May 8, 2014

5 Questions For Clinton On Boko Haram

In last night’s report by Josh Rogin, on how Hillary “fought hard” against efforts by the FBI, CIA and the Justice Department to label the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), “Representatives for Clinton did not respond to multiple requests for comment.”

Here are a few unanswered questions for Hillary Clinton:

  1. In hindsight, do you believe not labeling Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) before you stepped down as Secretary of State was a mistake?
  2. What was the reasoning for not labeling Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO)?
  3. Voices within the Department of Justice, CIA and members of Congress argued that you should label Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization? What counsel within the State Department or elsewhere were you given in opposition of these other agencies and lawmakers’ advice?
  4. Were you reluctant to name Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization because it would contradict President Obama’s election year rhetoric that “Al Qaeda is on the run”?
  5. Last night, you noted that “this is not the first assault on a school that Boko Haram is responsible for,” and said as Secretary of State, you had “numerous conversations” on the issue with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan about the issue. If you were asking Nigeria to do more, should the U.S. have done more, and labeled Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization?