In a possible sign of mission creep, the United States is flying manned aircraft as part of the search for the missing Nigerian girls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
The reconnaissance mission is being carried out by an MC-12, according to Fox News, a relatively slow moving surveillance aircraft. Let’s hope the pilot or pilots don’t end up in the bush.
The Obama administration is under growing pressure to get more involved. Sen. John McCain Tuesday was pounding the table for action:
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 the permission of the host country . . . I wouldn’t be waiting for some kind of permission from some guy named Goodluck Jonathan.
Others seem to be adding pressure in their own way:
This is a heartbreaking tragedy. But it’s a local, Nigerian tragedy that does not involve America or its national security interests. Not one U.S. serviceman or woman should be imperiled as part of any plan to rescue the girls. Nor should our battered prestige be put on the line again.
The director of Nigeria’s information agency said all options were being considered, including the possibility of a military operation with foreign help, Fox reported.
Gen. David Rodriguez, head of U.S. Africa Command, was in Nigeria’s capital Tuesday meeting with officials at the U.S. Embassy.
Who knows what we are actually planning to do?