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May 19, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 34 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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Will that help “Bring Back Our Girls”? Probably not. Will the administration actually do much to cripple or destroy Boko Haram? Probably not.

It would be nice to learn that the administration has ordered the U.S. Marine Corps and various U.S. special operations forces to plan a rescue mission. It would be nice to learn the Obama administration has ordered the military to plan to destroy or cripple Boko Haram. It would be nice to see Hillary Clinton make the case for this.

It would also be nice for Hillary Clinton to acknowledge the real and courageous efforts of others to save girls from the predatory grasp of some adherents to Islam. There is one woman who, perhaps more than anyone else in the world, has spent much of the last decade warning about groups like Boko Haram, and campaigning for stronger actions against the Islamists who terrorize girls in Nigeria and elsewhere. Her name is Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She was recently and disgracefully disinvited by Brandeis University, which had offered her an honorary degree. It would be nice to see Hillary Clinton speak up and stand up on her behalf.

She won’t.

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