Friday, May 16, 2014

Obama Administration Goes To Bat For Boko Haram in 2013

to my wife, Sheralyn for discovering this article [that is quoted later in this post] from the Canadian Free Press website.  She was amazed that she had to find this information from a web site from Canada. This article notes that it may not only be Hillary Clinton in this administration who should receive criticism regarding actions [or lack there of] regarding the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

Hot Air's Ed Morrissey
Hillary Clinton received criticism when the state department [under her watch] did not designate the militant Islamist group from Nigeria, Boko Haram, as a terrorist group.   This from Ed Morrissey on Hot Air on May 8:  "Boko Haram has wreaked havoc in Nigeria and portions of surrounding nations since 2009, when the Nigerian government tried to crack down on their arms-gathering operations. The group of Islamist terrorists had been known for much of that time to have ties to al-Qaeda, both ideological and tactical. Hundreds, perhaps thousands died in terrorist attacks from 2009 to 2013, many of them targeted for their Christianity. And yet, not until November 2013 did the US finally list Boko Haram as a terrorist group."  Later in the article Ed Morrissey states: "Rogin takes care to report this as taking place during Clinton’s tenure, not ordered by Clinton herself. However, it’s difficult to imagine a lower-ranking official at State brushing off demands from the commander of AFRICOM, as well as the CIA and the FBI."  The last sentence in Ed Morrissey's article from Hot Air, which is great rhetoric [which I am highlighting]: "Now Hillary wants to fight Boko Haram with hashtags. Too bad she didn’t fight them with real resources when she had the chance."

Now from the article in the Canadian Free Press that my wife sent me that was published on Wednesday May 14, 2014 [again the highlighted parts are done by me and not in the original article]: "Hillary Clinton wasn’t the only Obama administration official who went to bat for Boko Haram over the past few years.  Soon after John Kerry took over as Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Terence P. McCulley, accused the Nigerian government of butchery during a confrontation with Boko Haram terrorists in Baga, a Nigerian town on the shores of Lake Chad, and in May 2013 threatened to withdraw U.S. military aid from the West African nation."

Continuing from the Canadian Free Press article: "Boko Haram militants attacked a Nigerian military outpost in April 2013 outside Baga, killing one soldier. Following the three-day battle human rights activists, including the George Soros-funded and liberal aligned Human Rights Watch, which is not exactly known for its impartiality when it comes to reporting on Islamic issues, claimed the Nigerian military wantonly slaughtered 183 civilians and burned down over 2,000 homes and businesses."

"The threat of military sanctions, and whether or not they were actually implemented, is an open question as there has been zero coverage of this issue in the mainstream media, may have had a chilling effect on Nigerian military operations against Boko Haram. Since Ambassador McCulley’s proclamation the Nigerian civilian death toll by Boko Haram Islamic militants has skyrocketed over the past year."

So, first we have the State Department under the leadership of Hillary Clinton not putting Boko Haram on the official list of terrorist organizations, then we have the State Department under the leadership of John Kerry threatening sanctions against the Nigerian government for fighting back against Boko Haram acts of terror.

With that in mind the Canadian Free Press ends their article with this rational statement: "No wonder the Nigerian government was initially reluctant to accept U.S. assistance with finding the more than 200 Christian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram last month."
to read Ed Morrissey's great article in Hot  please click here

to read the entire article from the Canadian Free Press, please click here

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