Former House Intelligence Chairman Pete Hoekstra says he believes video of the kidnapped Nigerian girls is authentic but still doubts there will be a serious military effort made by the United States and other nations to find them.
"I believe all the indications are that this is an authentic video tape released by the group, by the kidnappers. Absolutely, yes," Hoekstra told J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.
However, even though the United States and other nations such as Great Britain and Israel have offered to help Nigeria find the more than 200 teenage girls who were taken from their boarding school in April, the Michigan Republican says it is "highly unlikely" that there will be a serious military effort to recover the girls.
"This has been a drawn-out affair, and in these kinds of situations, if you want to have an impact, then you've got to do it very, very quickly," Hoekstra explained.
"We're now to the point where we're trying to locate where these young girls are being held. There are indications that they've been separated," he added. "Some of them may have been taken across national borders. All of this is going to complicate the situation here and make action very, very difficult," he said Monday.
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He said it would have helped the United States to be much more effective in combating Boko Haram if it hadn't waited until November 2013 to officially classify the group a terrorist organization.
"The bottom line is they were killing and murdering people in northern Nigeria three years ago. They had links to al-Qaida three years ago," Hoekstra told Newsmax. "We would have been better off three years ago developing a strategy to confront and contain and defeat these people rather than in many ways not acknowledging their existence."
"The U.S. and Nigeria could have been working for years to understand and to target this group and hopefully diminish their influence," he said.
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