A SEAL team to #BringBackOurGirls? It will take A LOT more than that. Assuming the girls are all in one place (which probably isn’t the case) there are 276 of them. That will take close to a thousand troops and support personnel at least. And you’ll need a C130 or two or similar large aircraft to extract the girls alone. This will be a major military operation. The logistical requirements here are huge: a platoon of SEALs and a few Blackhawks isn’t enough do the job.

This doesn’t mean I am against a US mission to get the the girls, I am all for it.

But I am shocked how the so-called experts, the TV journalists and pundits, have radically underestimated the scope of the mission. “Why can’t we just send in some SEALs and rescue these girls like we did with Capt. Phillips or with the raid that killed bin Lauden?” I’ve heard on more than one news outlet. Apples and Oranges. Bin Laden was one man, Capt. Phillips also one man. An operation to extract 276 people from an unknown amount of armed captors will be many times larger than those.

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