Given our long and sordid history in interfering in other countries’ affairs, it’s no wonder that the US has a reputation for caring little about the issue of sovereignty (as long as it’s not ours we are talking about). Here to solidify this reputation is one of the dumbest quotes I’ve heard from a politician, and that of course is really saying something.
The politician in question is John McCain and the issue is the truly horrible affair of the kidnapped girls in Nigeria. I understand wanting to help Nigeria to find the girls, but McCain is instead saying that the US should send in special forces to rescue them, even if the Nigerian government refuses. He makes sure to throw in some condescending ridicule of the President’s name too for good measure.
“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. I wouldn’t be waiting for some kind of permission from some guy named Goodluck Jonathan.”
And just to make sure everyone is clear on what he’s saying, here he is again: “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.”
What about Nigeria’s sovereignty? “McCain said that Washington should not worry if the Nigerian government wanted U.S. forces to enter Nigeria and rescue the girls because [the state of] Abuja would be happy with the outcome.” Well, that sounds like reason enough then. Let’s do this thing.