The Three B’s Haunting Hillary Clinton

Benghazi, Boeing, and Boko Haram.

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Lucia Graves
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Lucia Graves
May 12, 2014, 10:01 a.m.

Hil­lary Clin­ton has come un­der fire re­cently for not identi­fy­ing Boko Haram, the Ni­geri­an Is­lam­ist rebel group re­spons­ible for the cap­ture of more than 200 school­girls, as a for­eign ter­ror­ist or­gan­iz­a­tion back when she was sec­ret­ary of State.

But John Camp­bell, who served as am­bas­sad­or to Ni­ger­ia un­der George W. Bush, said on Fox News the cri­ti­cism of Clin­ton is un­fair.

“Along with a good many oth­er Ni­geri­an ex­perts at the time, we all op­posed des­ig­na­tion,” Camp­bell ex­plained to Chris Wal­lace re­gard­ing his time in the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion. “We op­posed des­ig­na­tion be­cause we don’t think that the le­gis­la­tion ac­tu­ally fits the situ­ation in Ni­ger­ia. The Boko Haram move­ment is highly dif­fuse. It’s not a cent­ral­ized or­gan­iz­a­tion. It has im­port­ant grass­roots ele­ments to it.”

The State De­part­ment did la­bel Boko Haram as a ter­ror­ist group in Novem­ber 2013, un­der Sec­ret­ary of State John Kerry.

It’s not just Boko Haram that’s dog­ging Clin­ton. Clin­ton’s time as sec­ret­ary of State is in­creas­ingly be­com­ing fod­der for polit­ic­al at­tacks, with Benghazi back in the news and the nature of her re­la­tion­ship with Boe­ing be­ing drawn in­to ques­tion.

Asked re­cently about Clin­ton’s ten­ure in the State De­part­ment, Sen. Marco Ru­bio gave Clin­ton an F. “If you look at the dip­lomacy that was pur­sued in her time in the State De­part­ment, it has failed every­where in the world,” Ru­bio said on This Week With George Stephan­o­poulos. “If she is go­ing to run on her re­cord as sec­ret­ary of State, she’s also go­ing to have to an­swer for its massive fail­ures.”

Call it the three B’s haunt­ing Hil­lary: Benghazi, Boe­ing, and Boko Haram. Wheth­er Re­pub­lic­ans can suc­cess­fully par­lay any of them in­to polit­ic­al points re­mains an open ques­tion — but if the fuss around Benghazi is any in­dic­a­tion, we haven’t heard the end of Clin­ton and Boko Haram.

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