Skip to comments.Fear Of Hillary Clinton Leads Conservatives To Illogically Blame Her For Boko Haram
Posted on 05/10/2014 5:32:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
On April 16th, in Nigeria, about 250 schoolgirls were kidnapped by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The story didnt become widely known in the US for a while. However, now that efforts are being made by the United States government to assist in recovering these girls, conservatives have decided to use this time to play the blame game. Over the past couple of days, the right-wing media has focused their attentions solely on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Based on the logic they are presenting, Clinton is to blame for Boko Harams actions due to her not designating them as a terrorist organization during her tenure as Secretary of State.
First off, for the record, since Clinton left her post, the State Department HAS designated Boko Haram as a terrorist organization. Under John Kerry, Boko Haram was named to the terror watch list in November 2013. Therefore, it seems silly to claim that Boko Haram felt emboldened to act in this manner, or that the United States ignored the group, simply because Clinton decided not to list them as a terrorist organization back then. The fact is, THEY ARE ON THE LIST. This kidnapping didnt occur on Hillary Clintons watch. It happened less than a month ago. She hasnt been Secretary of State for over a year.
However, that is the basic crux of the conservative argument. It doesnt matter what has happened since. Hillary Clinton didnt label the group Boko Haram as a terrorist organization in her last couple years as SoS, therefore she is solely to blame. Below is an excerpt from an article Andrew McCarthy of National Review wrote on Thursday saying just that:
"What happened here is obvious, although the commentariat is loath to connect the dots. Boko Haram is an Islamic-supremacist organization. Mrs. Clinton, like the Obama administration more broadly, believes that appeasing Islamists avoiding actions that might give them offense, slamming Americans who provoke them promotes peace and stability. (See Egypt for a good example of how well this approach is working.) Furthermore, if you are claiming to have decimated al-Qaeda, as the Obama administration was claiming to have done in the run-up to the 2012 election, the last thing you want to do is add jihadists to the terror list (or beef up security at diplomatic posts in jihadist hot spots, or acknowledge that jihadist rioting in Cairo or jihadist attacks in Benghazi are something other than protests inspired by an Internet video . . .)
Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who is now a pundit for CNN, wrote something similar on Friday:
"It is so clearly and vividly a terrorist organization that it seems indefensible that the State Department would have refused to designate it as such. A thorough investigation of the decision process that protected Boko Haram from 2011 until late 2013 could be devastating."
"Now that Boko Haram has attracted worldwide attention for its vicious assault on young girls, political leaders, including the former secretary of state, are rushing to issue emotionally powerful but practically meaningless statements."
"Hillary Clinton tweeted: Access to education is a basic right & an unconscionable reason to target innocent girls. We must stand up to terrorism. #BringBackOurGirls
"Clintons tweet contrasts vividly with her failure to stand up to terrorism in 2011 by calling Boko Haram what it was."
I am sure that Gingrichs longtime hatred of the Clintons didnt cloud his judgment one bit with how he is seeing this. Not one bit.
And so it goes on the right. Everybody who writes for a conservative site, appears on Fox News or hosts a right-wing radio show is jumping on this train. It doesnt matter to them how illogical it is to blame Clinton for what has occurred. Worse, they arent even really looking at the reasons why Sec. Clinton didnt list Boko Haram as a terrorist organization during her tenure. Howard LaFranchi at the Christian Science Monitor said the following in his article on Saturday:
"Boko Haram was not seen as a direct threat yet to the US and its interests although some members of Congress pressing for the designation noted that other local or regional groups had evolved into threats to the US. That was especially true of groups that grew to become affiliates of Al Qaeda. Boko Haram was considered by some experts to be linked to Al Qaeda because of its known contacts with groups such as Al Qaeda in the Maghreb."
"So the argument to list was largely one in favor of preventive action. But opposed to that position were two dozen Africa and terrorism experts who advocated for not listing Boko Haram, saying a designation by the US risked raising the groups international profile and prestige and therefore might accomplish for the group exactly what those seeking designation said they sought to prevent."
"In a letter to Clinton, the 24 specialists including a former US ambassador to Nigeria argued that designating Boko Haram might encourage the group to redirect its focus and start targeting US and Western interests. Listing Boko Haram also entailed risks for the US, the scholars argued, because it would have the effect of associating the US more closely with the counterterrorism campaign of the Nigerian government, which international human rights groups had faulted for being carried out with summary executions and little regard for civilian rights."
"Complicating the question of the pros and cons of associating more closely with the Nigerian government was the fact that the government of Nigeria, a US partner in a sea of African instability and conflict, was strongly opposed to a US listing of Boko Haram."
To add, the State Department may not have added Boko Haram as a terrorist organization at that time, but three leaders of the organization were added to the list of terrorist individuals while Clinton was at State. This wasnt an issue of appeasement of an Islamist terrorist group. This was more about trying to make the right decision at the time while taking into consideration numerous other factors. It is obvious that Clinton, as Secretary of State, took her job very seriously and didnt want to rash decisions. She wanted to take everything into account.
The only reason conservatives are grabbing on to this narrative is the fear of Hillary in 2016. They are hoping that this can piggyback on to Benghazi and hopefully smear Clinton enough in the eyes of the average American voter. The fact is that Hillary Clintons dominating in the polls right now, and that scares the bejesus out of the right. This will not be the last attempt by Republicans to bash, insult and defame Clinton before 2016.
Hillary Benghazi MANDPADS Clinton.
There is a strong parallel with how most leftists/liberals during the Cold War era were proudly “anti” anti-communists. Now Hillary and co. are anti-anti-terrorism, no matter what their pretences when they are put in the spotlight over specific terrorist attacks.
Hillary Clintons State Dept. Blocked Terrorist Designation for Boko Haram
By Andrew C. McCarthy
“The Left, by contrast, seems to believe that Islamists adherents of Islamic supremacism (though the Left would not refer to Islamic supremacism) are motivated not by an ideology derived from scriptural commands but by American policies that promote national defense, pursue other U.S. interests, and regard Israel as a key ally. Indeed, progressives like Mrs. Clinton are anti-anti-terrorists in the sense that they portray the national-security right as a greater threat than Islamic supremacism.”
No one is blaming her for Boco Loco. We just want to hear her explain why she resisted for years calling them terrorists.
Geeeze...what are the hillary cheerleaders so sensitive about?
Maybe they can ask moveon.org why they made a petition wanting the Obama Administration to NOT call this group a terrorist one..LOL no one is afraid of Hillary Clinton..she is her own worst nightmare, a cold blooded murderer..which is a big plus for the left since they are the party of murder
Big Media must be really worried about this if they’re already trying to innoculate Hillary.
The media-left keeps creating a silly straw man argument by pretending that the criticism is that Hillary is SOLELY responsible for Boko Haram.
The issue is that she did NOTHING about them and in particular did not follow strong recommendations from other depts. (Justice and the intel community) to add them to the terrorism list.
Ofc this would not have eliminated Boko Haram, but it would have provide some tools for combating. The question is not whether Hillary could somehow have eliminated them entirely, it is whether she did anything at all and in particular whether or not she took the obvious measure available to her.
Hillary Clinton's failure to deal with Boko Haram is simply one example of the uniform incompetence consistently demonstrated by all democrats in dealing with threats to our nation and our neighbors.
Of course it's blame - she's part of the universally corrupt machine that drives the democrat party, some say the soon to be heir apparent to the socialist crown.
Well, it’s true that it’s Obama’s fault, since she was about the dumbest, most powerless SOS ever and only did what the boss told her...which was usually to stay out of sight except when she had to take the hit for something he or one of his advisors had done.
Obama had a Muslim-terrorist friendly policy all through those years, and Hillary sure wasn’t going to be the one to oppose it. She just followed orders.
What Idiot would fear Ms. Clinton, don’t think any freepers do
I am waiting for the statement about how distraught she is about the girls and how this was unforeseen.
The Clintons are trying to get all of her baggage (read record) out of the way so in 2016 they can claim it is all old business and has been dealt with.
IIRC Hillarys assistant was connected to the Muslim Brotherhood. She is responsible for that.
So, does that mean every time Hillary attacks a Republican that means she fears them?
Unsecured Libyan Weapons Went to Boko Haram
The primary target of Boko Haram has been Christians, their churches and schools. Yes, any Muslim that wants their daughter educated is also in their crosshairs. Any Muslim that wants their son to learn anything other than the Koran is also a target. However the prime targets are Christian. That’s why our State Department protected them.
I think the following is an important point to make for anyone who can get the attention of national media plus real conservative leaders speaking out against Hillary.
Moveon.org now claims that this petition effort is irrelevant because it only received (they claim) around 100 signatures. They are running away from the issue and claiming that the petition was obscure. Now they do not dare to defend HILLARYs own policy.Statement in response to Rep. Stockmans bogus MoveOn supports terrorists attack
By Anna Galland. Saturday, May 10 2014
BUT now that Moveon.org has been embarrassed enough to remove the petition from their site, the argument must be made that a policy which so embarrasses the leftist clowns at Moveon.org
WAS IN FACT THE POLICY OF THE HILLARY CLINTON STATE DEPARTMENT
Statement in response to Rep. Stockmans bogus MoveOn supports terrorists attack
By Anna Galland. Saturday, May 10 2014
Thus, a policy that even Moveon.org now runs away from was in fact Hillarys policy.... and this was despite strong urgings from our intel community to change this policy!!
Doesn’t “Boko Haram” actually mean “Western education is evil” or some such?