White House press secretary Jay Carney could not offer a tangible reason to explain why it took the Obama administration two years to label Boko Haram a terrorist organization Friday on MSNBC.
He cited a number of lesser measures the administration implemented to address the group’s heinous acts, but stopped short of stating what kept Boko Haram off the State Department’s terror organization list between 2011 and 2013:
KRISTEN WELKER: It took two years for that to happen from 2011 to 2013. Why did it take so long?
JAY CARNEY: The fact is we have been working with Nigerian government and others in the battle against Boko Haram and other organizations like it and we’ll continue to do that. That predates any designations of individuals or of the organization itself. What cannot be forgotten is that the responsibility for these heinous acts lies entirely with Boko Haram and its leaders. This organization is hideous in its intentions and incredibly dangerous and already responsible for something like 1,000 deaths this year, from what I understand. And we’re going to work with all of our partners, including most especially the Nigerian government to combat this organization and its leaders.