COMMENTARY | Powerline delves into and interesting question is that is likely to bedevil a certain once and possibly future presidential candidate. Why did the State Department not designate Boko Haram as an official terrorist group?
This refusal to act seems to have been on the direct initiative for then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It was only after she resigned that the Nigerian terrorists were actually named what they are, a terrorist group.
Incidentally the Clinton state department also refused to name the Taliban a terrorist group, an even more bizarre move.
In any case this is very relevant because Boko Haram is now the enemies of humanity, waging a real war on women by kidnapping young girls to prevent them from getting an education and selling them into sexual bondage. It is now a universal consensus that something must be done. Many are vague on what that might be, but it will likely mean the eventual deployment of American special ops forces.
Had Ms. Clinton authorized adding Boko Haram to the list of officially designated terrorist groups, intelligence gathering and other actions would have been authorized that might have prevented the mass kidnapping and other atrocities, such as burning young boys alive to make them examples.
The official excuses do not hold water or pass the laugh test. The real reason Clinton resisted naming Boko Haram a terrorist group is because they were a Muslim Al Qaeda affiliated organization. The official Obama line at the time was that Al Qaeda was on the run and was on the verge of annihilation, therefore Boko Haram had to be a local criminal group of no consequence. Powerline goes further.
“The Taliban, not a terrorist group? Boko Haram, not a terrorist group? There is no coherent explanation for such decisions. They can only be the fruit of an emotional, anti-American, and frankly disturbed attitude toward the world.”
The need to carry on this fiction also got Clinton and Obama into deep trouble in Benghazi. It all derived from the fact that the president was up for reelection and mission accomplished in the War on Terror was a prime element of his campaign.
But this means that Clinton has a lot to answer for if she wants to run for president. Will she be forced to answer or will the matter be swept under the rug by her supporters in the mainstream media?What difference does it make? A whole lot, actually.