Hashtag diplomacy

WEEKS after a Nigerian activist launched the #BringBackOurGirls campaign that helped get journalists interested in the terrorist kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls, FLOTUS used her massive personal influence to further the cause of rescuing the girls before their savage kidnappers sell them into slavery.

She sent a tweet.

2014_05 07 Michelle hashtagBringBackOurGirls

Via Twitchy:

  • Your husband is President and a hashtag on twitter is the best you can do?!?
  • Changing the world. Failure.
  • Yeah, that hashtag is literally the least you can do.
  • There’s something peculiarly end of civilization about the First Lady’s tweet.
  • Surely a hashtag will tug at Boko Haram’s heartstrings, right?
  • Especially when it’s got a real serious looking FLOTUS selfie HOLDING a hand written sign!
  • Hashtag Foreign Policy. Take it to Twitter. That will show ’em.
  • Michelle’s tweet further proves that action is not as important as “feeling” for the left.
  • Modern liberalism, at its core, is an ideology of talking, not doing.
  • Yup. Someone “calls on government” to do something and the world gets fixed. It’s that easy!
  • Hashtag activism may be the the ultimate example of completely pointless self-satisfaction.
  • They don’t *actually* care. They do it to inflate themselves. It is the emptiest of empty gestures.

Hillary Clinton … whose husband refused to go after Osama bin Laden … weighed in with her own self-aggrandizing and nonsensical tweet that suggested somewhere in the world there exists a conscionable reason to target innocent girls.

2014_05 04 Hillary Clinton tweet bringbackourgirls

Please note Clinton’s tweet was THREE DAYS before Mooch got around to hers. But then, Mooch included a selfie and a hand-written sign, so undoubtedly took  lots more time and thought. Or something.

Via Mark Steyn:

“Just as the last floppo hashtag, #WeStandWithUkraine, didn’t actually involve standing with Ukraine, so #BringBackOurGirls doesn’t require bringing back our girls. There are only a half-dozen special forces around the planet capable of doing that without getting most or all of the hostages killed: the British, the French, the Americans, Israelis, Germans, Aussies, maybe a couple of others. So, unless something of that nature is being lined up, those schoolgirls are headed into slavery, and the wretched pleading passivity of Mrs Obama’s hashtag is just a form of moral preening.”

Last October, Steyn reported another Boko Haram atrocity:

“The other day, members of Boko Haram, a group of (surprise!) Muslim ‘extremists’, broke into an agricultural college in Nigeria and killed some four dozen students. The dead were themselves mainly Muslim, but had made the fatal mistake of attending a non-Islamic school. ‘Boko Haram’ means more or less ‘Learning is sinful.'”

2014_05 13 Working hashtag foreign policy

Yeah. Cuz you know what terrorists respond to? Smoking holes where their buddies used to be. Not hashtags.

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