As Libya implodes, Obama sends 80 U.S. troops to Chad to help find the kidnapped Nigerian girls

posted at 6:01 pm on May 21, 2014 by Allahpundit

I think this might be a sneak peek at the final two and a half years of Hopenchange foreign policy. Having achieved squat from his big-ticket initiatives — outreach to Russia, Egyptian democracy, intervention in Libya, a doomed nuclear “deal” with Iran — maybe Obama’s planning to stick to small-ball actions that everyone can feel good about from here on out. Post-Qaddafi Libya increasingly looks like a “Mad Max” landscape, but if our boys can mow down some Boko Haram scumbags and get a few of those kidnapped girls back, everyone will smile, no?

Reports from border villagers soon after more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped from their secondary school in Chibok by Boko Haram indicated that some may have been ferried across Lake Chad or taken to Chad or Cameroon via land routes…

“Approximately 80 U.S. Armed Forces personnel have deployed to Chad as part of the U.S. efforts to locate and support the safe return of over 200 schoolgirls who are reported to have been kidnapped in Nigeria,” said the letter from Obama submitted to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate President Pro Tempore Pat Leahy (D-Vt.).

“These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area,” Obama continued. “The force will remain in Chad until its support in resolving the kidnapping situation is no longer required.”

I’d be curious to hear O explain the national-security rationale for this mission, although, in fairness to him, the public doesn’t demand one of those to justify a small military intervention. U.S. troops won’t be in the lead here, just in a support role, much like the troops who were sent to Africa a few years to try to find Joseph Kony. They haven’t found him yet, just like they probably won’t find the girls. It’s not for lack of trying; it’s just that the project is quixotic.

On Tuesday, a Defense Department spokesman, Rear. Adm. John Kirby, called the search for the missing girls tantamount to finding “a needle in a jungle.”

“We’re talking about an area roughly the size of West Virginia, and it’s dense forest jungle,” he told reporters.

We might not find them but we’re trying, and that proof of Obama’s good intentions is something he can and will point to the next time he’s called out on his record of endless foreign-policy misfires. You’re apt to hear a lot about this deployment in the news today; what you might not have heard is that there’s another small squad of U.S. troops who are preparing to deploy to Africa for a very different kind of mission. Quietly, 250 Marines are on alert in Sicily right now to evacuate the U.S. embassy in Libya if things go (further) sideways in Tripoli. The country has reached the brink of dissolving into outright warlordism — in part because the White House didn’t pay enough attention to stop it.

Libyan authorities, to put it bluntly, have lost control of their country. A revolt by a rogue general against Libya’s Islamist groups has pitted the nation’s vast constellation of militias against one another, with civilians increasingly caught in the crossfire. The country’s neighbors and partners are frantic: Over the weekend, Algerian forces dropped into the capital city Tripoli to exfiltrate their ambassador and later closed all border crossings with Libya; Tunisia amassed 5,000 troops at the Libyan border; and the U.S. Defense Department doubled the number of aircraft on standby in Italy and deployed hundreds of Marines to Sicily in case they needed to abruptly evacuate the embassy, a decision that could come at literally any moment…

[T]he administration … unveiled a program late last year that would have brought roughly 8,000 Libyan soldiers outside the country for military training designed to turn them into the core of a new Libyan army. The program has struggled to get off the ground, however. A former U.S. official involved in the creation of the program said the administration seemed to quickly lose interest in the program and was never willing to devote the resources necessary to train enough troops to actually help pacify Libya

[T]he U.S. [also] preferred to leave many issues related to the economy to the Libyans and other international institutions. “They really did not seek to play a major visible role,” said Jacquand.

Say this much for O: His approach to Libya has been consistent. He sold the intervention as a case of “leading from behind” and he stuck with it throughout the country’s abortive reconstruction, with Libya now poised for civil war and various forms of jihadi degeneracy, from sharia law to terror plots to arms dealing. Hopefully we’ll bring back the kidnapped girls, though.

Exit question via Ross Douthat: Apart from the Bin Laden raid, what would qualify as a White House foreign-policy “success”? We’re five years into Hopenchange. There should be some red-letter international triumph that America can point to as vindication of the Obama 2008 vision. What is it?


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#Lobster

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 6:03 PM

These girls are muslims.
Now Hussein will save them.

burrata on May 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM

This not any of our business, none. Sorry for those girls, but they need to get their own house in order.

Johnnyreb on May 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Why does Mooch have that constant scowl on her face? She looks like a bitter b!tch to me…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Why does Michelle look so much more cheerful than normal in that photo?

rogerb on May 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Hashtag activism. Gotta love it.

#BringbackZombieReagan

HotAirian on May 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM

BTW, is Killery OK with this mission or is he doing it to wipe that scowl out of Mooch’s mug ?

burrata on May 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Daddy? Did you find the girls yet?

Judge_Dredd on May 21, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Not that I am against helping these girls but:

1. No help for our guys in Benghazi…ever. No justice and 80 is way more than what went to investigate, to get to the bottom, and bring those that murdered an ambassador and three other brave men.

2. The cost for this sure would help VA hospitals. Of course not having a Commander And Chief (according to Obama) and president getting the bureaucrats that he won’t punish do their jobs. Those government workers do enough already.

3. Was it his wife’s Tweet that finally got this to happen? WIN!!!!

jukin3 on May 21, 2014 at 6:08 PM

He should send Michelle to tell them what’s what. Mooch, don’t forget yer little cardboard sign.

disa on May 21, 2014 at 6:09 PM

I thought I had heard on Rush that they had already separated those girls into different locations and they were being married off to terrorists. Well, good luck. Sounds like an Islamic thing.

Marcus on May 21, 2014 at 6:10 PM

On Tuesday, a Defense Department spokesman, Rear. Adm. John Kirby, called the search for the missing girls tantamount to finding “a needle in a jungle.”
 
“We’re talking about an area roughly the size of West Virginia, and it’s dense forest jungle,” he told reporters.

 
They should talk to the DEA and see if they’ve got any helicopters and sensors they can borrow.

rogerb on May 21, 2014 at 6:11 PM

80 troops now in Loco Haram’s sights… FLOTUS leads the way with ###’s blazing.

Marcola on May 21, 2014 at 6:11 PM

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 6:06 PM

I think that is her look of true concern, or when someone steals her lobster. Interchangeable perhaps.

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 6:11 PM

. . . the administration seemed to quickly lose interest . . .

Obama is the first ADD president.

myiq2xu on May 21, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Apart from the Bin Laden raid, what would qualify as a White House foreign-policy “success”? We’re five years into Hopenchange. There should be some red-letter international triumph that America can point to as vindication of the Obama 2008 vision. What is it?

When you say ” success” , you mean success for Hussein
or
” success” for our country ?

burrata on May 21, 2014 at 6:12 PM

We can make a PR move to try to save our girls in Chad, but no effort to even try to save our Americans in Benghazi?

Techster64 on May 21, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Exit question via Ross Douthat: Apart from the Bin Laden raid, what would qualify as a White House foreign-policy “success”?

He’s succeeded in diminishing America on the global stage, which has been his intent.

rbj on May 21, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Quietly, 250 Marines are on alert in Sicily right now to evacuate the U.S. embassy in Libya if things go (further) sideways in Tripoli.

Oh, so now we have assets on alert to help U.S. embassy personnel in Libya, but not on 9/11/12.

Bitter Clinger on May 21, 2014 at 6:14 PM

The only honest solution to the Libyan problem was to pick out some secular Libyan general to be chief warlord. He gets military aid in return for crushing the more traditional Muslims, aka Jihadists, and establishing something that at least resembles modernity even if it is a military dictatorship. That is the best you can hope for in the Islamic world. Democracy / constitutional republics are out of the question in the Islamic world because all you will get is an Islamist takeover.

Hopefully people have learned their lesson about this, including Republicans.

William Eaton on May 21, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Why send 80 troops? Just send Obama’s brother. He can walk in and out of the camps and no one would even notice. Give him a call. I’d bet he’d do it for a visa.

HotAirian on May 21, 2014 at 6:15 PM

I’m sure that Michelle has been bugging the cr@p out of Barack to send troops to rescue “our girls.”

NavyMustang on May 21, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Quietly, 250 Marines are on alert in Sicily right now to evacuate the U.S. embassy in Libya if things go (further) sideways in Tripoli.

What the hell are we waiting for? Unbelievable!

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 6:18 PM

I thought I had heard on Rush that they had already separated those girls into different locations and they were being married off to terrorists. Well, good luck. Sounds like an Islamic thing.

Marcus on May 21, 2014 at 6:10 PM

My guess is that our guys will surely find some girls ( who may or maynot be the same ones who were converted by Bozo harem) ,
then they’ll save them , reunite them with their families and fly them all , together with the rest of their village people in to the USA and get them on welfare.
Then, Hussein will read a grand speech at primetime ,
with Mooch by his side and the girls behind him .

burrata on May 21, 2014 at 6:18 PM

The courage. The courage it took to post that tweet!

And, that photo! That photo!

Walking courage, I tell ya. Walking courage./

avagreen on May 21, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Why does Mooch have that constant scowl on her face?

Reggie Love

myiq2xu on May 21, 2014 at 6:19 PM

He’s only months late!
Nice job, retard.

Tard on May 21, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Reggie Love

myiq2xu on May 21, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Nice delivery on that one.

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 6:20 PM

By being weak and letting things fall apart Obama is almost guaranteeing armed intervention somewhere when he is out of office. Somewhere the new president will be forced to make someone an object lesson to let everyone know there is a new sheriff in town. Then he will sit on his hind end and remind everyone that he never did this, completely oblivious to the fact that his inaction set this scenario up. What an arrogant putz.

warmairfan on May 21, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Some great ‘toons on the subject…

‘Toons of the Day: Incompetence, Intolerance, & Idiocracy

Resist We Much on May 21, 2014 at 6:24 PM

The courage. The courage it took to post that tweet!
 
And, that photo! That photo!
 
Walking courage, I tell ya. Walking courage./
 
avagreen on May 21, 2014 at 6:18 PM

 
I like it best when realizing the total amount of effort that went into it. White House photographer, multiple shots, editing, lighting, probably hair and makeup, etc. I’d love to know what that picture cost.
 
Tweets are essentially free, right?

rogerb on May 21, 2014 at 6:24 PM

So is this yet another of those ‘unauthorized foreign interventions’ that the Left gets so hyper about whenever a Republican does it? I remember a lot of that during the Cold War and how this demonstrated that America was an Imperialist for shoving our troops in where it was none of our business… that was always touted on the Left as being a principled position they would always stand for.

Until a D gets into office, that is.

Then the crickets, my friend, are chirping in the wind…

ajacksonian on May 21, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Obligatory Airplane clip:

“When will you be back?”
“I can’t tell you that. It’s classified.”

Steve Eggleston on May 21, 2014 at 6:27 PM

These girls are muslims.
Now Hussein will save them.

burrata on May 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM

They’re girls.

kcewa on May 21, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Who is this Chad fella, and why does he have our girls?

/Biden

Left Coast Right Mind on May 21, 2014 at 6:29 PM

CiC will have a lot to find out about while reading the newspaper tomorrow.

Marcola on May 21, 2014 at 6:29 PM

So is this yet another of those ‘unauthorized foreign interventions’ that the Left gets so hyper about whenever a Republican does it? I remember a lot of that during the Cold War and how this demonstrated that America was an Imperialist for shoving our troops in where it was none of our business… that was always touted on the Left as being a principled position they would always stand for.

Until a D gets into office, that is.

Then the crickets, my friend, are chirping in the wind…

ajacksonian on May 21, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Code Pink hasn’t been heard from since, oh, about 1/20/2009.

Curious thing.

Bitter Clinger on May 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Why does Mooch have that constant scowl on her face? She looks like a bitter b!tch beard to me…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Fixed…

JohnGalt23 on May 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Why does Mooch have that constant scowl on her face? She looks like a bitter b!tch to me…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Well, after all she admitted in 2008 that she had never been proud of America until that very year…

Last year I saw one of those P-BS “In Performance at the White House” shows; this one had country music featured. For the entire hour, Michelle did not smile once.

Del Dolemonte on May 21, 2014 at 6:31 PM

And if he manages to get these girls he will crow at yet another Foreign policy success and the media will eat it up. However if we lose one of our own I hope the shit would hit the fan…

sandee on May 21, 2014 at 6:33 PM

“Approximately 80 U.S. Armed Forces personnel have deployed to Chad as part of the U.S. efforts to locate and support the safe return of over 200 schoolgirls who are reported to have been kidnapped in Nigeria,”

Let’s look at the Obama administration through the numbers

Number of troops sent to the Eastern Europe to support our long-promised assistance to Ukraine- 0(but we did send them surplus MREs)

Number of troops sent to help those trapped in the consulate at Benghazi- 0 (we sent a stand down order to the DoD instead)

Number of individuals mobilized to investigate the VA’s abuse and neglect of veterans- 1 administration official whose job is to keep the rat-eared bastard out of the line-of-fire.

But we can send troops to Chad over what is essentially a social media firestorm without any real US interest in the outcome.

We’ve also spent virtually unlimited resources on keeping Obamacare on life support. No amount of treasure is too much.

Priorities within the dictatorship of America’s first Muslim president. But nevermind, that Ted Cruz is crazy scary or something.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Whoa! At first, I thought that sign said “#Bring Back Orgies”.

Ars Moriendi on May 21, 2014 at 6:36 PM

The one upside–if <0 will let our soldiers TCB, 80 will be plenty and it'll be done clean and quick. I realize that is probably expecting too much from the ditherer in chief.

Though I generally agree with all the cat calls of "hypocrite" thrown at <0 over this, it is an instance of egregious international criminality that needs to be squashed like the maggots Bozo Harem are.

Ay Uaxe on May 21, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Libyan want to kill each other, who are we to tell them no? They should be given every opportunity to do it. More power to them I said.

jdun on May 21, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Obama has to fight the War on Women wherever he can, in Chad if not in hanging chads.

Steve Z on May 21, 2014 at 6:38 PM

They’re girls.

kcewa on May 21, 2014 at 6:28 PM

So are the daughters of veterans being killed by VA hospitals.

burrata on May 21, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Let’s look at the Obama administration through the numbers

Number of troops sent to the Eastern Europe to support our long-promised assistance to Ukraine- 0(but we did send them surplus MREs)

Number of troops sent to help those trapped in the consulate at Benghazi- 0 (we sent a stand down order to the DoD instead)

Number of individuals mobilized to investigate the VA’s abuse and neglect of veterans- 1 administration official whose job is to keep the rat-eared bastard out of the line-of-fire.

But we can send troops to Chad over what is essentially a social media firestorm without any real US interest in the outcome.

We’ve also spent virtually unlimited resources on keeping Obamacare on life support. No amount of treasure is too much.

Priorities within the dictatorship of America’s first Muslim president. But nevermind, that Ted Cruz is crazy scary or something.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Nicely encapsulated.

Bitter Clinger on May 21, 2014 at 6:41 PM

He APOLOGIZED. Gee, what more do you want?

UnderstandingisPower on May 21, 2014 at 6:41 PM

The One will, as usual, do nothing, while downgrading our military to Third World status. His excuse – lack of resources brought about by Boooosh’s over extension of our military has resulted in His inability to bring about ‘fundamental change’ of Amerika to the extent, and speed, of his desire; therefore, “I must destroy the village (America) in order to ‘save it’.”

vnvet on May 21, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Dear Mr. President, if you’re not also going after Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi in Mexico and expediting the U.S. citizenship of the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for accepting Christianity, then F.U.

somewhatconcerned on May 21, 2014 at 6:43 PM

This should be a real surprise. They have no idea we are coming tee hee.

faol on May 21, 2014 at 6:44 PM

I’m gonna guess that Boko Haram crossed Obama’s red line.

Bitter Clinger on May 21, 2014 at 6:44 PM

“Huh, huh, I usually sent in a cruise missile or two when my scandals got front page…”

——– Slick the First Sex Offender Preznit

(grimaces, bites lower, lip, looks up to see who “bought” it)

viking01 on May 21, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Alt Headline: Obama Administration Only Reacts To World Events

BigGator5 on May 21, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Fixed…

JohnGalt23 on May 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Nice fix…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 6:50 PM

However if we lose one of our own I hope the shit would hit the fan…

sandee on May 21, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Woodrow Wilson occupied part of Mexico for seven months over arms being shipped to rebels during the Mexican Revolution of 1914.

More recently:

Ronald Reagan sent 7,300 troops to Grenada.

GHWB sent 27,000 troops to Panama during Operation Just Cause.

Bill Clinton was prepared to invade Haiti (Operation Uphold Democracy) with significant military force.

GWB, was prepared to act in Iraq and Afghanistan.

And now we have a Muslim-loving and America-hating President who sends a paltry number of troops (just enough to be harmed by the enemy) into a neighboring country because those Nigerian Christian girls have become a social media thing. He even inflicted pictures of his filthy racisit wife on us scowling with a hashtag selfie.

In the pantheon of Great America leaders, Obama doesn’t even rate a commemorative urinal.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Dear Mr. President, if you’re not also going after Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi in Mexico and expediting the U.S. citizenship of the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for accepting Christianity, then F.U.

somewhatconcerned on May 21, 2014 at 6:43 PM

What do these 2 people have to do with Hussein ?
/

burrata on May 21, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Alt Headline: Obama Administration Only Reacts To World Events

BigGator5 on May 21, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Alt Headline: Obama Administration Only Reacts To World Events as reported by Twitter.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2014 at 6:52 PM

I know why Dog Eater is doing this, because if he had more than two daughters they would look like those kidnapped girls.

And Boko Haram acted stupidly.

Bishop on May 21, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Obama has to fight the War on Women wherever he can, in Chad if not in hanging chads.

Steve Z on May 21, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Then what about that Sudanese Christian woman who will be killed once she gives birth?

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2014 at 6:55 PM

“That would be retarded, sir.”

——– Obama’s son’s girlfriend

viking01 on May 21, 2014 at 6:56 PM

BREAKING NEWS: California woman escapes 10 years after she was kidnapped aged 15, raped continuously, forced to marry her abductor and have his child

A woman who was 15 when she disappeared 10 years ago from her California home has contacted police and says she was held against her will for years. The Santa Ana Police Department said Wednesday that they have booked her captor, 41-year-old Isidro Garcia (above), on suspicion of kidnapping for rape, lewd acts with a minor and false imprisonment. Police say she was dating Garcia in 2004, when she was 15. Police say that after assaulting her mother, Garcia drugged the girl and drove her to a house in Compton where he locked her in a garage.

War on women.

Resist We Much on May 21, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Quietly, 250 Marines are on alert in Sicily right now to evacuate the U.S. embassy in Libya if things go (further) sideways in Tripoli.

What the hell are we waiting for? Unbelievable!

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 6:18 PM

The State Department is blocking all incoming youtube videos to Libya to see if that keeps things tamped down, if not then they’ll evacuate.

Bishop on May 21, 2014 at 6:59 PM

So a totally ineffective hashtag campaign vs. a totally ineffective prayer campaign. Which one will be widely recognized as useless?

Dan_Yul on May 21, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Having achieved squat from his big-ticket initiatives

Wrong. You started at the wrong premise.

WryTrvllr on May 21, 2014 at 7:08 PM

So a totally ineffective hashtag campaign vs. a totally ineffective prayer campaign. Which one will be widely recognized as useless?

Dan_Yul on May 21, 2014 at 7:05 PM

I tend to co-opt this hashtage campaign next time abortion bubbles up as a national story. What could be a more effective hashtag for the pro-life movement than the message “#BringBackOurGirls?”

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Chad? You must mean HANGING Chads.

MaiDee on May 21, 2014 at 7:11 PM

…the B!TCH is BACK!

KOOLAID2 on May 21, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Watching how Obama effed-up Libya is going has me wondering how Obama effed-up Egypt is doing?

… and Obama effed-up Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Ukraine and Afghanistan?

viking01 on May 21, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Obama is the first ADD president.

myiq2xu on May 21, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Hopefully the next one can do long division too.

WryTrvllr on May 21, 2014 at 7:25 PM

So a totally ineffective hashtag campaign vs. a totally ineffective prayer campaign. Which one will be widely recognized as useless? Numb_Skull on May 21, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Every thread’s an atheism thread!

Akzed on May 21, 2014 at 7:25 PM

I sure hope he commits a couple new acquisition Aviat Huskies to help support those 80 troops.

Money is tight, ya know.

WryTrvllr on May 21, 2014 at 7:29 PM

So a totally ineffective hashtag campaign vs. a totally ineffective prayer campaign. Which one will be widely recognized as useless?

Dan_Yul on May 21, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Wow, what a wad.

All that prayer to the east has been pretty effective so far.

But at least we can throw valium and viagra at them.

Not a bunch of virgins, but hey, it’s something.

WryTrvllr on May 21, 2014 at 7:32 PM

?I believe, without a doubt, something happened in Libya that will make Iran-Contra look like Romper Room, and this Obama administration fears the truth about Libyan intervention coming to light.”
http://allenbwest.com/2014/05/will-obamas-foreign-policy-missteps-allow-islamists-take-libya/

Jayrae on May 21, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Maybe the feds bought them billion rounds of .40 for this mission.

Oh wait, those were hollow points. Can’t use them against anyone but Americans.

Akzed on May 21, 2014 at 7:38 PM

st Cause. Bill Clinton was prepared to invade Haiti (Operation Uphold Democracy) with significant military force.

Prepared?

I was there. Amphibs hit the beach.

wolly4321 on May 21, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Prepared?

I was there. Amphibs hit the beach.

wolly4321 on May 21, 2014 at 7:38 PM

True but it wasn’t an invasion invasion. The CNN cameras were there to document the landing. The real driving factor was the fact that troops were going to be landing one way or another.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Let’s see–if a force of 80 gets quickly surrounded by an army of 2-3,000, we have The Alamo, Custer’s Last Stand and Corregidor all rolled into one. But, look at the bright side. 1 They will be killed in the field instead of being tortured to death by Shinseki’s V.A. 2 The Obama Administration will avoid all blame for the tragedy since the media will cover it up and White House will stall long enough for them to accuse the Republicans of stirring up “old news” to create a “witch hunt.”

MaiDee on May 21, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Why not send the Dept of Agriculture troops? They’ve got automatic weapons and body armor…

bofh on May 21, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Leading from out of his behind again.

We know how well that works.

if our boys … get a few of those kidnapped girls back

A few?

You must be one of the ones who thought it was over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.

formwiz on May 21, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Look at that ridiculous dope.

Jaibones on May 21, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Every thread’s an atheism thread!

No Brain on May 21, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Nothing to do with atheism. It’s prayer vs. hashtag and which one has shown results.

The sending of troops is a government admission that neither prayer nor hashtag campaigns are worth a cold bottle of urine.

Dan_Yul on May 21, 2014 at 8:14 PM

In many ways Obama’s failure in Libya is worse than Bush’s failure in Iraq.

Joseph OHenry on May 21, 2014 at 8:18 PM

I hear crickets. How many girls have been freed from hashtag vs. how many freed by prayer? I would just like to know which one works and which one does not.

Dan_Yul on May 21, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Obama sends 80 U.S. troops to Chad to help find the kidnapped Nigerian girls

But, ssshhh! it’s a secret!

OccamsRazor on May 21, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Why send Am troops there, why the f…not ask his ally, the French to help with it. France has troops stationed in Chad since like forever, at least 1,000 of them…they have a squadron of Mirage fighters there, cargo planes, recon jets, armored vehicles and what not..probably even special forces that used to engage the rebels directly and who have infiltrated the area fir long, plus they speak the language…O could lead from behind, as usually, while asking his allies to contribute and shoulder the burden if some of the intl missions…why the heck you have allies for…

jimver on May 21, 2014 at 9:10 PM

As Libya implodes, Obama sends 80 U.S. troops to Chad to help find the kidnapped Nigerian girls

Will those guys be hung out to dry if Al-Qaeda attacks them, too?

At the very least, years from now, they’ll find their VA hospital records have, er, been misplaced.

Why anyone joins up in this day and age is beyond me.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 21, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Mowing down Boko Harum Scum is always a good thing even though Obama hasn’t accomplished anything. BTW, do we have any lady Marines for the task?

Illinidiva on May 21, 2014 at 9:46 PM

So a totally ineffective hashtag campaign vs. a totally ineffective prayer campaign. Which one will be widely recognized as useless?

Dan_Yul on May 21, 2014 at 7:05 PM

What prayer campaign? You’re the first person to mention prayer in the entire thread, including the main post.

If you want to have a theological food-fight, just be patient and wait for the next atheism thread like everyone else does.

RINO in Name Only on May 21, 2014 at 9:48 PM

?I believe, without a doubt, something happened in Libya that will make Iran-Contra look like Romper Room, and this Obama administration fears the truth about Libyan intervention coming to light.”
http://allenbwest.com/2014/05/will-obamas-foreign-policy-missteps-allow-islamists-take-libya/

Jayrae on May 21, 2014 at 7:38 PM

So do I but this time the press…

Cleombrotus on May 21, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Dan Yui,, I know personally hat prayer works, I prayed for the Lord to take away my thirst for booze and beer and He did instantly and I have had no taste for that stuff since 1985. Plus the Holy Spirit bares witness that there is a Creator. No matter what you say you will never convince me, and I have already read your arguments.

garydt on May 21, 2014 at 10:33 PM

If you read some European news websites, you will find out that some of these kidnapped sex slaves sell for as little as $12 each. So, howzabout we dispatch a briefcase carrier to meet Boko Haram at a certain public time and place, and buy them all back for $1,000 each?

Deal is done, nobody dies, girls are free (for now), and Mrs. President (Moochelle, not Valerie) can hashtag-crow about their accomplishments. Cheap, fast, effective, lets the libs sing their own praises, media laps it up.

Of course, if every single $100 bill paid is registered and then traced, we find out who all is playing the game. Or would that expose too many…”friends?”

DublOh7 on May 22, 2014 at 12:16 AM

80 more high-value hostages for the islamic non-terrorist Boko Haram.

Are these “boots-on-the-ground” or Birkenstocks-on-the-patio? Should Congress be informed?

virgo on May 22, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Blow it out your ass

In many ways Obama’s failure in Libya is worse than Bush’s failure in Iraq.
Joseph OHenry on May 21, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Iraq, despite the treacherous efforts of leftists, is not a failure

In fact I believe that the leftist punks have been a great motivation to handle things themselves

On a side note

I bet they showed mooch a bag of soggy Funyuns before they snapped the pic

Doyle Hargrave on May 22, 2014 at 12:25 AM

How is it a policy failure when the general in question “goes rogue” by attacking al-Qaeda?

What’s wrong with attacking al-Qaeda?

James Dahl on May 22, 2014 at 3:58 AM

We’re five years into Hopenchange. There should be some red-letter international triumph that America can point to as vindication of the Obama 2008 vision. What is it?

C’mon. The man has a Nobel Peace Prize.

The rest is just a victory lap.

TexasDan on May 22, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Can’t wait for this heifer to kick off to its great reward.

Murphy9 on May 22, 2014 at 8:32 AM

It’s none of our business.

glockomatic on May 22, 2014 at 8:48 AM

The manpower equivalent of TWO platoon’s into an issue involving several countries? Over an area larger than TX?
Yea, good luck with that.

My prayers for OUR troops may they be operating under ‘Weapons Free’ ROE’s. Or stay out of this shiitestorm.

Missilengr on May 22, 2014 at 10:33 AM

The country has reached the brink of dissolving into outright warlordism — in part because the White House didn’t pay enough attention to stop it.

Remember what Colin Powell (D – Pentagon) said to W before the Iraq War? “If you break it, you own it.”

I wonder if Powell (TWICE supporter of Obama) will repeat his quote this time.

There is a reason previous administrations, both D and R, have left Middle East dictators in place — the alternative “democracies” are MUCH worse.

fred5678 on May 22, 2014 at 12:20 PM

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