Nigerian gov’t turned down deal for kidnaped girls, warns against military action

posted at 12:41 pm on May 27, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Taken separately, the Nigerian government’s policies on the rescue of more than 200 girls kidnaped by Boko Haram are entirely defensible. Most governments refuse to negotiate with terrorists, after all, including the US. In the specific circumstances of this crisis, the use of force to resolve it may well prove disastrous.

Put together, though, it looks incoherent and impotent, especially since Nigeria’s military command now claim to know where Boko Haram are hiding the girls:

The Nigerian military has come under harsh criticism for its failure to rescue more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls, and six weeks after they were snatched from their school in the north of the country, Nigeria’s Chief of Defense Alex Badeh claimed the military knew where they were, but a rescue operation was too risky.

Badeh told a crowd of bussed-in demonstrators gathered to support the beleaguered military that he couldn’t say publicly where the 276 missing girls were being held.

If the military rules out using force to rescue the girls, CBS News contributor Debora Patta reports that it would leave secret negotiations between the government and the Boko Haram militant group — which have been going on for weeks — as the main option.

But a source close to the talks told CBS News that a deal to swap the girls for Boko Haram prisoners secured over the weekend was scuttled at the last minute by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Jonathan can’t have it both ways. Either he cuts a deal and puts off the fight against Boko Haram, or he has to use military force at some point to free the girls. Deciding against both options only means that the girls will remain abducted indefinitely.

Hagel told Charlie Rose that the US would take action to free the hostages, but left the kind of action necessarily ambiguous. It’s better at this point not to tip our hand, even if Nigeria doesn’t clearly understand that. If we were inclined to take the lead on such a raid, though, we’d need at least some logistical and tactical support from the Nigerian military, which they seem reluctant to deploy on their own.

CBS calls this situation “confusing,” which is a polite word for the ancient-but-useful military term FUBAR.


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The only way this isn’t FUBAR is that there is a plan in place to rescue the girls but no one is going to tip their hand. Given the Nigerian and US leadership in place, that sounds like a long shot.

rbj on May 27, 2014 at 12:47 PM

We found the girl, but we are keeping where they are a secret. lol

Yeah! My guess is A)they are full of sh!t B) They’re in on it.

coolrepublica on May 27, 2014 at 12:48 PM

It was kind of Goodluck to tell the world they have located the girls.
That way the kidnappers won’t be surprised.

butch on May 27, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Hashtag ‘em forward to the Stone Age.

Christien on May 27, 2014 at 12:49 PM

#FrownyFace

rogerb on May 27, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I think we should give the hashtag more time. #YesAllNigerianSchoolgirls

tdarrington on May 27, 2014 at 12:59 PM

We’ve finally found a government more incompetent than the one in DC.

ConstantineXI on May 27, 2014 at 12:59 PM

What other options are there?

Converting to Islam, the religion of pieces.

“Just another culture, rubes” — any leftist

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Nigeria’s Chief of Defense Alex Badeh claimed the military knew where they were, but a rescue operation was too risky.

Remember Beslan ?

burrata on May 27, 2014 at 1:03 PM

We’ve finally found a government more incompetent than the one in DC.

ConstantineXI on May 27, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Tossup I’d say:

FLASHBACK: Obama Administration Threatened Nigeria With Sanctions In 2013 For Fighting Boko Haram…

slickwillie2001 on May 27, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Cannot we just write the entire continent off and pretend it doesn’t exist? There is not a single country there worth having trade, visa exchange or business contacts with, not to speak of immigration.

Rix on May 27, 2014 at 1:08 PM

“Put together, though, it looks incoherent and impotent…”

There is a lot of that going around lately…

Seven Percent Solution on May 27, 2014 at 1:08 PM

#LikeObamawedontknowWTFwearedoing

TXUS on May 27, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Hillary has this on her soul.

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Hillary has this on her soul.

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2014 at 1:11 PM

On her WHAT?

Rix on May 27, 2014 at 1:12 PM

They may not be able to do anything to get the girls back.

But they can absolutely do something to put a stop to kidnapping girls in the future.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 27, 2014 at 1:12 PM

The Nigerian military has 200,000 regulars distributed across 3 branches and 300,000 reserves.

The impotence here is amazing. They need help from a dozen or so US troops and some FBI agents in their own country? They can’t deal with internal banditry? Laughable.

Mason on May 27, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Sometimes when promoting Islam, you need to break a few eggs.

We have zero reason to get involved in this and are in far worse peril at the hands of this Marxist government at home.

trs on May 27, 2014 at 1:18 PM

All because Obama dropped a Coke bottle from Air Force One…

Christien on May 27, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Sure

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Nigeria’s military command now claim to know where Boko Haram are hiding the girls:

They should tell us and let the SEALs handle it.

trigon on May 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

dude needs more larger epaulets wif gold and platinum

Murphy9 on May 27, 2014 at 1:27 PM

My guess is A)they are full of sh!t
 
coolrepublica on May 27, 2014 at 12:48 PM

 
We’re still waiting on your yes or no here, coolrepublica.
 
http://hotair.com/archives/2014/05/23/democrats-introduce-exciting-new-meme-to-celebrate-obama-doing-nothing-to-fix-the-va/comment-page-4/#comment-8105991

rogerb on May 27, 2014 at 1:28 PM

All because Obama dropped a Coke bottle from Air Force One…

Christien on May 27, 2014 at 1:19 PM

The Preznit Must Be Crazy

trigon on May 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Those girls are probably a lost cause at this point. It would be better for security and more merciful for the girls to just blanket the region in MOABs. Terrorists need to be slaughtered wherever they are found and that includes everyone who knows them and associates with them. 5 known terrorists in a village of fifty? Burn the whole thing down. Word will spread that giving refuge to terrorists is the same as committing suicide. If a terrorist’s family is located hold them in prison. Convict them of association with a known terrorist and then give the terrorist a chance to trade his life for theirs. If he refuses hang his family. Hang his relatives. Hang his friends. There’s no nice way to defeat these monsters unless you are strong enough to be just as brutal towards them. Anything less and nothing changes as the status quo will attest.

HotAirian on May 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Tossup I’d say:
FLASHBACK: Obama Administration Threatened Nigeria With Sanctions In 2013 For Fighting Boko Haram…
slickwillie2001 on May 27, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Indeed. The meddling by us has the Nigerians hamstrung. Nigeria has had its problems with radicals going way back before the underwear bomber. They could have used our help but instead their concerns are routinely ignored or poo-poohed. Shades of colonialist superiority complex from both the donk and gop admins.

AH_C on May 27, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Tossup I’d say:
FLASHBACK: Obama Administration Threatened Nigeria With Sanctions In 2013 For Fighting Boko Haram…
slickwillie2001 on May 27, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Another example of how the left protects Islam…and in this case sexual slavery.

And the fact the GOP leadership is not pounding Obama on this also proves what sissies they are.

William Eaton on May 27, 2014 at 2:07 PM

trigon,
He must’ve gotten snagged by a Waitaminute bush on his way to bring back our girls.

Christien on May 27, 2014 at 2:29 PM

It sounds like everybody is using those girls as political pawns.

crankyoldlady on May 27, 2014 at 2:42 PM

We’re still waiting on your yes or no here, coolrepublica.

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/05/23/democrats-introduce-exciting-new-meme-to-celebrate-obama-doing-nothing-to-fix-the-va/comment-page-4/#comment-8105991

rogerb on May 27, 2014 at 1:28 PM

By “we” I am sure you mean “you.” lol

coolrepublica on May 27, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Too bad there isn’t a photogenic blonde in the bunch. CNN would be all over it.

Galtian on May 27, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Ed,
Please correct the spelling in your headline. Should be ‘kidnapped.’

Brat on May 27, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Terrorists need to be slaughtered wherever they are found and that includes everyone who knows them and associates with them. 5 known terrorists in a village of fifty? Burn the whole thing down. Word will spread that giving refuge to terrorists is the same as committing suicide. If a terrorist’s family is located hold them in prison. Convict them of association with a known terrorist and then give the terrorist a chance to trade his life for theirs. If he refuses hang his family. Hang his relatives. Hang his friends. There’s no nice way to defeat these monsters unless you are strong enough to be just as brutal towards them. Anything less and nothing changes as the status quo will attest.

Do you even realize what you’re arguing?

Okay, let’s apply this here in the US to sociopaths, serial killers, and sex offenders.

Do you have an uncle who’s a sex offender? What if you actually believe he’s innocent? Too bad, you die because your uncle would rather live than save his family. Oh well, the entire family was guilty by association.

Nah, what do you mean that some relatives would gang up on one family member and call him a terrorist/sociotpath/sex offender/serial killer though he’s innocent? Surely, people don’t kill each other for revenge or getting inheritance? Nope, that can’t possibly happen, especially that some people are naturally paranoid. The police and government aren’t infallible either. No innocent person ever goes to prison, right? Right?

DevilishSoda on May 27, 2014 at 5:46 PM

*should be “are infallible”.

DevilishSoda on May 27, 2014 at 7:19 PM

These jihadis only know one thing and that’s war. War needs to come to them and wipe them all out.

sadsushi on May 27, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Nigeria’s Chief of Defense Alex Badeh claimed the military knew where they were, but a rescue operation was too risky.

Remember Beslan ?

burrata on May 27, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Remember Munich? Compared with Munich where German authorities thought they could negotiate with the followers of the false prophet, Beslan was a successful rescue operation.

jpmn on May 28, 2014 at 8:59 AM