The *Real* Reason Hillary Clinton Didn't Designate Boko Haram As A Terrorist Group When She Had The Chance
When Boko Haram was killing hundreds of people in Nigeria the past few years, the mainstream media here in the West didn't really pay it much attention. You'd see a brief news article in the paper or some 200-300 word blurb on a news blog.
But now that this radical Islamic terrorist group has graduated from merely killing hundreds of people in their attacks to kidnapping hundreds of girls....the Western world is sitting up and taking real notice. When hashtags about something start trending on social media, you know that issue has hit the big time n' stuff.
Now I know how media works. I've been studying the media and it's biases for over 30 years. I'm not complaining about that. One white girl disappears on a Caribbean island = months of intense, non-stop media coverage. That's just the way things are. Dozens of black girls can disappear all across the fruited plain in America in that time & it doesn't create the slightest ripple in the national news.
But it is important to understand the reasons as to why in the past few years Boko Haram slaughtering 100's of young boys in attacks on Christian schools didn't get this terrorist group the kind of attention it craved, but kidnapping & selling 100's of young girls into sex slavery did.
While there isn't a single country where a radicalized CHRISTIAN group is blowing up it's fellow citizens over their religion, in places like Yemen, Turkey, Pakistan, Indonesia, Thailand, Egypt, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Kenya and about 10 more I'm too lazy to list, radical Islamists are waging war on fellow citizens while repeatedly claiming they are engaged in a jihad of religious cleansing.
The smart Western PC thing to do, according to our Liberal so-called 'elite' class is to completely discount the stated reasons these terrorists give for their actions and instead understand the 'root causes' of all of this jihadic violence. Which they claim is usually poverty.
Perhaps the recent events of the past year shall lay to rest the false idea that groups like Boko Haram do what they do because of 'poverty', not their radical Islamist beliefs. When the Boko Haram leader tapes himself giving Islamic reasons for his sex slavery, good luck palming that off on poverty that you can fix with 'social justice'. There are plenty of poor regions in Africa where radicalized terror groups aren't kidnapping girls & selling them as sex slaves.
"I will sell them in the marketplace...!"
About the 50th time some Islamic terrorist radical screams out some religious justification for his violent acts and the local Liberal holds up a hand and confidently tells everyone "Ignore what he just claimed.....it's really just poverty, you know.", everyone's going to start realizing he's not 'explaining' anything - he's attempting to rationalize something away, which is a HUGE difference.
While the Left tries to process what Islamic terror groups like Boko Haram do based on convoluted ideas about 'poverty', the reality is radicalized Muslims in Nigeria are engaged in a religious war of eradication aimed at that country's Christian population. These fanatics aren't burning down mosques or slaughtering young boys who are attending Islamic schools. But don't hold your breath waiting for the MSM to point out the religious nature of this violence, how it's violent Muslims slaughtering peaceful Christians. They haven't done that in Syria, Libya, Egypt or anywhere else, so why should they point it out in Nigeria?
For the time she was in charge of our State Dept. Hillary deliberately refused to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist group despite being urged to do so several times. Why?
Her husband, Blow Job Bill, was forthright at the time about the true nature of the problem that Boko Haram presented:
Bill Clinton Claims 'Poverty' Is Real Cause Of Boko Haram
"Now an average person would look at Boko Haram & think religion is what motivates
all that slaughter. Thank God you guys have me to tell you the *real* reason!"
For the same reason the Ft. Hood terrorist attack had to become 'workplace violence'. We have idiots in charge of our gov't determined to prove over and over again just how 'special' and 'sensitive' they are. And this is demonstrated by rejecting the common sense interpretation of events in favor of an interpretation that will manifest their awesome special insight.
Once you understand this, what motivates the way these people look at policy, a lot of the stupid, counterproductive crap they do will make sense. Policy pursued by Leftist ideologues like Obama & Clinton isn't about it 'working' or being 'practical'. It's all about THEM.
"I will demonstrate how special, elite and sensitive I am by implementing this policy that rejects hundreds of years worth of practical experience. Who cares if it WORKS or not? I will have shown the world how SPECIAL I am!"
Thomas Sowell exposed this character trait of Liberals in his book "Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation As Basis For Social Policy".
You think people like Obama, Hillary, Holder, etc. implement policy based on effectiveness, practical results, fixing problems? Nope. The only goal their policies really have is to confirm to them how special they are. That's it. It's about congratulating THEMSELVES.
This is why any NORMAL, practical, non-ideological person looking at Boko Haram goes 'Yep, that's a radical Islamic terror group' but.....a Hillary Clinton looks at that same group as an opportunity to implement policy that shows how SPECIAL she is.
"Why, this isn't a TERRORIST GROUP! This is obviously a result of poverty that social justice policy will fix! Only *I* could see that!"
"I'm so awesome, sometimes I even amaze myself!"
Yes folks, these are the kind of people running the country for the past 6 years. Every problem is reduced to just being a chance to show how special they are.
Conservatives, at their heart, are utilitarians. "Is it going to WORK? Will it be BETTER or will it make the problem WORSE? Compared to WHAT? Who pays for this?"
Progressives don't think this way. Their lofty ideology DEMANDS only 1 course of action. How can they prove their specialness if they don't take it? And it's no accident that the course of action they take is often a direct rejection of what experience and practicality would demand. Because doing the practical thing that experience demands, why, that's how 'average, ordinary' people would solve that problem, you know. They're NOT average OR ordinary! Stand back, peasants....and watch them AMAZE you!
This leads to Progressives actually hiding from reality. They are so wrapped up in themselves they can't deal with real world problems. This is why on foreign policy the Obama administration is one long story of shocked surprise and missed opportunities when the world out there won't conform to their anointed vision.
This is also why ObamaCare turned out to be a flaming trainwreck. Just PASSING it proved they were special. The heavy lifting of crafting a new gargantuan centrally planned bureaucracy that would successfully implement something that freaking large and complicated? There's no fun in that!
ObamaCare was about Progressive self-congratulation. They proved they cared! They showed they were special! So WHAT if it never even comes close to achieving all the results they claimed that it would?! Looking at the dismal results just gets in the way of basking in the glow of their own self-congratulation.
How frightening is it to realize the people making the important policy decisions on the issues & dangers we face make them based on THIS?
"How is this policy issue going to help me demonstrate how special, out of the ordinary, and sensitive I am?"
That's it. That's the basis.
On foreign policy, on domestic policy, the economy, jobs, you name it, this is the motivation these 'elites' are functioning under.
"How will this issue allow me to prove how racially sensitive I am? How much I care about the poor?" - Hillary looking at the Islamic TERRORIST GROUP Boko Haram just two years ago.
Hillary 2 years ago: Proving how special she was by spotting that poverty was root cause of Boko Haram, while all the people who weren't as smart or perceptive as she was were ignorantly demanding it be designated a terrorist group.
Hillary today: Proving how much more she cares & is special by standing up for 'our girls' and demanding Boko Haram 'bring them back'.
See how it works? Two years ago Hillary was special for not declaring Boko Haram a terror group. Today Hillary is special for caring about those poor kidnapped girls more than you do.
I actually feel kinda sorry for John Kerry right now. If Clinton had done the 'ordinary' thing 2 years ago instead of trying to prove how special she was, we'd be further along in stopping Boko Haram at this point.
"How come *I* had to play 'Captain Obvious' & declare these guys a terrorist group?"
Their compulsion to self-congratulation leads to incredibly bad policy and then attempts to cover over the results of those bad policies. This might work for a year or two, especially with the help of a complicit mainstream media. But history will take the long view, and it's going to be most unkind to an administration that was full of people determined to spend 8 long years proving how special they were at the expense of the country they were supposed to be leading.
UPDATE: OK, not sorry for John Kerry after all. Just this Wednesday, our current Secretary of State trotted out the 'poverty' excuse for Boko Haram. The 'smart power' set will apparently STILL go to any lengths necessary to say religion isn't the cause of this.
UPDATE II: And now Sen. David Vitter of the Senate Armed Services Committee is saying he has proof that Hillary's State Department broke the law and deliberately mislead Congress about Boko Haram so they could avoid having to call it a terrorist group:
Sen. David Vitter (R., La.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, petitioned Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday to explain why Clinton’s State Department misrepresented and downplayed key informationabout Boko Haram’s terrorist activities in its annual reports to Congress.
Former Secretary of State Clinton lied to Congress when she said that the State Department lacked the necessary information to designate Boko Haram as a terror group, according to Vitter’s letter, which presents new information about the State Department’s purported efforts to downplay the terror group’s impact.
Clinton’s State Department fought against efforts to designate Boko Haram for nearly two years, a move that likely limited U.S. efforts to confront the group earlier and allowed it to grow in strength.
Vitter charges that officials working under Clinton intentionally manipulated words and mislead Congress in its annual reports to create the impression that Boko Haram posed little to no threat.
Clinton’s State Department “repeatedly stated in the year leading up to the designation that it did not have data available or the necessary understanding to make the determination,” Vitter wrote to Kerry, according to a copy of unreleased letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
However, “recent evidence suggests Secretary Hillary Clinton and the State Departments not only knew of the extent, but also deliberately attempted to obfuscate the issue in order to avoid having to make the designation of Boko Haram as a [Foreign Terrorist Organization], including downplaying the State Department’s own Country Reports on Terrorism (CRT),” Vitter writes.
It's more clear than ever why this woman must NEVER become President. She doesn't possess the judgement for the job.