[guest post by Dana]
At this point in time, most of us are aware that Hillary Clinton dropped the ball by declining to designate Boko Haram a terrorist organization in spite of top State Department officials and a military commander urging her to do so. To be clear,
The State Department under Hillary Clinton fought hard against placing the al Qaeda-linked militant group Boko Haram on its official list of foreign terrorist organizations for two years.
Because of the two year delay until John Kerry made the designation in 2013, Boko Haram was able to grow, both in number and power, as well as gain support from al Qaeda affiliates elsewhere in Africa that could make it a threat beyond Nigeria.
Due to being unable to make use of the mechanisms provided the United States when dealing with a designated terrorist organization, the fears and warnings once again became reality with Boko Haram’s latest campaign against the Nigerian school girls.
Given this recent revelation, the question is: Does this – on top of Benghazi – hurt Hillary and her chances in 2016? And if so, how much?
On a side note, given that the president is now sending military officials and hostage negotiators to Nigeria to aid in the recovery efforts of the kidnapped girls, (and heroic Hollywood is fighting Boko Haram with hashtags!), do you believe this an adequate and/or appropriate response by the United States?