|Family of one of the victims overwhelmed by grief and horror.|
A report in the Washington Post describes how this attack marks another failure of Obama's counter-terrorism policy:
President Obama has cited the battle against al-Shabab militants in Somalia as a model of success for his relatively low-investment, light-footprint approach to counterterrorism.The Post points out that the White House claims this attack in Kenya is actually a success story as the White House pretends that this shows some desperation on the part of the terrorists. Will we see such "desperation" in attacks on U.S. targets as further proof of Obama's success?
But this week’s massacre of 148 people at Garissa University College, the deadliest terrorist attack on Kenyan soil in two decades, demonstrates the limits of the administration’s approach and the difficulty of producing lasting victories over resilient enemies.
Only last fall, Obama was touting his counterterrorism strategy in the region as one that “we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.”
The collapse of the American-backed government in Yemen forced the Pentagon last month to pull its Special Operations forces from the country. The chaos in Yemen and the absence of an effective partner has essentially halted U.S. counterterrorism operations against al-Qaeda’s affiliate there.