The latest attempt to spin Boko Haram into something other than Islamic terror would be laughable if it wasn’t being advanced by members of our government

White House officials are openly trying to portray the Boko Haram jihad movement as a symbolic obstacle to girls’ educational progress, instead of another murderous Islamist group that could be fought by U.S. forces.

The straight-faced effort to change the subject from jihad to education policy is a reach even for the White House’s media team, partly because the jihadi group has a decade-long history of bombing Christian churches and schools, and killing thousands of Africans.

The absurdity of this argument should be self-evident but for the benefit of our more obstinate friends on the left let me ask a simple question that should end this nonsense:

If this is all about lack of education and poverty why are we not seeing Boko Harams by other names all over the world in non-islamic areas doing the same thing?

The whole “Boko Haram is all about poverty”  argument would be an insult to our national intelligence if we hadn’t been stupid enough to elect the government that is making this argument…

…twice!

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An update on Venezuela by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz:

The country, well into Communism by now, continues its descent into chaos.

Nine senior government officials, including military officers, one diplomat and pro-government politicians, are in the most recent U.S. government’s list of active drug kingpins and terrorists, the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN).

Price controls wreck the economy. CNN reports how fist fights have broken out outside bakeries, and price controls lead to smuggling goods to be sold in Colombia, where the goods can be sold at (higher) market price.

The government’s talks with the opposition are falling apart. Caracas Gringo looks at the official opposition party, the MUD, and finds,

First, the handful MUD “representatives” participating in the farcical dialogue brokered by the foreign ministers of Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil were exposed last week in Washington, DC as regime bootlickers who don’t represent anyone.

Second, if these MUD characters engaged in the “dialogue” ever had any claim to being the official “representatives” of the “organized opposition,” it’s now clear that there isn’t any “organized opposition” and the MUD’s dirt bags only represent themselves.

The MUD has now announced they will no longer participate in the “talks”.

The government, however, is cracking down on protesters. Last week hundreds of students were arrested; of those, 155 were released. Eleven are being held on

charges including weapons offenses, criminal association and incitement to violate laws, as well as drug violations.

Reuters estimates that 160 people remain in jail from round-ups since February. They may remain there indefinitely held up on procedural delays, as Leopoldo López, leader of the Voluntad Popular (People’s Will) has been since turning himself in on February 28.

There’s more oppression to come: Yesterday National Assembly speaker Diosdado Cabello singled out 14 Venezuelans as conspirators. Cabello has been banned from entry into the U.S. from his participation in the 1992 coup.

Human Rights Watch’s report on the state of repression in Venezuela proves that

the government of Nicolás Maduro, which has been battling anti-government protests since February, routinely uses unlawful force against unarmed protesters, and even against bystanders or people just passing by demonstrations. Common practices include severe beatings, the indiscriminate use of bullets, rubber pellets, and teargas against civilians, and the shooting at close range with rubber bullets of people in custody. It also proves the continued and systematic mistreatment of detainees; in some cases, these abuses clearly qualify as torture.

American lefties would have you believe that the continuing struggle is a matter of pro-U.S. versus anti-U.S., left versus right, rich versus poor, socialism versus capitalism; Moisés Naím asserts the truth:

It is between those who defend a government that violates human rights as a state-sanctioned policy and those who are willing to sacrifice themselves to stop it.

What is at stake? Assemblywoman Maria Corina Machado spells it out:

it is not a matter of asking the regime to change its policies; it will not. Our struggle is for regime change by constitutional means, as soon as possible; and it is therefore essential to maintain peacefully public pressure in the streets.

A fellow Barquisimetan impeccably expressed it these days “it is not about improving the conditions of captivity , it is about living in freedom.”

Not only for Venezuela, but for the region.

faustaFausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

I’ve been tied up with both the Harvard Black Mass story and my upcoming trip to EWTN in Alabama so I haven’t paid a lot of attention to the Karl Rove, Hillary Clinton brain damage story.

I’m no Rove fan but looking at this dispassionately it was a brilliant move.

Consider: You want to interject an issue into the political conversation (Hillary’s Health & her concussion) when you are facing a press that is not only universally against you but dedicated to protecting the target of your attack.

You give them a statement designed to get your foes to charge like a bull:

Thirty days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.

The reaction was all that he could hope for people jumped all over him Rove game them a full news cycle of attacks on him, the Today Show, CNN and the NBC nightly news.  As Doug Mataconis noted nobody really likes Karl so they where happy to pile on but along with those attacks were reactions like this:

I notice how overstated the reaction is — “no words for this level of lying”? What part is the lie? Was Rove wrong about the number of days in the hospital? (I think he was.) Clearly, she came out wearing some special glasses. Was Rove wrong in his characterization of the glasses? (Maybe not.) Certainly, it’s fair to state that the public (and the prospective donors) need accurate facts about a presidential candidate’s health. That is always demanded, and we’ve been misled by candidates in the past. (I’m thinking of Paul Tsongas.) The overreaction makes me suspicious that there really is a problem. I don’t like this how-dare-you-even-ask attitude. It makes me skeptical. But I do understand the alternative explanation: Stir up the base with stimulating outrage and a reminder that one ought to hate Karl Rove.

When the comedians hit him that gave them another whole cycle to keep the attack on Rove going and when Rove “clarified” the statement it led to the third consecutive day of the press hitting Karl Rove. Jazz Shaw noticed this result

That’s three days where Karl Rove and while he has pretty much been a target during that time he has also advanced the following items into the news cycle.

1. Hillary is old

2. Hillary had a serious injury before her appearance at the Benghazi hearings

3. Hillary’s health will be an issue in 2016

And he’s done it into the teeth of a media dedicated to defend her.

Now granted this is an easier conversation for the media than naming a Clinton accomplishment but that’s not the limit of Rove’s accomplishment as Peter Beinart grudgingly notes at the Atlantic:

Consider the Clinton “brain damage” story. Right now, the press is slamming Rove for his vicious, outlandish comments. But they’re also talking about Clinton’s health problems as secretary of state, disrupting the story she wants to tell about her time in Foggy Bottom in her forthcoming memoir.

If she has a moment of Rick Perry-like forgetfulness sometime between now and the fall of 2016, Rove’s comments make it more likely that voters will wonder whether she’s still with it mentally.

Thanks to Rove this story is going to be in play for years, and that’s just from the press.  How long do you think before some GOP operative links her decisions on Boko Haram or her “What difference does it make”  statements to a Hillary “brain injury” or “impairment”?  And when they do how fast will the Hillary defenders hurry to charge that red cape?

This is a story that will be in play for months and Karl Rove has made sure there will be plenty of video in the libraries of all the networks to bring out when it bubbles to the surface again.

That’s why he gets the big bucks.

Closing thought:  Right now the MSM has spent three days on this story, how many low information voters discovered Hillary’s serious injury for the first time and will have it in the back of their mind now that the press has put it there?

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