‘This Week’ Transcript: Gov. Jerry Brown

BROWN: Well, I wouldn't call it a coronation, but I would say she's the overwhelming favorite. I can't see any opposition, not even potential opposition. It -- whether it's a good thing or not, it does carry with it risks. Being a frontrunner is being on a perch that everyone else is going to try to knock you off of.

So she's there. She's got the capacity. But like any frontrunner, she has to be cautious and wise in how she proceeds forward.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Governor Brown, thank you very much for your time this morning.

BROWN: Thanks.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Now to that desperate search in Nigeria, where those 200 young girls taken from their school have now been held by the Boko Haram terror group for more than a month.

A new military offensive is underway right now, with help from the US.

And ABC's Hamish MacDonald has the latest.

HAMISH MACDONALD, ABC NEWS CORRESPONDENT: The search for the kidnapped Nigerian girls is stepping up. The Seventh Division of Nigeria's army is leading the way, with surveillance support from the U.S. overhead. They're scouring the Sambisa Forest and the Gorza (ph) area, where they believe smaller groups of girls are held, some possibly in caves.

But Nigeria's military is facing criticism about its effectiveness.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're now looking at a military force that's, quite frankly, becoming afraid to even engage.

MACDONALD: International partners, including the U.S. and U.K., have been reluctant so far to share all intelligence, fearing leaks inside Nigeria's military may be tipping off Boko Haram. The military is defending its deployment and its resourcing.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Nobody ever has enough. I think we're trying our best and we are improving regularly.

MACDONALD: The Nigerian president promised to visit Chibok, where the girls were taken, but changed plans at the last minute, citing security fears.

In the volatile northeast, we met families of the missing. These fathers feel nervous, abandoned and frustrated.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There is no policemen, no soldiers, no any civil servants that would...

MACDONALD (on camera): Are you angry?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

MACDONALD (voice-over): At this weekend's summit in Paris, Boko Haram was labeled West Africa's al Qaeda. Its leaders promised to wage total war on the group.

(on camera): For all this rhetoric about war on Boko Haram, there are still serious doubts about the capacity of Nigeria's military. The State Department view seems to be that even if the girls can be located, Nigerian soldiers might lack the skills to carry out a successful rescue mission -- George.

STEPHANOPOULOS: OK, Amish, thanks.

Let's get more analysis now from ABC's chief global affairs correspondent, Martha Raddatz, and retired Navy SEAL, Robert Harward, now an ABC News contributor -- and Mr. Harward, let me begin with you.

You just heard those doubts that Hamish expressed that the United States has about the capability of the Nigerian military.

What kind of resources do we have in place there and what can we do?

ROBERT HARWARD, ABC NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Well, George, as the State Department acknowledged yesterday, we have a full range of assets to assist the government of Nigeria, not only advisers, but also those air and satellite assets that can search over a broad area of Northern Nigeria to isolate those individuals.

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