U.S. Military action in Nigeria

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U.S. Military action in Nigeria

The U.S. is sending a small team of law enforcement experts and military advisers to Nigeria. The team is to aid in the rescue efforts of 200+ young girls kidnapped from the beds at their school dorms last month by a terrorist group. This group stormed another town on Monday -- killing 310.

Do you believe that the United States should expand its efforts to help? If so, to what extent? Would you support sending in more military troops?

Here are a few articles:

310 people killed in latest Boko Haram attack; hundreds of girls remain missing


Nigeria abductions: 6 reasons why the world should demand action


US team of military personnel, federal agency experts to reach Nigeria in coming days


U.S. Offers Aid In Search For Nigerian Girls, But Is It Too Late?

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I think that what we are doing now is an acceptable response based on what the Nigerian government has asked for. I actually like that our state dept waited until they were asked for assistance.

But I have to say that I saw pictures all over yesterday with Michelle Obama holding a sign that said #bringbackourgirls. It really bothered me. I am not sure if it is because I dislike hashtags so much or because I dont think it was the right way for the FLOTUS to react?

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I agree, it's the right response. I have no problem with Michelle Obama doing that. It's such an awful thing, the more awareness raised the better.

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I think we're handling this appropriately so far and I have issues with what Michelle Obama did.

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Most of the news coverage I have seen / read agreed that we acted appropriately in waiting to be asked and sending in advisers to aid behind the scenes efforts. A few, however, took the discussion further as they debated what the response should be if we were asked to extend our efforts and send in troops to join in the physical rescue of the girls and / or in battling to help eradicate this terrorist group from the area.

As for the #bringbackourgirls campaign, while I know that it was prompted by Nigerians the "movement" (for lack of a better term) has grown to raise awareness of how these type of kidnappings, human trafficking, sexual abuse, etc. continue. Young girls are not deemed 'worthy' of an education... and more. The idea of my soon-to-be 8 year old being sold as a sex slave for $12 is sickening. I cannot imagine the torture of these and all those parents that have endured the same. Sad I believe that the First Lady joining in DID up the media coverage in our country and prompted more awareness. I remain torn, however, on how involved the U.S. should become outside of pressuring these countries (along with others in the U.N.) to stop accepting these groups (and in some cases *supporting*) for political gain. The U.N. (if any outside groups are to be provided) -- could provide military support needed.

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I heard an interesting argument on this today that has me really thinking. If the US send in our intelligence community and does learn about where these girls are being held then what do we do? Are we willing to send in special teams to extract these girls or do we just hand over that intelligence to the Nigerians? And if we do hand it over are the Nigerians going to be capable of getting the girls back without risking death to all the girls?
Made me really and stop to think about what our role is. If we do pass of the whereabouts and then all the girls die are we somewhat culpable? And what is prompting this response now, and not in 2013 when the same exact thing happened?

I also question our presidents ability to handle this. He refuses to use the term radical Islam ( I have huge issues with his neglect to use that term) and if he refuses to acknowledge this, how will he defeat it?

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My question is say that we do go and get them back.... what is to stop them from just being kidnapped again? They are still kidnapping more girls. Unless they are going to actually try and take out Boko Haram I don't think getting the girls back is going to do much good.

Nigeria's government defends its actions as more girls are abducted - CNN.com

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Someone intelligently posted that Michelle Obama set herself up poorly with that photo, only because it's the easiest thing in the world to white out that card she's holding and write whatever you want on it.

Oops.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

Someone intelligently posted that Michelle Obama set herself up poorly with that photo, only because it's the easiest thing in the world to white out that card she's holding and write whatever you want on it.

Oops.

Like this? It's getting lots of Likes on Facebook hee hee Smile

(It got to a million likes in less than 24 hours)

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Yep, like that.

It's a marketing trick they did at A&E...got the Duck Dynasty guys photographed with white cards so they could do holiday messages & whatnot, tune-in promotions, etc. Smart. But not so smart for the First Lady, although of course with Photoshop you could create it yourself anyway.

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I saw one with that the card said #I spend all your money on my vacations

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Wow looks like the U.S. helped create a monster. Weird how none of the msm here is running this story.

Obama Administration Threatened Nigeria with Sanctions in 2013 for Fighting Boko Haram

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"GloriaInTX" wrote:

Wow looks like the U.S. helped create a monster. Weird how none of the msm here is running this story.

Obama Administration Threatened Nigeria with Sanctions in 2013 for Fighting Boko Haram

Because it's not a reputable news source. They are a bunch of nutballs. Sample headlines from their site:

Welcome to the Gay Agenda Re-Education Camp

Melinda Gates Exploiting Nigerian School Girl Abduction for Feminism?

I did some research on it...they used to run a "countdown until Obama leaves office" on their homepage, too. Not even at attempt at "fair and balanced"....

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That doesn't necessarily mean there is nothing to the story. There are links to other sources.

So what they purposely falsified these stories a year ago because they might be relevant now?
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