Andrea Mitchell: Would our mostly male administration have acted sooner if those Nigerian schoolgirls weren’t girls?

posted at 5:01 pm on May 14, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via the Free Beacon, the best part here comes when Feinstein challenges her to specify what it is she’s accusing the White House of, and … she can’t. She has no idea where to go with it. It’s as if she came up with the question because she thought it sounded smart — challenging the government to “check its privilege,” as it were — but, when forced to clarify, either realized how moronic it sounds or got cold feet at accusing a Democratic president of counterterror sexism. Normally, this is the sort of question on MSNBC that should and would only be asked of Republicans, just to put them on the spot and force them to answer. As it is, I think maybe Mitchell thought Feinstein would nod along with her in the spirit of sisterhood, Democratic sympathies notwithstanding. Nope. And once she refuses, Mitchell’s reduced to babbling about how the White House might have acted differently if this were “some other cause,” as if the feds scrambling to intervene had, say, a group of Americans been kidnapped instead of Nigerians is some sort of troubling disparity that we should reflect on.

But never mind her. Having dumped on McCain yesterday for his “invade everywhere” approach to Nigeria, I feel duty bound to share this with you. We’re all mavericks now.

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Fully 63 percent of Democrats think the U.S. should “get more involved” in rescuing the girls, although YouGov foolishly didn’t elaborate by asking them if that means merely aiding in the search or going the full J-Mac with boots on the ground to destroy Boko Haram. Dems are the only partisan group to show majority support for intervening in any of the countries mentioned, although pluralities of both independents (45/27) and even Republicans (41/35) agree with them that we should be more involved in finding the girls. I’m not sure what to make of that. I assume it’s mostly a function of expectations about U.S. casualties: When they hear “get more involved,” people are thinking about military intervention, and the only one of the countries listed where there would likely be few or even no Americans killed or wounded in action is an attack on Boko Haram. Score one for McCainism, then. The magnitude of expected casualties is now the touchstone for intervention, not the magnitude of U.S. interests at stake.


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Well Andrea over 50 schoolboys were burned alive in their school not long ago… Did we do anything?

sandee on May 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Would our mostly male administration have acted sooner if those Nigerian schoolgirls weren’t girls?

like when they acted in Benghazi ?

burrata on May 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Even for Andrea Mitchell – and even for this administration – that is an idiotic thing to say.

jake-the-goose on May 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Hey Andrea, would you care at all if they weren’t? Seriously, kidnappings in Nigeria are not the problem of the United States unless the people being kidnapped are American Citizens. We are not the Worlds police. Grow up and get over it.

oscarwilde on May 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Oh, FFS!!

Yes, Andrea, the whole world can be reduced to the Sexist Bogeyman lurking on every corner.

Maddie on May 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

…but, when forced to clarify, either realized how moronic it sounds or got cold feet at accusing a Democratic president of counterterror sexism.

Had to be the latter. Saying moronic things has never been a problem for her.

Marxism is for dummies on May 14, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Let me guess. lowandslow doesn’t understand this post, either.

John the Libertarian on May 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Well what did Bozo Harem do to the school boys? Oh right they were burned alive two weeks ago.

Unless someone wants to talk about wiping this Muslim group OUT and not just rescuing a bunch of girls, then don’t talk to me. Because they’ll just slaughter the next group two weeks later.

Marcus on May 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

oscarwilde on May 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Well said, and thank you. Everyone wants the USA to fix everything, except when they don’t. These people should handle their own damn problems.

Maddie on May 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Is Nigeria a new American state? #58? #59?

The U.S. shouldn’t be involved in this at all – unless we’re going to go after islam, full throttle, and “fix” the problem once and for all.

Pork-Chop on May 14, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Hey Andrea what was your opinion of the Grenada invasion.

RickB on May 14, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Well Andrea over 50 schoolboys were burned alive in their school not long ago… Did we do anything? – sandee on May 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM

I clicked on this topic make the very same comment that I was going to make. You beat me too it.

SC.Charlie on May 14, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Andrea Mitchell: Would our mostly male administration have acted sooner if those Nigerian schoolgirls weren’t girls?

…I don’t know Andrea!…aren’t a lot of them geh?

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2014 at 5:09 PM

The magnitude of expected casualties is now the touchstone for intervention, not the magnitude of U.S. interests at stake.

As others just said, the emotional appeal of who those casualties are factors in as well.

This is what the political class has brought us to with their past manipulation of casualties for the purposes of furthering their ambitions.

The basic rule of thumb is now can I use this for my purposes?

INC on May 14, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Andrea Mitchell needs to start buying better hallucinajins.

Seriously. And we need to get better threads.

MTF on May 14, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Isn’t it the opposite?

If they had kidnapped 200 boys to raise as soldiers to replace their fighters (sadly a common enough practice in war torn Africa) would it have gotten the attention it has?

There is probably a gender aspect to our emotional response. Specifically an instinct for men to protect young women from predators.

Somehow I doubt Andrea was complaining about that though.

Sackett on May 14, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Even for Andrea Mitchell – and even for this administration – that is an idiotic thing to say.

jake-the-goose on May 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

We should give Sangria a break I think, the poor thing has suffered enough already by sleeping with Alan Greenspan !

burrata on May 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM

The administration would have acted sooner if the kidnappers weren’t MUSLIM…

Kuffar on May 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM

They would have acted immediately if the kidnappers were Christians.

Bob's Kid on May 14, 2014 at 5:14 PM

A more legitimate question is why did they do it at all? The 100,000 or so killed in Syria are not as important?

Sven on May 14, 2014 at 5:14 PM

RACIST!

Oh.

Never mind…

Augustinian on May 14, 2014 at 5:16 PM

What response? Hashtag war? In answer to her question, they killed many boys some tine ago in Nigeria, and the WH did not even launch their hashtags. The media barely mentioned it.

Techster64 on May 14, 2014 at 5:17 PM

In fact this issue generated more outrage because the victims are girls yet this ignoramus cannot see it.

It’s time to retire this dinosaur. If we are going to get stupidity on television it might as well be young and look pretty.

Decaf on May 14, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right…

Andrea is stuck alright, but it ‘aint in the middle.

JusDreamin on May 14, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Well Andrea over 50 schoolboys were burned alive in their school not long ago… Did we do anything?

sandee on May 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM

I’m the last one to defend Our Idiot President and his criminal administration, but this is hilariously stupid of Mitchell. The only reason why anyone gives a fig about Nigeria and Bozo Harem is because they are girls. As sandee says, there have been thousands of Christians murdered by the Islamo-Nazi Muslims and O’Bozo can’t even spell Nigeria.

Jaibones on May 14, 2014 at 5:20 PM

If it were President Romney, the question would have included race.

KCB on May 14, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Reality check #1: If they were male, there’d be no Twitter campaign or 24/7 news coverage.

Reality Check #2: Nigeria is not part of the United States. McCain’s suggestion that we should go in even if we haven’t received permission is nuts.

DisneyFan on May 14, 2014 at 5:21 PM

They would have acted immediately if the kidnappers were Christians.

Bob’s Kid on May 14, 2014 at 5:14 PM

With all guns blazing and a movie in the works before it was even over.

Decaf on May 14, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Has to be a first though for Andrea to say anything even mildly critical of this administration.

cat_owner on May 14, 2014 at 5:24 PM

The shelf life of Democrat socialists and their fluffers in the MSM is expiring.

Viator on May 14, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Andrea Mitchell needs to start buying better hallucinajins.

Seriously. And we need to get better threads.

MTF on May 14, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Hey, I’m dressed quite well today, thank you very much.

Midas on May 14, 2014 at 5:26 PM

She has got it completely backwards. It is the only reason Obama is responding. He couldn’t care less when it was “christians” , men or boys getting killed and kidnapped as has been happening the last 4-5 years. What a dolt.

warmairfan on May 14, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Bozo Harem

Jaibones on May 14, 2014 at 5:20 PM

l.o.l.

Midas on May 14, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Incompetence has no sex…no race…

right2bright on May 14, 2014 at 5:27 PM

She is just one of Alan Greenspan’s low points.

rickv404 on May 14, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Fully 63 percent of Democrats think the U.S. should “get more involved” in rescuing the girls, although YouGov foolishly didn’t elaborate by asking them if that means merely aiding in the search or going the full J-Mac with boots on the ground to destroy Boko Haram.

I can’t see the logic in this. A majority of people want us to actually conduct an armed invasion with our Military of a Sovereign Nation which, by the way, is an Act of War under International Law, to rescue kidnapped Citizens of that same Country?

In what World does this make sense?

Johnnyreb on May 14, 2014 at 5:31 PM

I believe its leftists that use “neo-con” as an insult.

rob verdi on May 14, 2014 at 5:32 PM

I cannot, for the life of me, see what Greenspan sees in this ditz.

NotCoach on May 14, 2014 at 5:32 PM

When they hear “get more involved,” people are thinking about military intervention, and the only one of the countries listed where there would likely be few or even no Americans killed or wounded in action is an attack on Boko Haram.

Like in Somalia under Clinton. I guess Black Hawk Down was just a little blip.

butch on May 14, 2014 at 5:34 PM

She is a buffoon. If they were boys, we wouldn’t even be having this discussion.

Kensington on May 14, 2014 at 5:34 PM

McCain’s suggestion that we should go in even if we haven’t received permission is nuts.

DisneyFan on May 14, 2014 at 5:21 PM

…we’ve been trying to get Senator Senile ‘committed’….can you call your Uncle Harry…and see what he can do?…maybe he can do it from the Senate Floor!

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Angrier Mitchell describes her to a T.

Cleombrotus on May 14, 2014 at 5:35 PM

I cannot, for the life of me, see what Greenspan sees in this ditz.

NotCoach on May 14, 2014 at 5:32 PM

He no longer sees.

Once he was in Ayn Rand’s inner circle.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Let me guess. lowandslow doesn’t understand this post, either.

John the Libertarian on May 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

lowandslow…may be Andrea Mitchell.

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Boys are abducted all over Africa to become child soldiers. It is so common no one even mention it in the news. Andrea Mitchell is reaching.

As someone mentioned already, the only reason we know about this is because the people abducted were girls.

coolrepublica on May 14, 2014 at 5:39 PM

I’d say,unless they ask for direct military support in this issue, we can’t really get involved in that matter, as much as I’d personally like us two. (Terrorist jerks!)

But if we can supply them with any useful intel and/or expertise, we should.

WolvenOne on May 14, 2014 at 5:41 PM

As someone mentioned already, the only reason we know about this is because the people abducted were girls.

coolrepublica on May 14, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Maybe, just maybe, the MSM might be waking up to the actual War of Women that Islam wages everyday.

Nah….sorry for the pipe dream.

Johnnyreb on May 14, 2014 at 5:42 PM

These goons have killed 2000 people.

59 Christian boys were burned alive.

But, “terrorism is dead – I killed osama, with my own hands” — obama.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Imagine, Ayan Hirsi Ali was forbidden to talk about this, at Brandeis University.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Fortunately, by the time Andrea finally found someone dumb enough to marry her (the Original Jug Ears), she was far too old to conceive.

bw222 on May 14, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Who is the Tutenkamen on the right?

Murphy9 on May 14, 2014 at 5:45 PM

the poor thing has suffered enough already by sleeping with Alan Greenspan !

burrata on May 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM

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Is it true that Andrea Mitchell has only had sex with Alan Greenspan and not BarackObama as well (that’s the way she says it, all run together like that, as if she can barely wait to say the syllables)? Anyway… what with BarackObama being the first female, black president (according to ValJar) why would Andrea be criticizing him? She’s a psycho, in my opinion (layman, not professional).

ExpressoBold on May 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM

It’s not our problem legally in any way. However, for any American with a heart it is our responsibility because of the scale of the crime and the potential for us to help, just like we would offer assistance when a ferry sinks (South Korea), or an earthquake/tsunami occurs (Indonesia), etc., etc., all around the world. Additionally, for any thinking American, it is obvious that we cannot ignore the virus of Islamo-fascist-totalitarian-idiot-jihadi groups. Their ‘disease’ does not limit itself any longer geographically. They need to be squashed, violently and completely, wherever we can find them, in the same way that we spent billions in time, treasure and effort eradicating polio (interestingly from all but a few nations…Afghanistan, Pakistan, and NIGERIA…where Islamo-fascist-totalitarian-idiot-jihadi groups think polio vaccines are a foreign plot to sterilize them. I kid you not. The idiots) so that we do not suffer an outbreak (like recently happened with measles brought back to Ohio from…The Philippines!).

Not our problem. But it is. That’s life. I say we deal with it. Violently.

xNavigator on May 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM

If the Administration cared what Andrea Mitchell – or any other press agent – thinks then it might have done something about the schools girls before Andrea Mitchell knew anything about it.
The press is getting what it paid for.

Willys on May 14, 2014 at 5:48 PM

I guess this hag doesn’t know of all the boys who’ve already been killed and kidnapped by these terrorists.

lonestar1 on May 14, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Angrea Mitchell is a little confused, understandably.

Her go-to accusation with these Nigerian girls would be Rayciss!, of course, but that won’t work with a AA in charge,

and

Her recent orders include using the Secksist! missile in order to clear the landing strip for the arrival of Hill-ary-us, so she trips a little here in ACCIDENTALLY prematurely launching a Secksist! missile at the First Gheyblack Preznit, which- of course- won’t detonate because of the impervious LoonyLeftonium armor that His Preznitness wears at all times.

(Curiously missing from Angrea’s arsenal is banned-like-the-neutron-bomb laser of accusation…. Islamists targeting Christians , but of course, some weapons must never be deployed.)

Dolce Far Niente on May 14, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Who is the Tutenkamen on the right?

Murphy9 on May 14, 2014 at 5:45 PM

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That is Feinstein the Corpulent, sometimes identified as Diane the Freeloader, a highly overrated Senator from the Golden Bear Realm, otherwise known as California, Land of the Migrating Aliens. She only seems as if she is as old as Tutenkamen but in reality she is only as old as Tutenkamen’s younger sister, Mabel.
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So, there you have it… oh, and she thinks she is really smart, too. So, she has that going on for her.

ExpressoBold on May 14, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Obama is mostly male?

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 14, 2014 at 5:55 PM

I’m not sure what to make of that. I assume it’s mostly a function of expectations about U.S. casualties: When they hear “get more involved,” people are thinking about military intervention, and the only one of the countries listed where there would likely be few or even no Americans killed or wounded in action is an attack on Boko Haram.

I think there’s much more to it than that and it revolves around the visceral reaction to someone kidnapping a bunch of little girls and threatening to sell them into slavery to try to keep other little girls from going to school. I don’t believe we should invade Nigeria against its will to accomplish it but if we were able to go in and put about 100 rounds into that a-hole and then ceremoniously rip the burqas off those kids I would feel that at least we got one concretely good thing out of eight years of Obama. Yeah, I know a lot of bad stuff is happening in the world and we can’t play world cop but maybe it would be good to show that there are still some red lines you can’t cross and kidnapping pre-teen and early girls and using them as a negotiating ploy is one of them.

Long Legged MacDaddy on May 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Her go-to accusation with these Nigerian girls would be Rayciss!, of course, but that won’t work with a AA in charge,

Dolce Far Niente on May 14, 2014 at 5:54 PM

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LOL… OH! Misfire, I got that wrong at first. Dang.

ExpressoBold on May 14, 2014 at 6:01 PM

She fell out of the wackadoodle tree and hit every branch n the way down…

ladyingray on May 14, 2014 at 6:02 PM

We’ve already got boobs on the ground. Unfortunately, they’re all in Washington.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on May 14, 2014 at 6:02 PM

xNavigator on May 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I agree, but I would say it differently, probably by replacing “violently,” with “efficiently, and in such a way that the perpetrators receive the just consequences of their actions.”

Cheshire_Kat on May 14, 2014 at 6:03 PM

An NBC employee questioning motives of Obama administration? Pinch me!

Sheerq on May 14, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Imagine, Ayan Hirsi Ali was forbidden to talk about this, at Brandeis University. – Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Being a Liberal usually equals closed mind.

SC.Charlie on May 14, 2014 at 6:05 PM

…we’ve been trying to get Senator Senile ‘committed’….can you call your Uncle Harry…and see what he can do?…maybe he can do it from the Senate Floor!

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2014 at 5:35 PM

MY Uncle Harry? I’m not a Democrat, dude. Thankfully, Reid is one embarrassment I can say I have nothing to do with. McCain, OTOH, well… he did get my vote in 08, but lesser of two evils and all that.

DisneyFan on May 14, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Would they have acted sooner if the girls were all latinas?
Would they have acted sooner if the girls were all registered democrats?
Would they have acted sooner if the girls were all illegitimate children of obama?

No. Why? He doesn’t care unless it’s politically expedient to care and he can do it without hurting his muslim brothers. End of story.

Diluculo on May 14, 2014 at 6:08 PM

this is a tough one.

OK here is where I come down.

IF we decide it is in the best interest of the US to intercede, we should do so when more girls (or boys, those liberals hate to save boys) more girls are being killed than Americans abort everyday.

smitty41 on May 14, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Andrea the Pandrea.

vnvet on May 14, 2014 at 6:13 PM

The only thing that would’ve gotten any sort of rapid response would be if they kidnapped a bunch of Dem donors / bundlers.

Oxymoron on May 14, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Does she think Boko Haram’s first act of terrorism was the kidnapping of girls? Too stupid. The administration has been doing nothing for a long time. The victims were all wrong. Islamic extremists attacking christians does not compute in liberal land.

Shtetl G on May 14, 2014 at 6:23 PM

A ‘mostly male’ administration would be more inclined to rescue kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, not less.

The real reason for the reluctance to get involved is that it’s just more Muslim violence against Christians in a remote part of the world.

Sadly, there’s a hierarchy of appoved victim groups on the left, and black Christians who live far away are pretty low on that list.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 14, 2014 at 6:48 PM

(Curiously missing from Angrea’s arsenal is banned-like-the-neutron-bomb laser of accusation… Islamists targeting Christians, but of course, some weapons must never be deployed.)

Dolce Far Niente on May 14, 2014 at 5:54 PM

And, did she really not know about the Christian boys who were killed by being burned alive? Or, all the other atrocities that we, as a country, have ignored?

I shouldn’t be, but I’m shocked by her ignorance.

Fallon on May 14, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Not our problem. But it is. That’s life. I say we deal with it. Violently.

xNavigator on May 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I think there’s a lot we could do to help without actual military intervention. But there’s no will to do it, or to even try. That might involve admitting that killing Osama bin Laden didn’t fix the terrorism problem.

There are two big problems here:
1) The terrorism
2) The fact that the government of Nigeria isn’t interested in doing anything about (1)

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM

There are two big problems here:
1) The terrorism
2) The fact that the government of Nigeria isn’t interested in doing anything about (1)

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM

There’s a third problem:

3) An administration (ours) more concerned with optics and political posturing/theater than with reality on the ground or actual military victory. They want to continue to maintain that al-Qaeda and Islamo-fascist-terrorists are on-the-run, denying the reality that al-Qaeda and Islamo-fascist-terrorists are very much not on-the-run but are in fact metastasizing all around the world, even in the West.

Obama has spent more time with the Muslim Brotherhood at the White House than I care to consider, which speaks volumes for his values.

xNavigator on May 14, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Hey, I’m dressed quite well today, thank you very much.

Midas on May 14, 2014 at 5:26 PM

But do they match?: http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2014/05/14/guys-enough-with-the-matchy-matchy-clothes/

davidk on May 14, 2014 at 7:38 PM

If they were white boys, it wouldn’t even be in the news.

davidk on May 14, 2014 at 7:38 PM

So the Hillary supporters are going to attack Obama as sexist.

Such class from the Left.

ajacksonian on May 14, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Hey Andrea—the so called male response to refuse to identify these butchers as terrorist was by….. Hillary Climton with whom you claim sisterhood. And let’s not forget Amdrea that the rape, kidnapping, murder of these terrorists against Christians, and Christian girls, has been waged in Sudan

cthemfly on May 14, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Another day, another f*ckin’ comment eaten by Autorefresh. GRRR…

Wanderlust on May 14, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Is Mitchell really that much of an ignoramus? The reason we are particularly concerned about them IS that they are girls.

oldennis on May 14, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Would our mostly male administration have acted sooner if those Nigerian schoolgirls weren’t girls?

Ooops! Andrea evidently forgot who was President. Which is surprising, seeing as she worships the ground he walks on.

GarandFan on May 14, 2014 at 11:34 PM

No, Andrea, the admin didn’t act because they were girls. They didn’t act because the kidnappers were Islamofascists. Now if it could be blamed on the Koch brothers, that would be different.

jvermeer on May 15, 2014 at 12:25 AM

What bosh.

Considering that this administration is exclusively about how things play on the six o’clock news, and its desperate efforts to pivot the nation’s focus from Benghazi by playing up a specious Republican War On Women, and that there is nothing on earth more emotionally fetching than the sight of a pretty girl on the cusp of womanhood in distress, it is nothing but the most brainless sort of rote reactionism (when are we going to start hearing about “Left-wing reactionaries”, eh?) to claim that Obama is indifferent to these poor girls.

Go away, Andrea. Just…go away.

jbspry on May 15, 2014 at 10:12 AM

We have no more business getting involved in the school girl kidnapping than Nigeria should have had finding the Lindbergh baby, that being said, The girls are already black and female, so what more would make this all male admin get involved? Maybe if they were also Lesbian quadriplegics.

esnap on May 15, 2014 at 11:17 AM