May 28th, 2013
09:27 AM ET
5 years ago

How McCain's daughter found out her dad was in Syria

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain slipped into civil war-torn Syria Monday to meet with rebels battling Bashar al Assad's regime.

So how did his daughter Meghan learn about her father's visit?

On Twitter, of course.

Meanwhile, one of McCain's top allies on Capitol Hill, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, poked some fun at his friend.

Mouaz Moustafa, with the Washington-based Syrian Emergency Task Force that helped plan McCain's trip, said the Arizona Republican entered Syria through Turkey, and remained in the country for several hours.

While in Syria, McCain met with Gen. Salem Idris, the leader of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army. He spent about an hour meeting with Free Syrian Amry commanders from various parts of the country including Aleppo, Homs, and Idlib.

McCain is the leading voice in Congress for a greater U.S. role in ending Syria's civil war, which has been waged for more than two years. He has suggested establishing "safe zones" for Syria's rebels and taking out the regime's air assets, along with providing lethal weapons to Syria's opposition.

Filed under: John McCain • Syria
soundoff (366 Responses)
  1. Evergreen

    We have seen this movie too many times. It never ends well for the US. We are never seen as liberators...only invaders.

    May 28, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  2. PJ

    So, when did the President know? Or the State Department? Why did he go? Did he promise them something
    that he cannot deliver, and what does this do to the real negotiations going on? This guy is a "maverick"
    in the worst sense.

    May 28, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    and if Old Man McCain's plans to arm them leads to Al Queda or Hezbollah control of them, he'll be the first to blame Obama. Let the Europeans arm them and face the heat for once

    May 28, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. Moderate Sean

    In case you forgot your role Senator McCain, you were not elected President, so your power/influence is minimal at best, and unless you were authorized by the Obama Administration, quite fleeting. Man, this guy loves to stir the pot of war at times!

    May 28, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. Warren

    Hope he stays there.....

    May 28, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. lolo

    Here we go again. McCain doing some under handed tricks to start a war in Syria. These Republicans and Tea Party fools need to go over there themselves and fight if they want a war so bad. They need to take care of home first. Just ignorant I tell you, They must rake in big money when they start wars. I have no understanding why this party loves wars so much. It has to be the big pay-offs. Now the NRA can sell them guns undercover and make more money like they do now without background checks. Such hypocrits Just to think that if McCain were President we would be in a war right now. I shudder at the thought!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    May 28, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. Mack

    No more wars! If we can't afford to repair our infrastructure and feed our poor and elderly then we can't afford to go to war!

    May 28, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    And should he have been caught? That would have been a pain in the butt for every part of the American government because that would mean an attempt to rescue him (otherwise president would seem weak). The military because it isn't getting things to the rebels and able to secure all members of the government.

    The only thing she should not be proud of her father for doing that I am immediately aware of is chosing Sarah Palin as the VP on his ticket. That brought a person with no policy or government understanding to the national spot light. She continues to spout poorly articulated ideas and lies in some cases.

    May 28, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he's supposed to make these kinds of trips. Nothing surprising here. I'm not so enthused that he is over there pushing for U.S. intervention. In the CNN republican primary debate when the question about "What should be the U.S.' role in Syria be?" came up(which was my question, all those right wing nuts were for intervention without knowing all of the facts on the ground. God help us all if we ever have another republican president.

    May 28, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. GI Joe

    He's negotiating with terrorists !!!! Typical of the bottom of the Naval Class, that almost bankrupted the U.S. crashing jets.

    May 28, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. Karina

    Weapons meant for the rebels will go straight to the radicals and Syria will become an Islamic state with no tolerance towards any other religion , yes , and women will be faced to wear the veil again. What kind of progress would that be..???

    May 28, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. Joan

    This was a rash act of grandstanding and trying to upstage Secretary of State John Kerry's upcoming and important talks with Russia regarding this issue. It is kind of sad in a way. He seems to not have gotten over the fact that he lost in 2008. With his recent action, it is pretty obvious that the US would be in a lot more wars by now had he gotten in. This war in Syria is extremely complicated and there are probably many things going on that McCain is totally unaware of. Hopefully he has not thrown a wrench in ongoing negotiations.

    May 28, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. Bessy

    A mistake for him to be there. This man is nothing but a trouble maker. All he will do is make matters worse. All of these GOP members are great for wanting to start wars, but then they complain about the debt of managing one, and of course how it will be the presidents fault that it was even started in the first place .

    May 28, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. Jeezlouise

    McCain quit the race- I voted for him after he pulled out- Im angry- He clearly just gave up. Now I think he is just an old coward.

    May 28, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. ditch digger

    So he meets with the the 'moderate' rebels that have no real power to do anything, who are the public face of the rebels, because the ones with the real power in Syria are hardcore Islamist fundamentalists that no Western country would ever even think about giving them weapons of any type.

    May 28, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Sorry, Senator. You're an idiot for pulling stunt like this. You really have no clue who it is that you're dealing with. I recall that you pulled the same stunt in Benghazi, Libya. It would seem that your "allied rebels" from that visit that you wanted to arm turned out to be some of the same folks who later attacked the US compound in Benghazi. I think that you're demonstrating poor judgement, and short tem thinking for short term political gain.

    May 28, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. truth hurts but reaility bites

    Since Obama refuses to lead after setting the Middle East on fire and throwing almost all of our alies under the bus, it is good to see somebody step up and take the reigns of leadership. Obama is totally clueless with regards to Syria.

    May 28, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. Sniffit

    This is what happens when you leave the elderly unattended and they forget to take their meds for a couple days....they just wander off somewhere. Most of the time it's just into the woods out in back of the house or maybe the local grocery store, where some kind reports that they 've been in the soup aisle for 3 hours and the authorities help them get home, but I suppose the sky's the limit when you're a doddering old millionaire with 10 or so homes and delusions of relevance.

    May 28, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. Hamburger Jones

    McCain's a spoiled military brat. He'll never change. Thank you all for not electing him president!!

    May 28, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. Sniffit

    Nothing makes the GOP/Teatrolls more angry than the possibility that wartime contracts for weapons manufacturers might dry up.

    May 28, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. Troy

    "Hey guys, I heard there's war and conflict over here – mind if I join ya"?

    May 28, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. mattk

    Why the heck is someone who essentially has zero power in his own country meeting with rebel leaders? shouldn't it be John Kerry doing this and not a republican photo-op? Being on a senate committee doesn't really justify handling a super sensitive issue like this. That's what the executive branch should be doing imho

    May 28, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. kennyzales least she got the second syllable right.

    May 28, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. Rich

    Yeah. A tough guy that always chooses conflict as the means to resolve any dispute. Look at recent history. Every single case where bombing someone was a potential solution, he's suggested we take that option. If he had been elected president, we'd be fighting a half dozen wars at the same time.

    May 28, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. dike

    Go McCain go... in the literal sense... dont come back... Sarah you must follow the leader and US would be a better place to live if you dont come back.

    May 28, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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