Thursday, February 23, 2012

Clinton on Somalia

United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton spoke on Intervention at the London Conference on Somalia today.
"Now we must keep the pressure on al-Shabaab so that its grip on Somalia continues to weaken. The UN Security Council’s vote on Wednesday to increase AMISOM’s troop ceiling by nearly half and expand its mandate significantly is an excellent step.
More and more Somalis are seeing the threat that al-Shabaab poses to Somalia’s peace and security, as well as to the peace and security of Somalia’s neighbors. Especially in south-central Somalia, it has turned an already bad situation into a nightmare. It has dragged fathers and sons from their homes, forced them to fight in a hopeless, bloody conflict. It has forced young girls to marry foreign fighters. And when extreme food shortages struck last summer, al-Shabbab mercilessly helped turn those food shortages into a famine by blocking humanitarian assistance and letting children starve. With its recent announcement that it has joined the al-Qaida terror network, al-Shabaab has proven, yet again, it is not on the side of Somalis but on the side of chaos, destruction, and suffering. It has also proven something else as well. It is weakening. Al-Shabaab and al-Qaida have turned to each other because both are embattled and isolated, especially now as the democratic revolutions, underway in many countries, are showing young people who might once have been attracted to extremist groups that a more constructive path is open to them. That is the future; Al-Shabaab and al-Qaida are the past."
Wait! Aren't al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations part of the destabilization that has led to, or taken over the "democratic revolutions"? Yes, the regimes are brutal and need to be done away with, but we have evidence of al-Qaida and their friends in Syria and other countries. The Muslim Brotherhood, that now controls the majority of Egypt, has stated it will not recognize the peace treaty with Israel. There is even evidence of al-Qaida and Hezbollah being in Mexico, and crossing the border, with the full and complete backing of peaceful Iran. But they're "the past" so it's okay to help them in some countries, despite their terrorist past against us. And it's not like al-Qaida could be using those countries as new recruiting grounds or anything.

Secretary Clinton went on to say that, 
"the U.S. will look for ways to increase our involvement in Somalia."
Hold up again! According to your boss Obama, we're doing everything we can to pull our military back, and let countries deal with their own problems. Bush was evil for invading Iraq and Afghanistan. Those poor countries weren't run by dictators or terrorists or any such.

Where as Obama is the greatest guy ever for not involving the US military in Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia. O wait... During the Obama administration we've had boots on the ground in all four of those countries, plus others. Yet Obama is the Nobel Peace Prize winning humanitarian, that only puts sanctions against regimes, like Iran and Syria, that massacre their people by the thousands.

Now I'm not necessarily calling for US troops to be going into Iran and Syria, nor necessarily praising Bush. I'm just trying to point out the ridiculousness of the arrogance and two faced talk of the Obama administration. If you're going to invade more countries than Bush, you can't say he was a bad guy for invading any.

 But to get back to Somalia, Clinton also announced that, 
"the United States is providing an additional $64 million in humanitarian assistance to the Horn of Africa countries, bringing our emergency assistance since 2011 up to more than 934 million, including more than 211 million for lifesaving programs in Somalia." 
Not to knock Somalia's problems, but did I miss the US recovering from it's own financial crisis. Current national debt is fast approaching $15.4 trillion. Granted compared to that a billion to that part of Africa isn't much, but how is the US to ever get out of debt if it keeps throwing money to the rest of the world? Liberals complain that we spend money on our defense, instead of our own infrastructure, yet then go spend it elsewhere.

I'd like to thank you, Secretary of State Clinton, for making it obvious that all the US's issues are not important anymore. Our security, defense, debt, and lives mean nothing to you or the Obama administration.

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