How Much Are Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton Really Worth to al Qaeda?

Last week, the US State Department announced that it was offering $33 million for information leading to the capture of seven Shabaab commanders.  Shabaab is affiliated with al Qaeda that has been operating in Somalia.

Offered through the State Department’s Rewards for Justice program, the $33 million breaks down accordingly:

  • $7 M – Ahmed Abdi Aw-Mohamed, founder and commander of Shabaab.
  • $5 M – Each for four leaders of Shabaab.
  • $3 M – Each for two leaders of Shabaab.

One of the four leaders with a $ 5M bounty on his head is a commander named Fuad Mohamed Khalaf.  In response to the State Department’s announced rewards, Khalaf said,

“Anyone who helps the Mujahideen find the whereabouts of Obama and Hillary Clinton will be rewarded with 10 Camels to the information leading to Obama and 10 hens and 10 cocks for Hillary.”

“The announcement from the U.S. government . . . will certainly help the Somali government’s efforts to end al Qaeda’s reign of terror in Somalia.  This is an important juncture in Somali history, where the possibility of full recovery from years of chaos is within reach.”

“There is nothing new in the fact that infidels pay to have Muslim leaders killed.  They already did that by offering camels for the head of Prophet Mohammed, and the dollar is the camel of today.”

According to a CNN report, camels in Somalia sell for around $700 each, which would make Barack Obama worth a whopping $7,000.  I couldn’t find out how much chickens were worth in Somalia, but the current US commodity price is $0.945 per pound and figuring an average live hen to weigh in at around four pounds and rooster five pounds, would make Hillary Clinton worth about $85.05.

Personally, I think both amounts are way too high for what each of them are really worth.  I also don’t believe that it would be a complete waste of time and effort to even consider such a thing.  But if Shabaab leaders want to set such exorbitant values on the US President and US Secretary of State, then let them, it’s their money.