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.

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soundoff (366 Responses)
  1. ALLuh

    Actually, he's an ole whistlin' tooth war mongering jackwagon, but I'm glad you like your Daddy.

    May 28, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Capt D

    The only answer to Syria is to send everyone who voted for the Obamoron over there, evacuate all the Isrealis to Florida, and nuke everything from Morocco to India, the Med to the Cape of Good Hope,... and call it a day. So many problems eliminated in one op,...

    May 28, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. ricardo1968

    He's a 'badass' on Syria, but still a 'pain in the ass' on the Benghazi issue. Let it go!

    May 28, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Bobby

    This man is an out of control psycho and needs to be kicked out of the Senate for this stunt.

    May 28, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Mike

    How come she can say badass, but my comments get bleeped if I say ass?

    May 28, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. GOPSux

    It'll be interesting to see how many right-wing chickenhawks sign up for this fight!

    May 28, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Norman

    no, hes just a gnarled old bigoted chipmunk-faced loser

    May 28, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. Anton Dubinsky

    Because after all American *needs* another war in the Middle East.

    May 28, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Kelli1122

    Well, she's half right – he's an ass

    May 28, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Jerry

    This is to Steve. No matter how you feel about the man, I can assure you that his stay in North Vietnam was anything close to VIP. You can rip the man for his polotics, but not his service. The man spent 51/2 years in a prison camp being beaten, tortured and isolated. I would like to see you last five minutes in that situation you jackwagon. I am no fain of McCain, but I deeply respect his military service and his sacrifice.

    May 28, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. michiganfan

    ...and you must know John McCain personally to make those character assessments? WHAT HE DID FOR HIS COUNTRY IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE RELEVANT!

    May 28, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Futureman1

    He's a badass w this nations sons ,daughters, and resources!

    May 28, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Frau Schmidt

    Thank God that clown is not the president of the US. That would be another war and another trillion dollars in debt. The man came twisted from Vietnam. What an idiot!

    May 28, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. Joop Kaashoek

    It is quite clear that the US meddles in other countries' affairs, the rebels were most likely on the CIA payroll from the start.

    May 28, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. BD70

    He may be a badass to you....but his brain is addled from too many wars. So now we have a badass maniac offshore where he shouldn't be hopknobbing with the rebels in Syria. Wonderful.

    May 28, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. boyamidumb

    Used to be a bad a s, he gave away the rights to our respect when he decided he wanted to be president more than standing by his beliefs. Palin ...... ROTFL. Another man brought down by an ambitious woman – but he didn't even get laid. Just got f k ed.

    May 28, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Matt

    John McCain is a badass. Not for what he's doing today but for what he's done for our country. Remember, he was a POW.

    However, these days he's more than happy to sacrafice American service members lives in the quest for El Dorado, I presume, since I can't see any reason he'd want us to have boots on the ground in every major/minor conflict on the planet.

    Yeah John, let's arm the rebels. Great plan. That worked out great in 1949 in Syria, 1953 in Iran, '70's Argentina, 1979 Afganistan, '80's in Iran and Nicaragua, etc.

    "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

    May 28, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. saxelson

    Who paid for this "Bad Ass" trip? Taxpayers?

    May 28, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. boyamidumb

    Not a bad a s any more. Gave up the right to our respect when he decided he wanted to be president more than stick by his beliefs. Another politician destroyed by an ambitious woman – this time he didn't even get laid – just got f k ed.

    Now he's making more mistakes every day.

    Time to go home Johnny. Very sad.

    May 28, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. michiganfan

    Moustafa of the Syrian Emergency Task Force called McCain's visit "an incredibly important trip and trips like this need to happen more frequently.

    "It was very important because one of the biggest arguments against supporting the opposition is not knowing who they are. So being able to sit face-to face with these commanders brings a much higher level of confidence in who they are," he said.

    The U.N. estimates that more than 70,000 Syrians have been killed since anti-government protests in March 2011 led to a fierce government crackdown, an armed uprising and a bloody civil war. The war has uprooted a quarter of the country's 22 million civilians.

    Republicans and Democrats alike have called on President Barack Obama to ramp up support for Syrian rebels, who now receive nonlethal aid like food and medicine from the United States. In early April that aid was stepped up to include equipment such as body armor, night vision goggles and other military equipment that is considered defensive in nature.

    May 28, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Ol' Yeller

    If this were Democratic Senator who met with rebel leaders in a foreign country during a Republican administration, you can bet there would shouts of treason and high crimes. Issa would be investigating. All the teabaggers would be wringing their hands and crying and wailing and pointing and...

    May 28, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. Pushover

    he is an idiot

    May 28, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. becky

    Interesting that he is shown without any other politicians. Will this one trip give him all the information he needs before we join them in any struggle. We have been burned before when those we thought wanted us to sign on during a civil struggle did not turn out to be loyal.

    Four ears are better than to and 8 eyes would have been better. Yes, it was brave of him to go but he should have had a clear understanding about the actions we would be willing to take. Will we be setting ourselves up for more retaliation? We really do need more information.

    May 28, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. derek wszelaki

    Is this country going nuts? McCain broke so many laws and endangered US personnel that had to accompany him just to have his name in the news! How would we feel if Raul Castro was visiting his cousins in Miami ?And what was accomplished? Absolutely nothing>

    May 28, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. Mike

    Shouldn't this be illegal?

    May 28, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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