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  •  so you think (8+ / 0-)

    it's this thing that is an excuse to "entrench?"

    None of the other myriad number of reasons/excuses did it, it's this?

    Come on.

    •  no, not an intentional excuse to entrench, just (3+ / 0-)
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      more of a naive attempt to be of help in a situation of which most most people can not imagine the unintended consequences those actions might have.

      I would have left any sort of military intervention to the French with regards to Chad and Cameroon. As far as I can remember they are the only ones who managed to really to stop such advancements of islamic militants successfully without wrecking havoc for the whole civilian population.

      With regards to Nigeria I just would have been more carefully to understand why the Nigerian government could not or would not be capable or willing to fight Boco Haram more intensely or successfully. When one understands why that was the case, one might find other solutions than military intervention, I would think.

      But that is just my guts feelings. I simply do not believe in what the US is doing there will be of help, at least for now I do not believe it.

      •  there is never going to be a situation (1+ / 0-)
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        involving military assistance where it isn't possible that there are unintended consequences.

        If that's your only standard, then never help ever again. The problem is, the world needs our help sometimes. Just because we've screwed it up in the past doesn't mean we get to absolve ourselves of any and all joint existence on this planet.

        This is a situation beginning to spin out of control. The Nigerian government seems extremely unable to do anything about it, and the nations surrounding are not in much better shape.

        Nigeria can't because they've let their military lapse, and it's probably infiltrated by BH. So far we have a handful of advisers (who aren't even in Nigeria) and our surveillance assets. I don't see how that's anything other than logical and understandable.

        If we start sending combat brigades, then I'll be on board with saying WTF.

      •  Nigerian Military's Role (1+ / 0-)
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        The role of the Nigerian Armed Forces is to prevent a coup, and maintain the rule of the present government. There's no way to get any bribes from the terrorists, so they lack motivation to do anything useful.

      •  Short answer on Nigerian govt is (0+ / 0-)

        here Think back to Ken Saro-Wiwa et. al.

        That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

        by enhydra lutris on Wed May 21, 2014 at 04:34:51 PM PDT

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