Early voting in Georgia. On the 20th of October this old Goldwater conservative voted against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by casting my vote for Gary Johnson. Neither Trump or Clinton belong within a million miles of the Oval Office.
What this means is that prior to the State Department under Hillary designating a part of the Boko Haram group as "foreign terrorists", no previous administration's State Department had designated either the group or any part of the group as a terrorist group. Since Boko Haram has been active for 10-15 years, apparently George Bush's State Department didn't find reason to put the group on the watch list either. So this indignation, saved only for the State Department when it was under Hillary, is so clearly a partisan tar-and-feathering that it's laughable... unless, of course, you'd like to revise your vitriol and include George Bush's Secretary(ies) of State as well... and we all know that's not going to happen!The United States on Thursday named three alleged leaders of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram as "foreign terrorists," the first time it has blacklisted members of the Islamist group blamed for attacks across Africa's most populous nation. The State Department identified the three as Abubakar Shekau, calling him the "most visible" leader of the group, and Abubakar Adam Kambar and Khalid al-Barnawi, who it said were tied both to Boko Haram and to al Qaeda's north African wing.
Which is the reason Hillary, as Secretary of State, decided to acquiesce to the wishes of the academic experts on Africa, believing that if they were correct, placing the group on the watch list at that time (2012) could have caused more harm than good, for the reasons the experts had stated.In January, Lisa Monaco, the Justice Department's top national security official, sent a letter to the State Department arguing the Nigerian group met the criteria for a "foreign terrorist" listing because it either engaged in terrorism that threatens the United States or had a capability or intent to do so.
But a group of academic experts on Africa sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last month urging her not to take the step, saying it could backfire by enhancing the group's reputation among potential recruits and other militants.
This is a stupid partisan witch-hunt, pure and simple. I'll confess, I don't get the "Hillary Hatred Syndrome", where people are trying to blame her for everything on the planet, including her husband's serial adulteries, the entirety of the Benghazi tragedy and the actions of terrorist groups that nobody outside of government had even heard of until a couple of months ago. You hate her. I get it. But don't make yourselves look completely foolish by copy-pasting one-sided partisan missives that have omitted extremely salient information in order to whip the base into a foaming frenzy.
If you think this kind of infantile sand-bagging will have the slightest effect on her political future, you're sadly mistaken. If she runs for president, most democrats will vote for her; most republicans won't. We Independents will decide for ourselves when the time comes, and unless the GOP finds a solid, qualified, experienced candidate that we can get behind, most of us will probably vote third party anyway.
Anyway, I realize that the "other side" of any situation is not welcome in these partisan squabbles, by either side, but cry me a river. Democrat or Republican, somebody will always be around to point out the stuff that has been left out when these ideological turds are thrown into fans during election years... and yes, everybody realizes what y'all are doing... on both sides.
Personally I'm partial, in a more general sense, of creating an umbrella partnership with the Nigerian government to attempt to suppress Boko Haram and affiliated Islamic militant groups. This would involve the utilization of our drone facilities in Niger for targeted strikes, expanded military cooperation, and greater technical support.
Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
According to the person that requested the help on behalf of the Nigerian government, (a former U.S. general) his recent statement claims he has yet to get a response from our government. From what I have gathered, back in 2011 the CIA and FBI along with several members in Congress were urging then Sec. State Clinton to officially list Boko Haram on the U.S list as recognized terrorist group. Clinton for whatever her reasons refused to. Then later she listed 3 leaders of the group as terrorists in 2012. However, this really limited the scope and tied our hands in how to proceed. Finally after she left office and Kerry took over, it wasn't until November of 2013 that Kerry had the group officially listed and recognized as a terrorist group. Now it looks like these terrorists have got a real foothold in the region and hundreds of young girls have been kidnapped and God knows what their future holds. In light of what is happening today, whatever reasons this administration has for not aiding the Nigerians in fighting their own home grown terrorists and for delaying them being recognized as a terrorist group, has obviously been poor choices.
Last edited by vesper; 05-11-14 at 06:59 AM.
Really.....well here let me re-emphasis what took place a month Later after Clinton got the recommendations from Her Buddy in State, Carson - who was representing those African groups.
See when a General of a Command gives a report later to them and still try's to get these guys designated as a Terrorist group and also ties them to AQ and is the Head of Africa Command where all that falls under his Jurisdiction.
Pretty much puts all that you just talked about Right in the light only to still find out.....Hill Dog is still taking the weight, and its not just Republicans that's pointing things out anymore. Hence the Writer of the OP being Josh Rogin. Considered to be one of the best in telling it like it is. Coming from the NY Times and NY. He knows the Clintons.....very well.
So here it is back again.....in all its glory.
The following month, Gen. Carter Ham, the chief of U.S. Africa Command, said that Boko Haram “are likely sharing funds, training, and explosive materials” with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. And yet, Hillary Clinton’s State Department still declined to place Boko Haram on its official terrorist roster.....snip~
What Happened? Whats Up? I know.....earlier you didn't see that part that said a month later.....Right.
Oh and Just an FYI......in the Senate Hearings. Both Ham and Mullen Also Pointed out their difficulties with Clinton at State. Which was under Oath.
Yes it will help to put that Pressure on her.....with all that she has already. Yes it will help to sandbag what little career and minor accomplishments she managed to complete.
See Most Americans now know.....like when it comes to looking out for her people. Hillary will turn her back on them. Won't even check back on them in a dangerous and life threatening situation. Which that attack is a direct attack on who and what she is. Her Character her traits. Which it is going to get Louder and Louder.
Now.....when you start seeing it play out on that Big Stage. Then you can direct yourself Right back to this post. Where I told you.....whats going to take place with her so called Career you embellish upon.