middle of the Arab slave trade, they were for the most part different things. Not all of the sellers were African either. I’m not really sure how this is relevant, in any case.

  19. Issue something along the lines of a letter of marque. That way it is all nice and legal, and volunteers can go over and do their thing. Let it be known that any US military, intelligence, or law enforcement personnel that want to volunteer will be given leave.

    But I know that’s not going to happen. And as foreign interventions go, this one doesn’t really raise my ire. This Boko group sounds like almost the definition of evil, and this kidnapping is pretty heinous.

    1. People bitched and moaned about Blackwater but wouldn’t just hiring Blackwater to do this for the Nigerian government be the better way to go?

      1. I wouldn’t be shocked if they did it pro bono. The mercs could use some good PR.

    2. and the Boko group that Shrillary is now condemning is same Boko group her State Dept would not put on the terror watch list. Not that I want us doing anything but if you’re going to keep lists of nasty outfits, it makes sense to include known nasty outfits.

      1. Nasty outfits also include pant suits.

        1. that would be a woman-made disaster. Say, is that a microaggression?

        2. I lol’d. Thanks, Mongo.

      2. “and the Boko group that Shrillary is now condemning is same Boko group her State Dept would not put on the terror watch list.”

        I’m beginning to wonder whether she’s going to get the teflon treatment.
        I mean, we’ve already got “vast right-wing conspiracy” and “what difference, at this point, does it make?”, but her trajectory doesn’t yet seem to suffer.

        1. Another fake non-scandal, surely.

        2. I’d say this will happen without question. The media will be every bit as invested in pushing her as it was and has been with Obama. Opposition will be framed as sexist.

  20. The goal of our foreign policy, and especially interventions involving soldiers, should always be tightly tied to protecting American lives, interests and property.

    There is no higher priority American interest than getting (re)elected.

  21. ?”we’ve already sent?a combination of military, law enforcement, and other agencies”

    Isn’t that how our involvement in Vietnam started? Nope, nothing could possibly go wrong here.

    1. That and a Democrat career politician President with his head shoved completely up his ass.

    2. Learning from prior mistakes seems far too difficult for several people on this thread.

    3. And I’m sure Congress was “consulted”.

    4. I’m not sure if we sent law enforcement to Viet-Nam. It wasn’t that sort of problem. We were propping up one side in a civil war.

  22. we “care” because these are black girls, which is why the Black Caucus saw fit to send out a few of its members to duly express their outrage. And we “care” because some distraction is needed from other things.

  23. Speaking of meddlesome adventurism

    We had just returned to Miami from a U.S. government-sanctioned person-to-person trip to Cuba when we learned of our government’s latest attempt to destabilize the government of Cuba.

    Called “ZunZuneo” for the sound made by the Cuban hummingbird, the monitored and manipulated Twitter-like text message service was covertly introduced to Cuba by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

    The idea was to build up a critical mass of followers in Cuba with updates about sports, music and weather. But once the message service’s reach was wide enough, operators planned to send political messages to incite a “Cuban Spring.”

    As an economist who had the opportunity to observe, first-hand, the difficult transitions of China and Russia from state to largely market-based economies, I was astounded by the counter-productive actions of my government. On its own, Cuba was well into a carefully planned transition to a market-based economy. The only impact of additional U.S. meddling would be to set back this process.

    It’s an incoherent jumble, but apparently we should leave Cuba alone because they are on the cusp of creating a Socialist paradise. Also, disruptive change breeds income inequality.

    Pay no attention to that crumbling impoverished slum behind the curtain.

    1. I understand why bombing countries is often a bad idea and should not be undertaken lightly. I cannot for the life of me see why sending people in a a prison state like Cuba or North Korea the ability to communicate with each other and hopefully organize resistance to their evil governments would ever be considered a bad idea.

      The person writing that just thinks the Cuban government is great and doesn’t like the idea of its victims standing up against it.

      1. If the US government is determined to spend billions on random shit, I think a satellite Internet system available to the whole world for free would be a hell of a boon to freedom and commerce.

        As for Cuba, take one of the Tomahawk bomblet dispensing models, and modify it to disperse little packages of small arms, and just constantly drop them into Havana. The regime would fall in a couple months.

    2. Normalizing relations with Cuba and allowing trade and travel would probably do more to bring about a “Cuban Spring” than some half-baked version of Twitter.

  24. Cuban economists feel that reform must be done carefully. As more people earn private sector salaries and business profits, taxes must be instituted in a thoughtful way. A real estate market must be developed in a manner designed to not dispossess the poor from their homes. A retirement system must be designed. Inherited rights to totally free health care and education must be reconsidered. Guidelines are being submitted for consensus and much of the labor force must be retrained for productive activities. Decentralization from central to local governments is a very important goal right now.

    ———–

    The eventual structure of Cuba’s economy is not likely to mirror that of the U.S. It may be closer to the economies of Western Europe and could even have similarities with that of China. Cuban economists are studying the rapid development of countries such as South Korea for clues to their own potential. Recognizing the difficulties experienced by China and Russia as they moved toward market-driven economies, they want Cuba to move deliberately to minimize the destabilizing, demoralizing impact on a large segment of their population.

    Tell me again why we want to interfere with this process!

    1. Cuba is on its way to opening up. They are just hard working socialist trying to make their way in the shadow of the evil Yankee dogs. They just shoot anyone who tries to leave the island because the US forces them to do it I guess.

    2. “Cuban economists feel that reform must be done carefully.”

      Yeah, that “free market” has to be carefully planned and implemented by Top Men, or it’ll be disorganized!
      And “Cuban Economists”? Care to give us an idea of who they are and how they qualify?

      1. I’m sure there are any number of them in the universities of South Florida.

  25. Cuba is on its way to opening up.

    I have heard people say, out loud (I shit you not), “I want to go to Cuba and see it before KKKapitalism ruins it.”

    Morons.

    1. I’ve heard that too. But LITERACY! HEALTH CARE! Idiots.

    2. I’m guessing these are the same kind of people who visit super poor villages in rural Thailand and laud them for being “traditional” with no running water or electricity. Then, when these places later get these things, thereby greatly improving the lives of the villagers, these people lament how globalization is ruining everything.

      1. “I’m texting all my friends in NYC about how you shit in buckets and then carry it to the rice paddy for fertilizer. So carbon neutral”

      2. “I’m guessing these are the same kind of people who visit super poor villages in rural Thailand and laud them for being “traditional” with no running water or electricity.”

        And I’m guessing they don’t drink the “natural” water in those villages.

    3. My Cuban friend (as well as my doctor, who is also Cuban) goes into a seething rage whenever anyone says something along those lines.

    4. I’ve heard people say the same thing about Burma.

  26. I think hashtag activists shouldn’t be taken seriously until they’ve taking 8 weeks of Hashtag Bootcamp and passed the grueling 24-hour Feel-Good Minor Gesture Endurance Tweet.

    1. I say they be forced to listen to “We Are the World” at volume level 11 for 24 hours straight.

  27. Why is the U.S. Getting Involved in the Nigerian Schoolgirl Kidnapping Case?

    Because progressives are demanding it?

  28. Ayaan Hirsi Ali had an editorial explaining further details about these Boko idiots this morning in the WSJ.

    Link-
    http://online.wsj.com/news/art…..reno64-wsj

    She had a great line that ended the piece which will of course go over the heads of all our bleeding heart liberal brethren.

    It is also time for Western liberals to wake up. If they choose to regard Boko Haram as an aberration, they do so at their peril. The kidnapping of these schoolgirls is not an isolated tragedy; their fate reflects a new wave of jihadism that extends far beyond Nigeria and poses a mortal threat to the rights of women and girls. If my pointing this out offends some people more than the odious acts of Boko Haram, then so be it.

  29. Let’s all go down and capitalism the shit out of Cuba!

    “Hey, Kid. Wanna make ten bucks?”

  30. I’d say we just air drop a crap load of guns and ammo to the villages around Nigeria and let them form their own posses and deal with the scum themselves.

  31. 10’s of thousands of young people are held by slavers in this country, having been imported either by trickery or illegally, against their will and are used for sex traffic, domestic servants, drug mules, and the like. Don’t see Michelle getting her panties in a wad about that?

    1. 10’s of thousands of young people are held by slavers in this country

      Oh bullshit.

    2. While I agree that slavery does exist in this country, very much on the DL, I’d like to see some figures.

      There are occasional discoveries, such as the Shyima Hall case, and they are well-publicized. I would like to think the number is lower than tens of thousands, but am amenable to evidence to the contrary.

  32. I can think of one good thing that might come out of this if we recover some girls, disrupt BH, and don’t cause even bigger problems doing so: Huge PR value in the muslim world, and helping to drive a wedge between the islamists and the moderate muslims.

    That still doesn’t justify our involvement.

    1. helping to drive a wedge between the islamists and the moderate muslims.

      Hell, there are Al-Qaeda websites condemning these nutjobs right now. Actual radical Muslims, who cheer every prisoner the ones in Syria torture death, are all “dude not cool” when it comes to this schoolgirl kidnapping thing.

      1. That’s surprising. Thanks.

    2. The “Muslim world” (which is not actually a cohesive body) when it comes to gratitude, has an attention span of the common goldfish.

      It’s very much a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately mentality, only non-Muslim contributions get forgotten far faster. Even if we were to go in and rescue these girls and everything went perfectly, nobody aside from the kids’ parents is going to care in a year. They remember the atrocities, not the good things.

      1. True about it not being monolithic.

        Also true about the whole gratitude thing, but that’s not just them.

  33. That’s it! I’m no longer going to help out that Nigerian prince.

  34. Why don’t we let Nigerian troops help out in Chicago?

  35. My favorite hashtag pic for these kidnapped gals was the one I saw this morning featuring Anthony Kiedis. Yeah, here’s a guy who has probably had an orgy with 200 underage Nigerians and has enough money to buy them all from Boko Haram, but that sad face holding up the picture is all he can contribute.

  36. When I saw Michelle Obama’s hashtag image, I almost felt sorry for the Pres… apparently even the Pres can be hashnagged by his own wife.

  37. They should do what the former French colonies do, call on your big friend. This is a former British colony, they should request Britain to send a Squadron or 2 of the SAS to clean up the matter.

    Only if the Brits can’t do it, should the US intervene. I suppose, however, we more easily than the Brits could send a entire Brigade of Black AMERICAN soldiers. Might be a big PR coup.

  38. Same reason as when a child falls down a well and it gets publicity. As long as people have any sway over their gov’t, authorities will compelled to expend disproportionate resources on well-publicized cases.

    At forum.officiating.com, officials will explain that although it’s best for the game (whatever game) to not make chickenshit calls of things that don’t affect the game, if it’s before spectators and they see it, you’ve got to call it. In other words, the yahoo is always right. Att’n is a fickle thing, but a persuasive one.

  39. If it were me, I’d just pay her parents to tell everyone their daughter came back to them alive & well, and had since then gone off to visit relatives at a secret location. In fact that’s how I’d handle most crimes; cheaper & more effective than solving ’em!

  40. The US government should not directly assist but should allow private US organizations or individuals to help.

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