Just when I thought that Jen Psaki's "power of hashtag" must be one of the most inane and worthless bits of pandering, even by State Department standards, along comes no less than Michelle Obama, the woman who stands behind the man who leads from behind, with this contribution:
"Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It's time to #BringBackOurGirls. - mo"
Other celebrities have to get in on the act, solidifying their Feelings® bona fides. Now that will make a big difference.
How do we properly attack the problem of terrorists? Track them down and kill them. That takes time and commitment – anything of real value does.
With terrorists, whether you counter-attack or not, you will encourage them. You either let them attack you, or you fight back. Fighting fanatics makes them angrier still, but it at least has the real advantage of killing them. They will be dissuaded no other way.
You have to speak to people in a language they understand.