Late last week, the United States announced that it would offer millions of dollars in rewards for information leading to the capture of leaders of the Somali militant group al-Shabab, with bounties ranging from $7 million for the capture of the group's leader Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamud Godane to $3 million for various spokesmen and senior advisers.
Making up in moxie what they lack in potable water, the Somali militants responded with a counter-offer.
"Whoever reveals the hideout of the idiot Obama will be rewarded with 10 camels, and whoever reveals the hideout of the old woman Hillary Clinton will be rewarded 10 chickens and 10 roosters," senior militant official Fuad Muhammad Khalaf announced, according to the BBC.
Yesterday, our man in Mogadishu, Johnnie Carson, did not have the presence of mind to reveal the "hideout" of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and take the damn camels…
When asked about al-Shabab's offer at a news conference, the assistant secretary of state for African affairs said: "The question is so absurd it does not deserve a response."
He said his trip to Mogadishu, which lasted a matter of hours, was to note the "significant progress" made against al-Shabab.
This is what happens when we let Democrats run the State Department. Is a ratio of 10 camels to 20 chickens really that different from the 77 cents on the dollar that American women earn relative to men, that we have to reject it as "absurd?" Senate Republicans wouldn't think so.
It's not clear that President Obama or Secretary of State Clinton have heard the offer, but I imagine, "You don't bring a camel to a drone war," would be part of their response.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Somalia, Terrorism