“They were stolen from their beds in a school dormitory — hundreds of teenage girls kidnapped by gunmen.
A few dozen escaped to tell of the night that Boko Haram militants brought terror to a Nigerian girls’ school.
From the rest, silence. No sign of where they had been taken or what could have happened to them for almost two years, even as the world screamed #BringBackOurGirls.”
CNN has obtained a video of some of the “Chibok Girls” sent to negotiators by their captors as a “proof of life.”
Sometimes as an American you see something and you wonder “if I have the world’s most effective military why am I not using it?”
I watched the Nigerian mothers watching the video released from Boko Haram … and my heart broke.
I have little interest in using military to intervene in civil wars <like Syria>.
I have little interest in using military to ‘institute democracy.’
I have a lot of interest in selectively using the best of the best military to let them o what they do best and resolve solvable humanitarian situations.
But this Nigerian issue is solvable.
And it is solvable by using the best military in the world.
I mean, c’mon, isn’t that what we, as in America, are supposed to do as a world leader? Solve solvable problems for the greater humanitiarian good?
Does anyone seriously doubt that should the US Marines, the Army Rangers or any special forces group be tasked with “get those girls” that they wouldn’t?
Does anyone seriously believe some well-intended hashtag initiative is going to compel some resolution?
In some cases in some situations the person who CAN do the right thing needs to stand up … walk across the street … and actually DO the right thing.
Some people, in fact, a lot of people are gonna bitch at me … we are not the world police … it is not our problem … we should support Nigeria but not put our soldiers in harm’s way.
They will be wrong in this case.
If not us, then who?
If it were our children, would we just stand by?
If I were to ask a military person to risk their life would I prefer it to be to save a child or put some new government in place <which I cannot promise will last>?
I challenge anyone in America, shit, around the world … watch the video … watch the mothers … if you could do something … I believe you would.
And we, as in the USA, can.
I am not a betting man but here is a bet I would take.
I bet … any special forces military person asked to take on this assignment who would call home asking for permission from their mother & father to accept this assignment would only hear one thing from their parents … “go get them.”