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Those Missing Nigerian School Girls


Nigerians Despair as Search for Girls Stalls

Frustration Mounts as Students Remain Missing Despite American Intelligence Effort; Boko Haram Takes Bolder Steps

In the two months since the U.S. said it would park a small number of surveillance craft in nearby Chad. U.S. intelligence specialists have spent the past month methodically piecing together a broad, so-called baseline portrait of northeastern Nigeria's topography, human geography, road networks and population centers, said one Washington-based adviser to U.S. intelligence agencies who is involved in the effort. It encompasses things like topography, human geography, road networks and population centers.

Nigeria's military says that it has the manpower and will to push back Boko Haram—and that it mainly lacks intelligence the drones can deliver. But such intelligence gathering can take months, even years, before yielding actionable leads, said Col. Leighton and this adviser. America's limited experience in Nigeria's countryside, where hundreds of languages are spoken, also presents an obstacle, both said.

"The first hours are critical" in a kidnapping, said J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank. "Beyond that, trails go cold. And that's where the reality is. By the time social media caught onto this, it was well too late."

The U.S. military may also be reluctant to share sensitive raw intelligence with a Nigerian army whose soldiers have been accused of leaking information to Boko Haram insurgents, according to the adviser.

It was hard to find the right words/4 paragraphs - but what struck me the most is that we - the US are 'piecing' together basic information that appears in the CIA World Fact Book.

My heart breaks for those families - because I think those girls are lost forever.
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Thu Jun 19, 2014, 08:33 AM (0 replies)

This is it . . .

I need to blog about this at some point. But it's what I'm sensing in general from this very sadistic and almost 'evil' viewpoint in America.

They use their 'things' to make them feel like they have something in common with Donald Trump - but at the end of the day they are seeing more and more that they aren't like him - and they are taking out their self hatred on the wrong people.

I've never been poor - never experienced that . . . but I've never been an evil human being and do not understand why it's necessary to beat someone up over a 'thing'.

Posted by JustAnotherGen | Tue Jun 17, 2014, 11:15 AM (0 replies)

I noticed that - that it was written by a white woman

You know where I stand on this - and you know what I'm seeing -

And what I am seeing has nothing to do with DU.

I just read that at Fort Carson in CO the soldiers there have found flyers to join the coming race war.

The idiot in Nevada that's been stealing from the American Tax Payers and has is own private army protecting him - what was his name again? Bundy something or another?

The Kochs coming for the young affluent black vote.

Uh - if not now - then when? There are a few topics that we better start discussing on the left and this is one of them. Along with nuts with guns. And dominionists. And soft money. And far reaching organizations.

The shell game is on and the fix is in and folks want to sit around and sing mighty peace and freedom songs and folks - it's not working anymore.

Now at DU - why can't folks see that they better understand precisely what is in the minds of those Fox news viewers. The more we know precisely how they think - the better chance we have to communicate their warped world view to those in the middle. And to present it just like that - warped world view.
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Fri Jun 13, 2014, 08:10 AM (1 replies)

Making Fox the target

Has been done before and it doesn't work.

It would be better to go after the Networks and CNN.

The middle can be transformed. The far right cannot be. Their beliefs that lead them to accept the "reality" Fox news gives them were cultivated at a very young age.

These people are angry about takers and socialism - yet will howl at the moon at the idea of taking their Social Security away. At risk of going the way of Bravenak and getting people worked up - sing it.

Tiiiiiiime is on our side! Yes it is!

Their viewers are older, unhealthy, and when faced with life challenges that many older liberals faced at a young age - succumb. They don't have the grit of the left.

Time is on our side.
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Fri Jun 13, 2014, 05:52 AM (0 replies)

I've read a little at Discussionist

I haven't registered for a reason. My reason is this analysis and - add in how the Far Right Conservative mind is formed.

Yes - Formed.

Abuse ranging from physical to spiritual. Fear. A strong desire to be lead by sadistic masochistic authoritarian figures is cultivated from a very young age.

Fear to question anything outside of that which you believe you know.

Deliberate isolation from "the other".

And my person deeply held belief that as a result - these people cannot be reasoned with.

I would rather do positive things in my own backyard to help other people and show up with my UU and Obama/Biden 2012 bumper sticker on my car. Those who sit in the middle or who are jaded or just simply don't care about the political climate in America can see for themselves who shows up and wants to connect with them.

And MrScorpio - remember this . . . Those people have been taught from day one that they can't use racial slurs but they should hate you inside for what you are. And their voting choices are ruled by that and have been since 1964.
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Fri Jun 13, 2014, 05:33 AM (1 replies)

Welcome mudy waters

Glad to see you here!
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Thu Jun 12, 2014, 10:28 AM (0 replies)

Former NeoNazi on TEAParty

Putting this in 'my posts' to watch at home this evening. I think I'm going to download this man's book too!
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Thu Jun 12, 2014, 08:15 AM (0 replies)

Again-The GOP ramps up the hatred of gays and blacks and Latinos and Muslims and "takers" and . . .

The GOP ramps up the hatred of gays and blacks and Latinos and Muslims and "takers" and liberals and academics and teachers and journalists and scientists and urban-dwellers and secularists and...

Again, and again, and again.

You reap what you sow.
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Wed Jun 11, 2014, 09:42 AM (1 replies)

I can only speak for family experience

Black men in the South that COULD vote - who lived in places where they could because no one dared tried to stop them -for example - my paternal Grandfather (born at the turn of the last century) . . .

Were staunch Republicans for a reason.

He detested the Democratic Party and knew they were out to get him. We still have some Harding memorabilia floating around in the old house in Alabama that my second oldest Aunt lives in today.

Black folks back then knew the Dems hated their guts. To not point that out - the descendents of these folks who know this about our FAMILY members - family members who bounced us on their knee and let us drive their old trucks on the farm -

Is to deny the history of the Democratic Party.

It's what make us unique. If we could transform affluent blacks that weren't being disenfranchised - then we can transform other groups.

And if you were the child/grandchildren of slaves that were defiant and snubbed their noses at TBT and got ahead - you knew where you got your bread buttered 90/100 years ago.

Why can't we tell this truth. It's what makes the Democratic Party fantastic that we transform people by INCLUSION of how they have experienced America.

ETA - a little from Hardings wiki page - notice the anti-lynching support

Domestically, Harding signed the first federal child welfare program, and dealt with striking mining and railroad workers in part by supporting an 8-hour work day. He created the Bureau of the Budget to prepare the first United States federal budget. Harding advocated an anti-lynching bill to curb violence against African Americans, but it failed to pass Congress. In foreign affairs, Harding spurned the League of Nations and negotiated peace treaties with Germany and Austria. His greatest foreign policy achievement came in the Washington Naval Conference of 1921-22, in which the world's major naval powers agreed on a naval limitations program that held sway for a decade.

And thanks for making such strong points on this sub thread.
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Wed Jun 11, 2014, 08:34 AM (1 replies)

ahh! for my journal

Everything is illuminated.
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Tue Jun 10, 2014, 01:05 PM (0 replies)
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