President Obama’s admin has been down playing the 200-300 kidnapped Nigerian school girl terrorist story because it would force the reality that Al Qaeda has not been ‘decimated’ as they have claimed.
There is no question who took the young girls from their school. A video released by Boko Haram boasts:
“I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah,” a man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau
The US State Department admits Boko Haram has the girls.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the video “does appear legitimate.”
What is the Boko Haram terrorist group?
“The State Department’s annual report on global terrorism described Boko Haram as a group that “espouses a violent Sunni extremist ideology” and has received funding from al Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb.” Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) operating in Africa is a Saudi origin terrorist group that is a U.S. designated foreign terrorist organization (FTO).
Obama has declared that Al Qaeda was ‘on the run’ and ‘decimated’ yet these Islamic terrorists are resurgent in Mali, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen, and most sensationally in Libya resulting in the loss of a US Consulate in Bengazi on an important date, September 11th.
“President Barack Obama has described al Qaeda as having been “decimated,” “on the path to defeat” or some other variation at least 32 times since the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, according to White House transcripts.”
Secretary Rice: “President Obama said when he was running for president that he would refocus our efforts and attentions on Al Qaeda. We’ve decimated Al Qaeda. Osama bin Laden is gone,” Rice said Sept. 16 on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Obama downplays the threat of Al Qaeda to the press despite the resurgence.
President Obama: “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.” “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.”
Now that Al Qaeda operating freely in Africa has scored yet another foreign policy embarrassment by directing the world’s attention to the fate of the 200-300 kidnapped school girls in Nigeria, Obama acknowledging the event would erode his public statements that he had Al Qaeda on it’s heels.
Will Obama risk a rescue operation or military action to rescue the girls or rely on ‘regional powers’ to take action? Eighteen months after the murder of an American ambassador and the loss of a US Consulate in Libya to Al Qaeda, no one responsible has been held to account. What can the girl’s families expect?
Obama’s admin has stated thus far:
“We are going to keep working with the Nigerians privately on that,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters.