Sunday, April 05, 2015

New counterparts needed

Seemingly perfectly reasonable White House statement on phone call between Barack Obama and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta --

He reiterated that he looks forward to meeting with President Kenyatta again in Nairobi in July, when the two leaders will discuss how to strengthen counterterrorism cooperation ...

Actual situation today in Kenya (Reuters) --

... as Kenyan churches hired armed guards to protect their Easter congregations.  

The entire anti-terrorism paradigm of the US is they can beef up formal security forces to do the job. But with Thursday's evidence fresh in their minds of a small group of terrorists being given the 15 hour run of a campus to shoot whoever they wanted, Kenyans have concluded they need to do the anti-terror job themselves. Maybe that US anti-terror training will include that someone in uniform has to pick up the phone.

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