May 8th, 2014
05:17 PM ET
9 years ago

Clinton's handling of Boko Haram questioned

Washington (CNN) - Hindsight is 20/20, they say, but some people may need backwards-looking glasses in debating whether the State Department under Hillary Clinton erred two years ago by not designating Boko Haram a terrorist group.

The question arose Thursday as part of the international focus on last month's abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by the jihadist group in northeast Nigeria that threatens to sell them into slavery.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • State Department
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  1. Sniffit

    Right. Because, you know, if we had called them "terrorists" then 270 little girls wouldn't have been abducted? This is RWNJ smear-sleeze is what this is. What a complete and utter farce.

    And really CNN? You're now regurgitating Daily Beast tabloid journalism second-hand...not to mention that it was based solely on an anonymous maybe-they-exist-maybe-they-don't source's OPINIONS and recognition that something something Benghazi and Boko Haram both start with "B" so "isn't this an opportune time to try to hype up a new superficial nontroversy that touches on similar subjects?" You've stepped through the freekin looking glass and there's no way back. It's more "black hole journalism" and you know it.

    May 8, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. don in albuquerque

    Totally ridiculous story. New conspiracy theory in the making. Any time a story starts out "an anonymous person", hang it up and forget it. That translates to "we don't want to get caught in the middle of another lie but........." GOTP why not do your jobs instead of inventing fairy tales that end up costing tax payers millions.

    May 8, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Such attacks mimicked GOP tactics during Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, when Republican nominee Mitt Romney criticized the administration's response to the Benghazi attack shortly after it occurred."

    In other words, they're as much of a reality rewrite as when Mittens needed to be corrected on national television during the presidential election debates for LYING and saying the Obama never failed to call Benghazi terrorism. But you see, CNN doesn't want to talk about that, because that points out just how desperate and loosely connected to reality the GOP/Teatrolls' talking points are on the subject of Benghazi and now this. So instead, CNN gives you a sentence that glosses over all of that and makes it sound like the GOP/Teatrolls might be talking something legitimate here. Hint: They're not.

    May 8, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Wouldn't they be considered bandits or Pirates .

    So much oil wealth and so much insecurity .

    May 8, 2014 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. Former republican, now an independent

    Another extremist republican attempt to smear any person who could potentially run a campaign against them. Next Rep. Issa will waste millions more taxpayer dollars on one of his witch hunts that produce nothing but hot air!

    May 8, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    " saying the Obama never failed to call Benghazi terrorism"

    Correction: "...saying that Obama failed to call Benghazi terrorism..."

    The typing is too d-mn fast!

    May 8, 2014 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    So next time I am robbed, I will stop the next policeman I see and demand to know why they didn't take that particular shady character out of 1000 off the street who would end up robbing me someday.

    May 8, 2014 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Ol' Yeller

    ""A number of factors have been attributed to fueling Boko Haram's violence and fanaticism, including a feeling of alienation from the wealthier, Christian, oil-producing southern Nigeria; pervasive poverty; rampant government corruption; heavy-handed security measures...."

    Wow... no wonder the neo cons want the group designated as a terrorist... the factors which created them sounds like the neo con dreams- AKA- the bush years... the rich christians getting wealthy off oil while the rest of the country was in poverty and the government was ate up with corruption and used heavy handed security measures.

    Yep. That's the bush years I managed to survive and I hated them too...

    May 8, 2014 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  9. NC

    Good grief CNN you are sinking to a new low.

    May 8, 2014 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. Abbey

    Democrats are becoming the laughing stock with how they react to all these foreign policy blunders. Here's the newest one

    May 8, 2014 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. Abbey

    Democrats could care less about national security and the well being of Americans abroad. Just look at Benghazi for proof.

    May 8, 2014 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. don in albuquerque

    And just supposing they had been placed on our little Terrorist list two years ago..... that would have prevented this kidnapping how? Oh and by the way, just who were these "Congressmen" who made calls to the State Dept, names please, and dates they called. Or were they anonymous also? This story is a text book example of "Yellow Journalism".

    May 8, 2014 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. yeahright

    Giving them a label two years ago would have changed what is happening now... how??

    May 8, 2014 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. Brineybones

    Soooo, CNN finally posted this story. I am proud of you for a change. Here is one instance where CNN was not playing the lame lapdog role as PR Rep for the DNC.

    May 8, 2014 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  15. kitty

    So CNN is accusing Hillary of hypocracy????????? YIKES!
    And not a word about the republicans?? Now this is what we call unbiased media!!

    May 8, 2014 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  16. BudW

    Hillary the democrat darling is going into 2016 with a lot of baggage, what is she going to say to explain giving Boko Haram a pass.

    May 8, 2014 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. DaveinIL

    That's all right. Our current Secretary of State syas it's only because they're poor.

    May 8, 2014 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  18. Kris

    Look up the word "terrorist". Clinton was correct. These are criminals, not terrorists.

    May 8, 2014 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  19. Andy

    Hillary is a epic failure, anyone who votes for her is doing a disservice to our country

    May 8, 2014 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. Fred Lopez

    HIlary Clinton WAS DERELICT in NOT Sending US Troops to Save the US Ambassador to LIBYA. HILARY CLINTON is INCOMPETENT.

    May 8, 2014 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. TheTruth

    Amazing how so many people can ignore the truth because it involves someone they don't want to hear anything bad about. Fact is, Hillary worked very hard to keep Boko Haram from being on ANY terrorist list. Sorry for those who are upset by the truth, but it's easily verified.

    May 8, 2014 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |

    How can they NOT have been terrorists? HOW?

    May 8, 2014 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. qckslvr

    Who wrote this story-John Boehner?

    May 8, 2014 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  24. Yakobi

    Based on how her husband mishandled all the terrorist attacks that occurred on his watch, is this any surprise?

    May 8, 2014 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  25. Yakobi

    Gotta love all the Hillary sock puppets. How many books does she have to sell in order to pay them to post comments on all the political websites? They remind me of officer Barbrady on "South Park"–"Move along, nothing to see here" (as there's some disaster happening in the background). Of course, they have a lot of experience at obfuscation, what with all the scandals when Slick Willie was prez.

    May 8, 2014 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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