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Report: Michelle Obama Made Hostage Situation Much Worse. Bags of Cash, Prisoner Swaps
By Jon Brenner|December 24, 2017
Report: Michelle Obama Made Hostage Situation Much Worse. Bags of Cash, Prisoner Swaps

We are only just learning about the many failures of the Obama administration. It’s clear his leadership did more than harm the U.S. economy.

All around the world, people suffered because of his lack of leadership. Whenever his administration did get involved it often made matters worse.

Case in point: Boko Haram. This ISIS-backed terrorist group threatens Nigeria. In the 2010’s they harassed schools for resources and victims. At one point, they kidnapped a group of young girls. The Nigerian government was working to solve the issue. Then Michelle Obama got involved.

From the Wall Street Journal:

By the early 2010s, Boko Haram was regularly slaughtering moderate Muslim leaders and dispatching suicide bombers to crowded markets. Kalashnikov-wielding militants hanging off the backs of scooters attacked villages, spraying bullets indiscriminately at adults and children and setting everything on fire. Tens of thousands died. Hundreds of thousands fled.

Schools closed by the hundreds. Some were burned down by their own students, converts to Shekau’s army, now one of the world’s most deadly. To keep feeding its ranks, Boko Haram began kidnapping children…

While Obama was preoccupied, another resident of the White House embraced the cause. His wife, Michelle, asked the National Security Council for regular briefings on the hunt for the missing students. On May 7, to the surprise of her husband’s staff, she called a photographer into the White House’s Diplomatic Room.

Standing opposite a portrait of George Washington and wearing a somber expression, she held up her placard. The tweet was liked or retweeted more than 179,000 times.

Michelle Obama stuck her nose into the issue. It got people around the world tweeting. That only exposed the victims to greater harm. It made the story international, which gave the terrorists more power.

Nigerian officials complained bitterly of social media’s intrusion and the compromises it forced them to consider. Some believed the girls’ fame only prolonged their captivity. Others resented the lack of focus placed on tens of thousands of other children the insurgents had abducted or murdered.

Because of the media attention, Nigeria was forced to pay a ransom. Social media stirred up an already-stressful situation. Nigerian officials feared what would happen next. It forced them to quickly resolve the issue, making the worse decision.

The ransom payments they made to Boko Haram only empowered them. They went from a threadbare band of rebels to a powerful force. They were only empowered to harm more civilians.

Boko Haram continues to threaten Nigeria and the surrounding region. Thanks to the Obama administration poor leadership, many lives might be lost.

And yet there are still people who defend him.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Jon Brenner
Patriot Journal's Managing Editor has followed politics since he was a kid, with Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush as his role models. He hopes to see America return to limited government and the founding principles that made it the greatest nation in history.
Patriot Journal's Managing Editor has followed politics since he was a kid, with Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush as his role models. He hopes to see America return to limited government and the founding principles that made it the greatest nation in history.
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