McCain: Let’s send U.S. Special Forces into Nigeria to rescue the kidnapped girls

posted at 6:01 pm on May 13, 2014 by Allahpundit

And if the Nigerian government refuses? Screw ‘em, says Maverick. We’re going in anyway.

Hashtaggers to the left of me, ultra-hawks to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

“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 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…

McCain said that if he were the American president, he would already be doing several things to respond to the kidnapping of the over 200 girls by the Nigerian terrorist group that the Obama administration has so far declined to do. Those measures include prepositioning U.S. special forces to be ready to enter Nigeria and rescue the girls if the opportunity arose. He said that the United Nations charter authorized military intervention on behalf of the girls because their abduction rose to the level of “crimes against humanity.”…

Crimes against humanity, as defined by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Explanatory Memorandum, “are particularly odious offenses in that they constitute a serious attack on human dignity or grave humiliation or a degradation of human beings.”…

“I would not be involved in the niceties of getting the Nigerian government to agree, because if we did rescue these people, there would be nothing but gratitude from the Nigerian government, such as it is,” he said.

So McCain’s now fully embracing the “Uncle Sam, world cop” vision, huh? Intervention anywhere, with or without the governing regime’s permission, with or without any compelling U.S. national-security interest at stake, with no authorization needed beyond the assertion that a crime against humanity is taking place. (Somewhere right now, Putin’s conferring with his inner circle about “crimes against humanity” being committed against ethnic Russians in Kiev.) I’m tempted to ask whether he’d at least require the president to get an AUMF from Congress, but we all know the answer — of course not. That would only impede the mission. In a sense, all he’s doing here is extending the drone philosophy a few steps further: If we can blow up Boko Haram from the sky with the permission of the Nigerian government, we shouldn’t let the regime’s cowardice or corruption stop us from blowing them up without permission. And if we can blow them up without permission, why couldn’t we blow them up from the ground by sending in U.S. troops with grenades? We did it to Bin Laden, after all. QED. There’s no limiting principle on this theory of intervention that I can see except for McCain’s own personal understanding of what constitutes a “crime against humanity.” Which, I’m gonna go ahead and guess, is broad.

Serious question: By Maverick’s logic, shouldn’t we send an American army into Syria? There are lots of crimes against humanity happening there so there’s no need to wait for a formal UN resolution to act. The only difference between attacking Assad and attacking Boko Haram is the certainty of many more U.S. casualties in the former scenario, but if McCain’s willing to see a few Americans die to free several hundred Nigerian schoolgirls, I’m not sure why he wouldn’t be willing to see a few thousand die to protect hundreds of thousands of endangered Syrian Sunnis. While we’re at it, we might as well send troops into Sudan and Congo too, where there are crimes against humanity happening every day. Invade everywhere. See now why Rand Paul has a chance in 2016?


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Johnny Macs logic is found wanting.

Bmore on May 13, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Am I supposed to say Bishop here?

Tard on May 13, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Am I supposed to say Bishop here?

Tard on May 13, 2014 at 6:05 PM

No. Unless you like cement galoshes.

Bmore on May 13, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Am I supposed to say Bishop here?

Tard on May 13, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Um, no.

KCB on May 13, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Send Teresa in

TexasJew on May 13, 2014 at 6:07 PM

NO … not our problem … we are NOT the world’s policemen …
NO NO NO …

IF we have intel on where they are … give it to their Gov’t
but that is all ….
McStain needs to go home and shut up ,,,
AZ you can do better then this ….

conservative tarheel on May 13, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Let’s send Kerry, McCain and Graham on a fact finding mission to the Nigerian bush.

Wigglesworth on May 13, 2014 at 6:07 PM

You don’t need special forces to get those girls, a well trained Army or Marine rifle company can do the job. There are a lot of girls here and probably a lot of those Boko thugs, need more than a special forces team to get them out in my opinion. Either way we need to kill a bunch of Boko…

major dad on May 13, 2014 at 6:08 PM

We need bigger, more powerful hashtags.

Cicero43 on May 13, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Regarding Syria we do not need to send any of our troops there to topple Assad… One week of cruise missiles strikes to destroy Assad air force, his control and command buildings, and some of his government defense/intelligence building and he is finished…

mnjg on May 13, 2014 at 6:09 PM

If Rand were to run on FP I feel certain he would lose. Both he and McCain sound like the extreme ends of a feather.

Bmore on May 13, 2014 at 6:10 PM

No, thanks.

Until you in the Senate, indeed, all of Congress get your acts together and either decide to address modern piracy or give up to them, just keep your nice ideas to yourselves.

ajacksonian on May 13, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Let’s send John McCain and his family into Nigeria to rescue those girls.

jbspry on May 13, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Why don’t the Brits end in SAS?

gwelf on May 13, 2014 at 6:12 PM

I used to scoff at the idea that McCain would just start war after war. I think they were right. every problem looks the same to him.

El_Terrible on May 13, 2014 at 6:13 PM

McCain: I wish I knew how to quit your azz..

melle1228 on May 13, 2014 at 6:13 PM

“Stand with me! Fight with me for America!”…”Build the damn fence!”

“Is the election over?..I won?….well then, screw those wacko birds”

Mimzey on May 13, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Many of those girls will be sold into sexual slavery, and that will provide lots and lots of profits to the Boko Haram.

DevilishSoda on May 13, 2014 at 6:14 PM

I think this situation is a bit different than Syria, that is a civil war, not our business. This kidnapping is more a pure terrorist action and its kids. If not direct action on the ground then maybe something from the air or V-22s for an insertion of Nigerian troops.

major dad on May 13, 2014 at 6:16 PM

I sure wish this senile old scumbag was president.

Armin Tamzarian on May 13, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Has McCain ever seen an invasion he wouldn’t do?

ConstantineXI on May 13, 2014 at 6:18 PM

“And if the Nigerian government refuses? Screw ‘em, says Maverick. We’re going in anyway.”

Hmmm. Someone should have said this to Dear Leader a few years ago. Just substitute Libya for Nigeria.

NavyMustang on May 13, 2014 at 6:18 PM

It would be pretty bloody. But maverick has been civilian too long to understand Spec Ops for this kind of action. It is more than search and rescue.

jake49 on May 13, 2014 at 6:19 PM

So McCain’s now fully embracing the “Uncle Sam, world cop” vision, huh? Intervention anywhere, with or without the governing regime’s permission, with or without any compelling U.S. national-security interest at stake, with no authorization needed beyond the assertion that a crime against humanity is taking place.

McCain does embrace a vision of the US as world cop. A sort of extra- jurisdictional UN Peace Keeping Force with nukes patrolling the world endlessly stopping ‘bad actors’ where we find them. It’s so easy for him to write checks on American blood and treasure, particularly since none of the blood and very little of the treasure spent would be his own.

Note how he hedges his ‘cry havoc’ with “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,”

Maybe it’s best we just keep Uncle John sitting in the parlor when military intelligence reports are handed out.

thatsafactjack on May 13, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Am I supposed to say Bishop here?

Tard on May 13, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Umm no, there can be only one..

Just like the highlander..

melle1228 on May 13, 2014 at 6:20 PM

“I wouldn’t be waiting for some kind of permission from some guy named Goodluck Jonathan,”

Well there you go – McLame diplomacy.

Hill60 on May 13, 2014 at 6:21 PM

“I wouldn’t be waiting for some kind of permission from some guy named Goodluck Jonathan,”

Wouldn’t be Johnny Mac without dickish jingoistic snark.

KingGold on May 13, 2014 at 6:22 PM

It’s horrible what those terrorists have done, but I don’t see where it’s our place to go in guns blazing. Isn’t there an African Union? Isn’t there a United Nations?

Of course, that IS better than the dumb hashtag slacktivism, as if you can publicly shame people like that.

changer1701 on May 13, 2014 at 6:22 PM

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 Tuesday.

Allahpundit seems to have missed the opening clause of McCain’s remarks.

“I wouldn’t be waiting for some kind of permission from some guy named Goodluck Jonathan,” he added, referring to the president of Nigeria…

Not very statesmanlike, Mr McCain.
Most cultures are very different from yours, sir.
In Nigeria, that would be considered a normal, fine name.

itsnotaboutme on May 13, 2014 at 6:22 PM

I want this girls to go back to their parents and I think we should help with intelligence but McCain ‘s idea is freaking insane.

If we start rescuing hostages all over the world no matter out interest we are in deep Sh!t.

You may not love Obama but deep down McCain voters must realize that an Obama win in 2008 was a blessing in disguise.

coolrepublica on May 13, 2014 at 6:23 PM

We shouldn’t be going in without the Nigerian government’s authorization, but if they ask for help… yeah, I’d be all for giving it. Because it IS in our best interest to let these terrorist groups know that if their behavior is heinous enough, they might come down with a bad case of deadness.

McCain sounds senile at this point.

Murf76 on May 13, 2014 at 6:23 PM

thatsafactjack on May 13, 2014 at 6:19 PM

I believe that McCain’s son served in Iraq…

mnjg on May 13, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Hashtaggers to the left of me, ultra-hawks to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

Well, I gotta admit – I am torn. And that really hurts where it counts.

I am so tired of acting like the World’s policeman, with allies whose spines need some serious work. But I suppose, if there were any reason to do it, this would be a good one. This is the ultimate slime done in the guise of Islamism. My god.

ConstantineXI on May 13, 2014 at 6:18 PM

You are right – and so, my knee jerk reaction is to oppose if for no other reason than Maverick (my former senator, sorry to say) said so. So surely, stuck in the middle, very perplexed. And concerned.

Chuck Ef on May 13, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Oh Good Lord!

I’m not an idiot that supports the Paul family brand of isolationism but is there a situation where McCain isn’t calling for invasion?

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Shouldn’t Nigerians be expected to take care of this themselves? I cannot imagine that an entire nation cannot take out a small cell of lunatics.

astonerii on May 13, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Then maybe it’s a good thing you aren’t president. As emotional an issue as it is it has nothing to do with us. We can express our disapproval but that means nothing since we have a weakling for a president.

And let’s send in special forces and tell the bad guys we’re going to do it.

crankyoldlady on May 13, 2014 at 6:25 PM

You may not love Obama but deep down McCain voters must realize that an Obama win in 2008 was a blessing in disguise.

coolrepublica on May 13, 2014 at 6:23 PM

um…no, you have to forgo a whole lot of reality to get to that conclusion bub

DanMan on May 13, 2014 at 6:26 PM

I have a better idea.
Rather than putting SEALs and Green Berets in harm’s way, how about dropping this one on the UN’s doorstep and Strongly encouraging Them to handle it?

After all, what are we paying (and, Yes, We Are Paying) these people for?

TimBuk3 on May 13, 2014 at 6:28 PM

He never met a war he didn’t like.

Better Obama in the Oval office than this lunatic.

Skipity on May 13, 2014 at 6:28 PM

We need bigger, more powerful hashtags.

Cicero43 on May 13, 2014 at 6:09 PM

LOL

I wouldn’t be waiting for some kind of permission from some guy named Goodluck Jonathan,” he added, referring to the president of Nigeria…

If that is true, why is McCain still here?

He ought to be halfway to Africa by now

entagor on May 13, 2014 at 6:29 PM

DanMan on May 13, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Simply remarkable isn’t it? ; )

Bmore on May 13, 2014 at 6:29 PM

I’ve got a better idea. You go and take your friend Hilda-beast with you who doesn’t think these cretins are terrorists.

Jayrae on May 13, 2014 at 6:30 PM

I wouldn’t be waiting for some kind of permission from some guy named Goodluck Jonathan

To quote Goose in Top Gun:

You live your life between your legs, Mav

Now to be fair, I do think the problem is between his ears.

JusDreamin on May 13, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Just retire, Mav.

vityas on May 13, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Has the State Department classified Boko Haram as a terrorist organization? No?

/Carry on then

Key West Reader on May 13, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Regarding Syria we do not need to send any of our troops there to topple Assad… One week of cruise missiles strikes to destroy Assad air force, his control and command buildings, and some of his government defense/intelligence building and he is finished…

mnjg on May 13, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Great idea. Then Al Qaeda can take over and set up a radical Islamic Republic that can persecute Christians and other non-Muslims. If you think Assad is the biggest problem in Syria, you’re no smarter than McInsane.

bw222 on May 13, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Good Lord, Juan, shut up! Just shut UP!

ExpressoBold on May 13, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Seems to me that the greater crimes against Humanity, aka, American People, originate from DC. I suggest we send in about two Marines to clean out that pestilential hole. That will be all it should take.

vnvet on May 13, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Europe hated us for being “international cowboys” for the last ten years.

Let THEM step up to the plate. I hope they have ammunition in stock.

blatantblue on May 13, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Hashtag Warriors of the World Unite…

oscarwilde on May 13, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Nigeria
1h
US officials confirm Global Hawk reconnaissance drone flew mission over Nigeria today; can stay over an area for as long as 24 hours – @WilliamsJon
see original on twitter.com
============================

Nigeria
6h
AFRICOM Commander General David Rodriguez, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall are in Nigeria working to find missing girls, senior State Department official tells @NBCNews
End of alert

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:37 PM

I’ve got a better idea. You go and take your friend Hilda-beast with you who doesn’t think these cretins are terrorists.

Jayrae on May 13, 2014 at 6:30 PM

To be fair to Hillary, she thought they said “Procol Harum” and said “I’ve always like their music. They’re not terrorists.”

Bitter Clinger on May 13, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Go home John, you are drunk …again.

The US has no reason to be there, and no American blood should be spilled to back up Michele’s grandstanding hashtag campaign.

Irritable Pundit on May 13, 2014 at 6:37 PM

I’m beginning to wonder if there is anyone in this country qualified to be president.

crankyoldlady on May 13, 2014 at 6:38 PM

The level of disrespect to a sovereign nation in Mav’s comment are just mind-boggling.

Apparently his filters are completely off. How clearly he shows his absolute disqualification for any national political office- Thank God he did not attain the highest one.

Dolce Far Niente on May 13, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Unfortunately McCain fails to identify the source of this terrorism: radical Islam.

Say it, John.

onlineanalyst on May 13, 2014 at 6:40 PM

DOD Assists Nigerian Kidnapping Search With Fixed-wing Aircraft
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By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
American Forces Press Service
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WASHINGTON, May 13, 2014 – The Defense Department began fixed-wing intelligence flights late yesterday to assist the Nigerian government in finding more than 200 kidnapped young women, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said here today.

The extremist group Boko Haram abducted the young women from the Government Secondary Boarding School in Chibok, Nigeria, on the night of April 14.

“As we’ve said previously, we’ll bring all our assets to bear to assist the Nigerian government,” Warren said.

Warren also noted that Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general of U.S. Africa Command, traveled to Nigeria yesterday.

“This trip was planned prior to Africom military personnel being sent to Nigeria to assist in the State Department-led interdisciplinary team,” Warren said. He met with Undersecretary of State Sara Sewall and U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria James Entwistle, along with senior Nigerian civilian and military officials, he added, “to discuss our important long-term partnership with Nigeria and ensured continued cooperation in advancing peace and security in the region.”

This announcement follows an announcement yesterday that 16 military personnel from Africom had joined the State Department-led interdisciplinary team at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria.

Warren said there are no plans to send additional U.S. military personnel, including Special Forces operators, and noted intelligence-sharing protocols are being developed with Nigerian officials.

“Any time we deal with intelligence, it’s exceptionally sensitive,” he said. “So we need to be sure that whoever we’re sharing this intelligence with will handle this intelligence material appropriately in accordance with all of our requirements for the protection of information.”

The colonel also said DOD is coordinating closely with allies, partners and other nations, primarily through the State Department.

(Follow Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Marshall on Twitter: @MarshallAFPS)

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122243

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Apparently his filters are completely off. How clearly he shows his absolute disqualification for any national political office- Thank God he did not attain the highest one.

Dolce Far Niente on May 13, 2014 at 6:39 PM

In 2008 the GOP establishment managed to nominate the only Republican who would have been a bigger disaster than Obama.

bw222 on May 13, 2014 at 6:42 PM

There are hundreds of thousands of American children that are missing. Many are dead, but some are alive in situations like Elizabeth Smart or those girls in Cleveland. About 1 in 7 end up in some form of sexual exploitation. So we are going to send our military into some God-forsaken hell hole to look for some foreign kids. Why doesn’t the government of Nigeria govern Nigeria instead?

Ted Torgerson on May 13, 2014 at 6:43 PM

https://twitter.com/APDiploWriter

Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · May 12

The US is “flying manned ISR assets over #Nigeria with the government’s permission,” senior admin official says. #BringBackOurGirls

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Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · May 12

US also sharing commercial satellite imagery with #Nigeria in search for schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram, per US official.

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Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · May 12

US flying manned intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance missions over #Nigeria in support of Boko Haram operation, per US official.

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Well if Mccain feels that strongly about it he can hire a PMC team

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_military_contractor

to go in and get them. Sure it will cost him millions of his own (or I should say his wife’s) money but just imagine how good about himself he will feel. 8-)

Plus that will be good for a whole season on the Sunday talk shows no matter what the subject.

warren on May 13, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Please tell me he is not thinking about running for President again, cause he sure sounds like it.

Johnnyreb on May 13, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 4h

On Boko Haram, @PressSec says it’s US policy “to deny kidnappers the benefits of their criminals acts” including “ransoms or concesssions.”
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On Syria, @presssec says Pres Obama may drop by WH meeting today between @AmbassadorRice and Syrian opposition leaders.

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canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:48 PM

If American citizens are kidnapped, yes, we should send in Special Forces and don’t ask permission. If Nigerians kidnap Nigerians, call the Nigerian equivalent of 9-11..

Tim Zank on May 13, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Has anybody heard what the worldwide Muslim community is doing to help these girls?

Sure seems like international pressure from their own religious community would be the most effective way to convince the Boko Haram thugs to send the girls back to their families.

wren on May 13, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Shouldn’t the “good” Muslims be handling this?

katiejane on May 13, 2014 at 6:52 PM

US AFRICOM @USAfricaCommand · 13h

Learn more about the US Africa Command role in Department of State-led support effort in Nigeria http://bit.ly/1lgEgYh #bringbackourgirls

https://twitter.com/USAfricaCommand

http://www.africom.mil/

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Shouldn’t the “good” Muslims be handling this?

katiejane on May 13, 2014 at 6:52 PM

katiejane: Good point, buts,

I haven’t seen any SaintlyIslamicJihadyTerroristGoons
that would treat *Women”,..better than their Goats/Sheep!!
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canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:56 PM

…hundreds of thousands of endangered Syrian Sunnis.

lolerz.

If only they were “endangered.”

The kidnapped and raped Nigerian girls are Christians who did nothing.

“Endagered Sunnis” are simply more Muslim scum who if not getting wasted in Syria would be busy kidnapping and raping Christian girls. See the difference AP? Do I need to diagram this?

WhatSlushfund on May 13, 2014 at 6:57 PM

No US SF Troops to Nigeria to Find Missing Girls
May 12, 2014 | by Richard Sisk

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Sunday ruled out sending Special Forces to Nigeria in the hunt for the kidnapped schoolgirls.

“I think you look at everything,” Hagel said when asked about the possible dispatch of special operators. “But there’s no intention, at this point, to be putting any American boots on the ground there.”

Finding and rescuing more than 200 girls aged 16-18 who were abducted on April 14 by the Boko Haram terror group will be difficult, Hagel said on ABC’s “This Week” program.

“It’s a vast country,” Hagel said. “But we’re going to bring to bear every asset we can possibly use to help the Nigerian government.”

Eight troops from U.S. Africa Command have arrived in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, to join an inter-agency team working out of the U.S. Embassy to assist the Nigerian forces with intelligence, communications and logistics in the search for the girls, Pentagon officials said.
(More…………..)
====================

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/05/12/no-us-sf-troops-to-nigeria-to-find-missing-girls.html?comp=7000023435630&rank=4

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Has anybody heard what the worldwide Muslim community is doing to help these girls?

wren on May 13, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Bidding on their new slaves, it is the Muslim way you know.

oscarwilde on May 13, 2014 at 7:11 PM

We need bigger, more powerful hashtags.

Cicero43 on May 13, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Yep, a MOAH.
Mother Of All Bombs Hashtags

Brat on May 13, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Rescuing those girls sounds like a Ranger job.

Improving the Nigerian Army so this doesn’t happen again would be a Special Forces job.

Wiping out Boko Haram sounds more like an Airborne or Marine thing.

It’s a little worrisome McCain doesn’t seem to know the difference.

formwiz on May 13, 2014 at 7:14 PM

I’ve been becoming much more of a noninterventionist since I figured out our State Department is congenitally incapable of resisting the urge to nation build, and especially in cases of Islam on Islam violence I think we need a serious, direct national interest to warrant intervention, but in this particular case I’d be for giving the terrorists the McCain treatment and then some.

What’s the difference here? These are Christian girls, and they were grabbed by Muslims because they are Christian.

Muslims waging holy war against Christians, and especially against little girl Christians, need to be wiped from the face of the planet. Every Muslim needs to understand they need to leave this kind of behavior back in the seventh century or they will be killed.

McCain finally has one right.

fadetogray on May 13, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Shouldn’t the “good” Muslims be handling this?

katiejane on May 13, 2014 at 6:52 PM

CAIR is strangely silent. Not that CAIR is comprised of “good” Muslims.

bw222 on May 13, 2014 at 7:18 PM

seems awful willing to send troops into harms way doesn’t he?

dmacleo on May 13, 2014 at 7:18 PM

“We are all Georgians now”

“Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran…”

Would we still be here if he’d won in 2008?

WestVirginiaRebel on May 13, 2014 at 7:19 PM

See now why Rand Paul has a chance in 2016?

If this was the only ‘issue’ with Rand then it would be a non-issue for his being elected.

Ukiah on May 13, 2014 at 7:19 PM

The real question concerning the use of any US forces anywhere is “Can it be done in three weeks?” Because after three weeks, Washington loses interest.

“Ohh… butterfly!”

PersonFromPorlock on May 13, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Central African Republic unrest
6m
White House: Obama issues sanctions on 5 officials in Central African Republic after escalating violence, human rights abuses – @Reuters
End of alert

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 7:21 PM

At this point, what damn difference does it make anyway?

The U.S. is currently in pussified status and isn’t going to do squat for anyone or anything that doesn’t raise taxes and auto-amnestify illegals.

Not to mention, the U.S. is no longer in possession of its portion of the space station. We’re now just the pussified clowns of the universe.

Willys on May 13, 2014 at 7:23 PM

I mean, damn… Sandra Fluks and PJ boy both have bigger balls than the current Administration.

Willys on May 13, 2014 at 7:24 PM

You go right ahead, John. Don’t hurry back.

Shay on May 13, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Anybody rescue this guy yet? We need to go get him before we trot off to Nigeria.

Oldnuke on May 13, 2014 at 7:28 PM

“I wouldn’t be waiting for some kind of permission from some guy named Goodluck Jonathan,” he added, referring to the president of Nigeria…

This is what passes for American statesmanship these days?

Cleombrotus on May 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM

We’re now just the pussified clowns of the universe.

Willys on May 13, 2014 at 7:23 PM

That’s what happens when over half your voters are stupid enough to elect someone whose sole qualification is the color of his skin to be president. It would seem that our chickens are coming home to roost.

Oldnuke on May 13, 2014 at 7:32 PM

VIDEO: Nigerian girl recalls her abduction by Boko Haram: http://apne.ws/QGgM6s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAwFR0tt0B4&feature=youtu.be

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 7:45 PM

WhoEVER goes in, God bless them, I hope they realize this President isn’t big on rescue missions if sh*t goes south.

To quote the Reverend after Sheriff Bart rides into Rock Ridge:

“Son? You’re on your own.”

tree hugging sister on May 13, 2014 at 7:46 PM

The Penguin would do well not to underestimate the power of the hashtag

Brock Robamney on May 13, 2014 at 7:50 PM

“I wouldn’t be waiting for some kind of permission from some guy named Goodluck Jonathan,” he added, referring to the president of Nigeria…

This is what passes for American statesmanship these days?

Cleombrotus on May 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Yeah, that was pretty funny. Even when he’s right, McCain is always good for big “WTF?”

fadetogray on May 13, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Did you hear? Someone in Albania didn’t separate their paper and plastics on recycle day.

Let’s send in the special forces to get that straightened out.

Ruckus_Tom on May 13, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Let this serve as a lesson that these cowardly groups need to be dealt with severely BEFORE they have a chance to pull these kinds of jobs off. Lets make a list of these punks, and rain hell on them now. Hillary should have deemed them a terrorist group when she had the chance. Increases the chance that this might not have ever happened. In this insane world we have to act first.
We are the worlds policeman, like it or not.

redshirt on May 13, 2014 at 7:58 PM

I used to scoff at the idea that McCain would just start war after war. I think they were right. every problem looks the same to him.

El_Terrible on May 13, 2014 at 6:13 PM

That’s how it looks to me too.

David Blue on May 13, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Is it just me, or does John McCain make s special effort to insert himself into all the newsworthy topics? I respect his past, but everything he’s done since 2006 has been cringe worthy.

BettyRuth on May 13, 2014 at 7:59 PM

My money’s on Putin.

Shows up on Horseback with a rifle and handgun. Demands to meet the Boko Haram boss. Girls handed over.

Honestly, it does fit his current push to protect Christians.

budfox on May 13, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Did you hear? Someone in Albania didn’t separate their paper and plastics on recycle day.

Let’s send in the special forces to get that straightened out.

Ruckus_Tom on May 13, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Remember the plight of the Tibetans! What we need is a land war in Asia.

David Blue on May 13, 2014 at 8:06 PM

I’m beginning to wonder if there is anyone in this country qualified to be president.
crankyoldlady on May 13, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Does seem like we’ve turned some kind of a corner, doesn’t it?

Cleombrotus on May 13, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Just send in Meghan for a week and the terrorists will be running for the hills.

RickB on May 13, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Just retire, Mav.

vityas on May 13, 2014 at 6:33 PM

We should be so lucky.

But we won’t.

AZCoyote on May 13, 2014 at 8:18 PM

The level of disrespect to a sovereign nation in Mav’s comment are just mind-boggling.

Apparently his filters are completely off. How clearly he shows his absolute disqualification for any national political office- Thank God he did not attain the highest one.

Dolce Far Niente on May 13, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Well…McCain would have been much better than the one he was running against.
At least McCain is right half of the time (it used to be 3/4).
Obama? About 1%.

itsnotaboutme on May 13, 2014 at 8:26 PM

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