Hillary Clinton, who thought that her stint as Secretary of State would help propel her to the presidency in 2016, may be in for a rude awakening. A Nigerian journalist and MSNBC.com contributor, China Okasi, told Lawrence O’Donnell on Monday that Hillary’s refusal to put Boko Haram on the U.S terrorist list could hurt her campaign:
Well, and this is going to be a problem for Hillary Clinton because Boko Haram has been around for quite a while. It became a stronger hold in 2009. Now when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, she was a bit reluctant to put the group on the terrorist list because she did not want to give them the validation they were looking for.
Current Secretary of State John Kerry who called Boko Haram “one of the most evil and threatening terrorist entities on the planet” placed the group on the terrorist list in November 2013.
Last year, the group kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls and reportedly married them off to militant Jihadists. Then, just two weeks ago, they massacred an entire town, leaving an estimated 2,000 people dead.
When Clinton does declare her intention to run for president, she needs to explain why voters should entrust such an important job to a person who refused to put Boko Haram on the terrorist list after years of escalating violence that has cost thousands of people their lives?