The Next Big “Scandal”

Posted: May 11, 2014 by Marner in Conservative Hypocrisy, Conservative Shenanigans, Current Events, Politics
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Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past week (Speaking of which, anyone seen Watson?), you’ve heard about what’s going on in Nigeria. A radical insurgent group, Boko Haram, has kidnapped up to 300 young girls and is threatening to sell them into slavery. According to the rabid right wing, the only thing liberals, and Obama, have done is start a twitter hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. They also claim that this is all Hillary Clinton’s fault because she didn’t designate Boko Haram as a terrorist group when she was Secretary of State. You will undoubtedly not be surprised to learn that both counts are just more lies intended to hurt Clinton if she runs for President.

The first charge is just plain idiocy. The twitter hashtag, contrary to what the World’s Greatest Catholic claims, was not created by any liberal in the United States. The hashtag was created by a Nigerian in Nigeria:

The signature hashtag, which allows Twitter users world-wide to find like-minded people, had its origins in Abuja. On April 23, Mr. Abdullahi was at home watching a televised broadcast of the opening celebration of Port Harcourt’s year as the United Nations’ world book capital.

One speaker, former World Bank Vice President Obiageli Ezekwesili, took to the stage and helped lead the crowd in a chant of “Bring back our daughters.”

Mr. Abdullahi had just a few hundred Twitter followers, but he is an enthusiastic tweeter. So, on April 23, he modified the slogan to “bring back our girls” and tweeted: “Yes #BringBackOurDaughters #BringBackOurGirls declared by @obyezeks and all people at Port Harcourt World Book Capital 2014.”

“I don’t have a daughter so I thought it would be better to make it girls,” Mr. Adbullahi said in an interview from Abuja on Thursday.

Thirty seconds of searching would have shown who created the hashtag, but I guess that was just too much work. Besides, the Eight Commandment is purely optional to Mr. Noonan. But he’s not the only one. We also have the Dumbest Man on the Internet, Jim Hoft, out there spreading the lie and gloating that we’re too late to save the girls. That’s some compassionate conservatism for you, jumping up and down with joy over young girls being sold as slaves.

The next lie is that it’s Clinton’s fault that this happened. The right wing has been out in force the past few days bemoaning the fact that the State Department resisted efforts to name Boko Haram as a terrorist group (obviously because Hillary supported their mission). What they won’t tell you is that no one supported that designation. Let’s hear from President Bush’s Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, on Fox News:

Wallace: Clinton has come under fire this week because back in 2011 she rejected calls by the FBI and the intelligence community to designate Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization. As a Bush appointee to be ambassador, do you think that’s fair, the criticism of Secratary Clinton?

Campbell: No, I don’t think it’s fair and along with a good number of Nigerian experts at the time we all opposed designation. We opposed designation because we don’t think that the legislation actually fits the situation in Nigeria. The Boko Haram movement is highly diffuse, it’s not a centralized organization. It has important grass roots elements to it. The legislation has to do with essentially issues like getting visas to come to the US, or the movement of money from the US to Nigeria, neither of which is relevant. What he legislation also does however, is it inhibits the possibility of future contact between either private citizens or public personalities with Boko Haram and at some future point might reduce the options that we have in terms of negotiation.

The fact is that designating a group as a terrorist organization is a last resort and may end up doing more harm than good. Making that designation in 2011 or 2012 could have given Boko Haram, which is entirely internal to Nigeria, additional exposure outside the country, enabling it to obtain additional support. Nigerian and African experts opposed the designation and no one, not even the rabid right wing, put up much of a fight because it made sense at the time. To go back now and say Hillary should have easily decided to make that designation 3 years ago is just asinine. We may as well go back to 2002 when Boko Haram was formed and ask the same question.

Now, the same rabid right wing that is trying to rehabilitate Muammar Qaddaffi in order to say we should not have intervened in Libya is saying that we should go into Nigeria in force. Never mind that the Nigerian government didn’t ask us for help until last week. It doesn’t matter that we’ve sent investigate experts and military personnel into the country to help find the girls now that we’ve been asked. Pay no heed to the precedent that would be established that a country can invade the borders of a sovereign nation, not to battle the government, but to track down an internal insurgent group like a bunch of mercenaries. The people calling for military action don’t give two shits about 300 Nigerian girls. They only care because Boko Haram has also killed Christians.They just couldn’t justify military force for that reason alone. As long as Boko Haram is only an internal threat to Nigeria, the correct policy is to assist them to the extent that government asks us to. Anything else is sheer idiocy.

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  1. 02casper says:

    It’s pretty obvious at this point that anything that goes wrong in the world is either Obama, Clinton’s, or both faults. I’m not sure what either could do and no one is making any concrete suggestions.

  2. Classic Cluster:

    “I think our differences with the masses of current leftist voters is simply a conflict of intelligence. I honestly don’t think that the masses of LIV’s really understand what they are voting for…”

    …and:

    “It will be important for conservatives, and for this country, that we reach these LIV’s with a message that will resonate and I believe that will require not only going into precincts conservatives would usually stay away from, but also speaking in terms the LIV can understand.”

    These quotes coming from a man who constantly derides the left’s alleged penchant for “self-superiority”.

    Remind me again why any of you thought this shit stain ever had anything honest and/or insightful to contribute to a political dialogue?

    • Marner says:

      I love the election strategy of telling the people whose votes you’re trying to get that they are just too stupid to understand what you’re trying to say.

      • meursault1942 says:

        “I love the election strategy of telling the people whose votes you’re trying to get that they are just too stupid to understand what you’re trying to say.”

        Yeah, that’s a surefire winner. It’s particularly great when it comes to outreach to the black community, which comes in the form of: “Hey, black people, you’re too stupid to see that you’re just slaves on a plantation (who were better off as actual slaves on actual plantations–you’re welcome for that, by the way) and you’re all just a bunch of moochers and looters anyway–strapping young bucks eating t-bone steaks and welfare queens driving Cadillacs, remember? Plus, we aren’t too keen on you voting, obviously, but if for some strange reason you do get to vote, why not vote for us?”

        It’s an interesting pitch, you’ve got to admit.

  3. Yeah, that’s bound to work. Especially when he calls them arrogant, “self superior” and LIV idiot sheeple. Covering all bases I suppose. Ama has indicated that there should be consequences for people who voted for Obama’s second term. Nothing fascistic about that at all. I seem to remember a time when some conservatives liked a few of their fellow countrymen, did I dream it?

    • meursault1942 says:

      “I seem to remember a time when some conservatives liked a few of their fellow countrymen, did I dream it?”

      Maybe back in the early 1990s, but since then, the conservative attitude is “I love America. I just hate most of the people in it.”

  4. I love this video segment of a Texas morning show chucklehead getting so upset over the Michael Sam kiss she feels compelled to leave the set. Be sure to watch to the end. After the level-headed hosts valiantly try to reassure the homophobic bigot(s) that what’s being expressed is well within the appropriate bounds of natural human affection, homo-bigot just can’t seem to get beyond the fact that it’s two MEN kissing in celebration, and as her bigoted head explodes she’s forced into self imposed exile from reasonable dialogue. Reminds me of bfv creeps who must censor opposing opinion in order to live on their own warped planet, and Cluster who’s ass was so thoroughly spanked on every topic at Allpolitics he was compelled to cry “mercy!” and scurry back to the safe confines of the shared, sheltered opinions at bfv, where his juvenile opinions will weather no scrutiny. I guess it’s fun to pretend!

    • BTW I apologize for the general ditzyness of the entire spectacle; it’s Texas morning show after all!

      • I love the way the other three women are sitting around uncomfortably while the woman on the right sets up the piece. “People don’t have the right to express the way they feel if it offends somebody else. I live in America!” How idiotic. “In my house!” For God sakes, you brought the draft into _your_ house(!) by turning on the TV and tuning into that channel. And that’s Michael Sam’s fault? What an idiot.

        By the way, I have been traveling lately, though not in a cave! lol

  5. Watson,
    To be fair to the dyed red-headed model for the Mom in Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”, a careful viewing will show she was actually lamenting restrictions on free speech when she said “People don’t have the right to express the way they feel if it offends somebody else. I live in America!”, not advocating that position. As backwards as that lady’s opinions are, my contempt is mainly for the nasty blond who is clearly trapped by her own bigotry in the end, unable to come up with a justification for her hatred.

  6. No kidding, you’re forgiven!

  7. 02casper says:

    The video shows the generational differences on this issue and it doesn’t bode well for conservatives.

  8. http://wonkette.com/549317/idaho-had-a-gubernatorial-primary-debate-and-magic-happened

    I think some B4Vers have moved to Idaho and are running for office! I recognize Jeremiah. The other nut job may be RetiredSpook.

    • meursault1942 says:

      That is pure magic!

      If you’re looking for a fun Friday read, check out Gawker’s rundown of the latest wingnut clown car show, Operation American Spring. It’s holding a big rally to INPEECH BENGHAZI!!!!! or whatever today. If you don’t hear about it, it’s probably just the LIEbrul media doing Herr Comrade Obamao’s bidding and squelching any reports about these good ‘Murrican patriots being patriotic with patriotism. After all, the organizers expect “10 million to 30 million” folks to join in on their crusade. Definitely not just 10 to 30 folks. Nope. Millions! And the leader is doing a decent Retired Spook imitation:

      I fought all through the Cold War and to me I’ve never seen a threat to the United States any greater than the internal threat that Obama and his administration and a Congress that does nothing reflect. We’re in a serious, grave situation. It’s a reason we’re going to Washington to try, to try. I fear the next step, if this doesn’t happen, is going to be something that not a combat soldier wants to see. We’ve been through the carnage, we’ve seen it, we understands what happens and that’s the last thing we want.

      Don’t force us to take up arms against the country we claim to love but mostly kind of hate!

      • meursault1942 says:

        Oh, wait, suck it, LIEbrul media, RawStory has been monitoring the event’s live stream. So this is where we learn that the participants are just good ‘Murricans and not crackpots, right?

        A caller from North Carolina said he feared Obama would declare martial law and begin executing Christian citizens as a prelude to civil war.

        Oh. Well, surely that’s just one loon who managed to break through.

        Another caller from Michigan said he was more concerned about government manipulation of natural resources.

        “I’m so fed up with the tyranny I sold my jet ski,” the caller said. “I’m so fed up with the way the government is manipulating the water with the chemtrails, I’m afraid I can’t even use my jet ski.”

        GUBMIT TOOK AWAY MY JET SKI WITH CHEMTRAILS! JUST LIKE HITLER! TYRANNY!

        But really, this movement is all about getting back to basics.

        “How can anyone reject a movement based on constitutional restoration?” Riley said.

        Yes, how could anyone reject a movement that is clearly based solely on “constitutional restoration” and is not at all a collection of batshit-crazy morons who are terrified of the real world? The mind boggles.

  9. 02casper says:

    Doesn’t look like Operation American Spring got the 10-30 million persons they expected to show up. What a surprise. It will be interesting to find out what the real numbers are.

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