This 2012 quote from Ambassador Jonnie Carson sums up the advice that Nigeria has been getting from the US for responding to a foreign-funded war based on pure sectarianism:

Security efforts aimed at containing Boko Haram’s violence must avoid excessive violence and human right abuses and make better use of police and intelligence services to identify, to arrest and to prosecute those responsible for Boko Haram violent acts. Boko Haram thrives because of social and economic problems in the north that the government must find a way of addressing.

A coordinated government effort to provide responsible, accountable government for Nigeria while creating opportunities for economic growth will diminish the political space in which Boko Haram operates.

In another 2012 speech, Carson would "stress one key point ... that religion is not driving extremist violence either in Jos or northern Nigeria."

How is that working out? According to Rev. Jerome Ituah, "Out of the 52 Catholic churches in Maiduguri diocese, 50 of them have been destroyed by Boko Haram."

This has been going on for four years. How can Carson still have a job in the Obama administration when he says things like that? Because he says things like that. Or because everybody in that administration is incompetent beyond belief. It's getting hard to keep presuming incompetence before malice after all this time.

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