They Have a List. So What?

I can name three groups of people I’m not particularly fond of: Boko Haram, the US State Department and Team Hillary, so this might be a bit of a toughie:

The State Department under Hillary Clinton fought hard against placing the al Qaeda-linked militant group Boko Haram on its official list of foreign terrorist organizations for two years. And now, lawmakers and former U.S. officials are saying that the decision may have hampered the American government’s ability to confront the Nigerian group that shocked the world by abducting hundreds of innocent girls. … Secretary of State John Kerry eventually added Boko Haram and its splinter group Ansaru to the list of foreign terrorist organizations in November 2013, following a spate of church bombings and other acts that demonstrated the group’s escalating abilities to wreak havoc.

I take that back — it’s not a toughie at all.

It’s not the US government’s job to “confront” Nigerian insurrectionists. Nigeria is neither a US state nor a US territory; the US is quite simply not responsible for solving that country’s crimes, however horrific.

Nor is it the US State Department’s job to masquerade as Santa Claus or Tailgunner Joe.

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