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12th May
2014
written by Sean Noble

The kidnapping of more than 200 young girls by the terrorist group Boko Harem in Nigeria is horrific.

We can debate how we got to the point that this terrorist group was able to pull this off.  We can, in part, blame Hillary Clinton, who, while she was Secretary of State, worked against listing Boko Harem as a terrorist group, despite strong evidence of their close ties to Al Qaeda.

We can also blame this administration’s general position on terrorism – or probably better said, lack of strong position against terrorism.

Case in point:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seriously? The reaction by the greatest nation on earth to the horrific kidnapping of more than 200 young girls is a twitter hashtag? What, exactly did they expect to accomplish with a Twitter hashtag and a profile picture?

Even what the President said about it is incredibly disappointing:

“I have this remarkable title right now, the president of the United States,” Obama said, “And yet every day when I wake up, and I think about young girls in Nigeria or children caught up in the conflict in Syria — when there are times in which I want to reach out and save those kids.”

What Obama doesn’t seem to understand is that he has more than a “remarkable title” – he has remarkable responsibility that he is supposed to employ.

But, when you think about it, the vast majority of President Obama’s tenure has been more style than substance.  It isn’t about doing something, it’s about projecting – expressing opinion rather than doing the hard work of affecting actual change.

In a word, our president is a slacktivist.  Like so many other high-minded liberals, he thinks that tweeting something out, or creating a hashtag about an issue is actual activism.  Well, it’s not.

It’s past time for this administration to understand that we can’t conduct foreign policy with a hashtag. #Seriously

 

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