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Allen West: Kidnapped Nigerian girls are a ‘fishy’ Obama plot to distract from Benghazi

By David Edwards
Monday, May 12, 2014 11:23 EDT
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Allen West speaks to Fox News
 
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Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a Fox News contributor, suggested this week that focus on nearly 300 kidnapped girls in Nigeria was a “fishy” plot to take attention away from President Barack Obama’s “scandals,” including the terrorist attacks in Benghazi.

In a Monday column on his website, West opined that concern about the terrorist group Boko Haram, which kidnapped the girls, “right now seems fishy to me.”

“I find it interesting that everyone (including the First Lady) is now all up in arms about Boko Haram and their jihadist actions,” he wrote.

West likened the attention on Boko Haram to the Dustin Hoffman movie “Wag the Dog,” which depicts a war that has been fabricated by a presidential campaign to distract from other scandals.

“Are we witnessing an Obama ‘Wag the Dog’ moment with Boko Haram in Nigeria? I say yes,” he asserted. “Consider all the scandals facing the Obama administration, especially Benghazi and the Select Committee, which Rep. Nancy Pelosi referred to as a ‘political stunt.’”

“So what better time than right now, to create the straw man of Boko Haram, another distraction for which no real action will take place,” West added. “Gotta give it to the Democrats, they know how to make life imitate art. Sadly, as a nation we’re falling for another episode of liberal progressive ‘Wag the Dog.’”

As Media Matters pointed out, West also recently blasted the media for paying more attention to racist remarks made by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling than the Benghazi attacks.

Listen to the audio below from Kilmeade & Friends, broadcast April 30, 2014.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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