Administration's attempt to defund Shabab a failure

NY Times:
Somali Militants Defy Efforts to Stem Their Income
The Shabab, which claimed responsibility for the deadly mall siege in Nairobi, makes money through illegal endeavors and even employs a team of accountants.
It sounds like the current strategy is not working and they need to develop a new one.  One of the problems is that this administration has not attracted people with the kind of imagination needed to come up with a new plan.  They have in fact alienated some of the best minds in the counterinsurgency, counter terrorism community.  The eagerness for retreat has led to renewed violence in Iraq and no receding of violence elsewhere in the Muslim world.


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