John McCain Wants to Send Special Forces to Nigeria, Whether Nigeria Wants Them or Not


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Former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says if he were president he'd send special forces to Nigeria to rescue nearly 300 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram last month whether the Nigerian government wanted to or not. The Daily Beast reports:

"If they knew where they were, I certainly would send in U.S. troops to rescue them, in a New York minute I would, without permission of the host country," McCain told The Daily Beast on Tuesday. "I wouldn't be waiting for some kind of permission from some guy named Goodluck Jonathan," he added, referring to the president of Nigeria.

The U.S. offered to send a team of specialists to help the Nigerian government find and rescue the kidnapped girl, pressuring Nigeria until it definitively accepted the effort. McCain said the U.S. shouldn't wait for Nigeria to ok a military operation because the government "such as it is," would be grateful after the fact, and said it would bring a "high point" of popularity for President Obama.

McCain said he would have the right to act militarily under the United Nations charter, because he considers the kidnapping a "crime against humanity." As The Daily Beast notes, McCain has for a long time consistently been in favor of an aggressively interventionist U.S. foreign policy. Nevertheless, his justification for U.S. action in Nigeria mirrors the kind of justification regularly deployed by the Obama administration, from the intervention in Libya, for which President Obama did not seek authorization from Congress, to the attempted intervention in Syria.

That line of thinking, broadly called "the responsibility to protect," is not so significantly different from the justification for intervention used by more traditional neoconservatives; making the world safe for democracy. Both justifications ignore the constitutional process by which the U.S. ought to make war and conflate U.S. national security interest with broad humanitarian concerns, and both have the effect of expanding the reach of American empire.

Related: read four reasons U.S. intervention in Nigeria would be a bad idea, because McCain won't.

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  1. Is there anything special forces can’t do?

    1. Well, they suck at killing Predators.

      1. That’s just because they don’t have time to bleed!

        1. *cuts own chest with knife, and then stands on fallen tree, waiting*

          1. We’re all gonna die

    2. Make McCain a thinking man?

      1. I was going to say ‘Put sense in a fools brain.”

  2. McCain sucks but these Nigerian villagers are awesome. A sampling of the hot hot 2A and voluntarist action from the link.

    On Tuesday morning, after learning about an impending attack by the militants, villagers ambushed two trucks with gunmen, residents and a security official told The Associated Press. At least 10 militants were detained, and scores were killed, the official said…..hoolgirls/

    Lightly armed likely untrained villagers doing a better job than Nigeria’s military.

  3. from some guy named Goodluck Jonathan,” he added, referring to the president of Nigeria

    Sovereignty? WTF is that?

    The guy’s name’s not presidential enough for him? What a condescending asshole.

    1. He’s senile. Leave the poor old coot alone.

  4. I just noticed that McCain had an uncredited cameo as a CTU staffer in the fifth season of 24.

    1. I enjoyed the fact that Jack Bauer’s best buddy was a nasty relative on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

  5. McCain’s working hard to make sure no one feels we’d have been better off electing him. Fucking hell.

    1. I’m convinced that McCain would have been a worse President than Obama from 2009-2013.

      And that really should be impossible.

      1. I can thank him for forcing me to become a libertarian though. Watching the fucker embrace TARP forced me to rethink my own political loyalties.

      2. I am not convinced of that for the simple reason of Obamacare, but I am convinced of that for Romney 2012-2016. Granted that’s a WIP but Romney…sucks so much…god I hate them both so much.

      3. I’m convinced that McCain would have been a worse President than Obama from 2009-2013.

        He would have been just as bad in entirely different ways, IMO.

  6. McCain literally does not give the slightest shit about the sovereignty of other countries. He doesn’t just not give a shit, he’s dismissive. Maybe Obama should promote him to Secretary of State, seeing how good at diplomacy he is.

    1. It’s a great attitude to take as our economic and military standing begin to erode. It’s akin to the Democrats waiting until it didn’t matter to dump a long-held Senate tradition that protected the minority party. . .right before they’re about to become the minority party.

  7. So basically, his complaint is that we’re letting all these islamic militant kidnap girls when, with our superior military tech, we could be the ones kidnapping them.

    1. “Don’t worry about it. They’re all tagged!”

    2. “Don’t worry about it. They’re all tagged!”

  8. If I knew where those grils were held, I’d go in too.

    Guns a-blazin’!

    1. Mongo only pawn in game of life.

      1. I’d leave Badluck Johnathan back in AZ though….

    2. And drones a-flyin’!

  9. I’ve decided McCain needs to be reinstated to active duty, NOW, and we ship his dumb, retarded, statist, colonialist white ass to Nigeria to show them furriners a thing or two.

    Try not to get captured, John…

  10. Crusty old statists like McCain love the idea of “Special Ops” because it makes them feel like they can just ‘declare war’ on any shit that rubs them wrong and press the Death Button on people halfway around the world, giving them a power-charge that reminds them of what it was like to have a boner. They don’t need any Casus Belli or congressional approval either = its just NAVY SEAL THAT SHIT WHOO HOO.

    That said = I don’t think JSOC by itself is something to hate on; just that dickheads like him love to wave their personal Video Game controller around and act like “CALL IN THE SEALS~!” is an option they always have available to them for whatever reason.

    Partly why I like that dude Bryan Suits is that he’s a military guy who has the kind of ‘common sense’ awareness of foreign policy issues that you find utterly lacking in the Political and Pundit class, who talk about shit like this in cartoon terms.

    1. It worked so well in Iran. What could go wrong?

      1. I don’t oppose use of US forces because I think there would be a disaster ; I don’t oppose use of US forces based on any particular principle of ‘nontervention’; I just think McCain is a douchebag who’d be cheerleading to Send In Some Guys regardless of whatever the situation was, because he’s a silly one-trick pony.

        I don’t think anything’s happening in any case because aint no way Obama’s going to risk a Blackhawk Down type situation in the next 6 months.

  11. McCain said he would have the right to act militarily under the United Nations charter, because he considers the kidnapping a “crime against humanity.”

    Well I consider stealing a candy bar a “crime against humanity.”

    WTF? The man is out of his tree.

    1. Let me see. Kidnapping 200+- girls is a crime against humanity. The fact that these guys slaughtered 300+ people last week is not apparently. Neither is the fact that the government security forces have been slaughtering people left and right also.

      He just wants a heroic mission to stroke over. Screw that shit.

      1. How much Cialis do you think he needs to take to masturbate these days?

  12. Obama- The worst American president since FDR…

    Thank Christ he was elected instead of McCain.

    1. I still say LBJ was worse.

  13. i side with libertarians on this one.

    I am an objector of war and i would rather that we not be interventionist.

    Nevertheless, being the father of two girls, had I’d been in Nigeria, ii’d probably would want team america to show up. Especially if one of those kidnapped girls was mine.

    1. Everybody wants mercenaries to show up as long as somebody else pays them.

      1. it is easy to hve the non-interventionist attitude when it is not one’s daughter being held by some savages.

        1. Good thing it’s not any of our daughters then, huh?

        2. Yes, but in your hypothetical you said you’d want Team America to show up, probably because Team Nigeria would have to be paid out of your own pocket.

  14. So McCain would invade Nigeria? Without, we must assume, a declaration of war?

    Jeebus. Ladies and Gentlemen, one of the leading lights of the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.

  15. McCain would nuke the world for a bad poker debt.
    Proportion? What’s that? Push the button and be done with it!

  16. I’m sure there would be no hard feelings or angered parents if the McCain unit’s actions led to a couple dozen or more of the girls being murdered before all the terrorists could be defeated? This ain’t tv. novels or the movies where none of the bad guys can shoot straight, provide perimeter security, or not engage in a an ego-boosting long conversation while the good guys wiggle out of the restraints and then slay four guys with a sharpened pencil.

    1. If we kill some of the kids, we blame it on the terrorists.

      If the parents don’t buy it, we kill them, because they’re terrorists.

      Repeat until no one’s angry anymore. /Derp.

  17. McCain, the Nigers don’t want you messing in their hood.

  18. Can this guy just retire already?

    His idiocy knows no bounds.

  19. For a guy who was a POW, he sure wants to go to war or engage in conflict in an instant. All of the hell he went through…it should have made him a peace loving non-interventionist.

    Instead, he morphed into a war mongering statist douchebag ready to sacrifice the lives of our brothers and sisters without any thought. The bogus Vietnam war should have made him an opponent against standing armies, and everything that is conflict and war.

    But nooooo, this POW became a giant POS. Fuck him, and if he wants to meddle in other places let him kick off his Ferragamo shoes, lace up some boots, grab a gun and go. If not, then fuck you and shut the fuck up!

    1. I’ve never understood why the people who claim to love and respect the military the most are the first ones to put them in harms way at the drop of a hat. Or why our foreign policy seems to be crafted by a bunch of assholes with Napoleon complex.

  20. Imagine all the things US armed forces might conceivably do, or might have conceivably done in the past, say, 200 yrs. Of all the things you imagined, did any of them involve use of force in a case where the good & bad guys were so clearly delineated as this? Not in mine. AFAICT, rescuing some hundreds of perfectly innocent children from perfectly innocent captors is more justified than defending the USA, because in the latter case there’d be some bad guys being defended and there might be some good motiv’n on the part of the attackers. So I can’t think of a better thing for anybody’s armed forces, anywhere in the universe, to do. Yeah, go for it.

  21. Last I heard the girls were for sale. Why not just buy them?

    1. LOL…wait, that makes sense.

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