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Boko Haram atrocities are continuing to unfold in Nigeria and illustrate what happens when the most powerful nation in the world does virtually nothing, or offers nothing more than theatrical assistance.

The kidnapping of hundreds of girls by those Islamist psychopaths has horrified the world. At first, the reaction of the White House was delivered by first lady Michelle Obama. We saw the implementation of “hashtag” diplomacy exemplified by the first lady posing for a Twitter picture holding a sign that read “#BringBackOurGirls.”

Oddly, Boko Haram is not complying.

Eventually, Mr. Obama dispatched 80 troops to help with the search for the girls held in a jungle in Nigeria. By maintaining aircraft and analyzing data. In Chad.

It was made clear in public statements from the White House that we will not be engaging Boko Haram on the ground.

Consequently, since American forces arrived, Boko Haram has kidnapped 11 more girls, and killed hundreds more innocent people. While we maintain aircraft and analyze data.

Many of us recall the Clinton years leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It was a time of similarly feckless foreign policy.

In the 1990s, President Clinton did nothing as al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden operated openly in Afghanistan. We simply watched as bin Laden’s hosts, the Afghanistan Taliban, terrorized that nation, killed women in soccer fields for various imagined offenses to Islam, denied women and children schooling, and blew up ancient Buddha statues, among so many other atrocities.

Twenty years ago, Mr. Clinton looked away from the brutalization of women and girls in the Islamic world, thinking perhaps, as Mr. Obama articulated at West Point, “The odds of a direct threat against us by any nation are low, and do not come close to the dangers we faced during the Cold War.”

Cheap words of the oblivious, which are music to the ears of those who have killed thousands, and would kill millions, if they could.

Tammy Bruce is a radio talk-show host, New York Times best-selling author and Fox News and PJTV contributor.