Hillary refused to designate woman kidnapping Islamist group Boko Haram as a terrorist organization

This week, Hillary Clinton talked about the need to “bring back our girls”–the girls and women kidnapped by Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram. But during her tenure as Secretary of State, the State Department was repeatedly asked to label Boko Haram a terrorist organization–and it refused.


Why? Because it was a “local grievance,” and it wasn’t our place to get involved. (Sound familiar?) Of course, now that getting involved is politically popular, Hillary has changed her tune.

On Wednesday, Clinton said: that the abduction of the girls by Boko Haram was “abominable, it’s criminal, it’s an act of terrorism and it really merits the fullest response possible, first and foremost from the government of Nigeria.” Clinton said that as Secretary of State she had numerous meetings with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and had urged the Nigerian government to do more on counterterrorism…What Clinton didn’t mention was that her own State Department refused to place Boko Haram on the list of foreign terrorist organizations in 2011, after the group bombed the UN headquarters in Abuja. The refusal came despite the urging of the Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA, and over a dozen Senators and Congressmen.

“The one thing she could have done, the one tool she had at her disposal, she didn’t use. And nobody can say she wasn’t urged to do it. It’s gross hypocrisy,” said a former senior U.S. official who was involved in the debate.

As much as people screamed that George W. Bush was a dangerous warmonger who was going to blow up the world, at least you know he would have called a spade a spade when it came to Boko Haram. It took celebrity activism for the Democrats to finally label them terrorists and vow to do something about it.

Also see: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

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