May 28th, 2013
09:27 AM ET
2 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. Sniffit

    "Most people like to take care of their own problems, and resent others sticking their noses in where they are not welcome."

    Well, let's not be naïve here. These guys would absolutely love it if we gave them a crapton of weaponry and paid for it ourselves by handing billions of dollars to gun and weapon manufacturers in the US...all while demanding that Medicare and SS and social assistance be reduced or destroyed for the poor, elderly, disabled, veterans, etc. These rebels could then show the same appreciation for it that the Taliban showed after Reagan gave them tons of weapons so we could help them get the USSR out of Afghanistan. Because, you know, we bought oh so much of their long-lasting loyalty and good will when we did that.

    May 28, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. Sniffit

    This article probably should've been preceded by an article entitled "How to Give a Crap about How McCain's daughter found out her dad was in Syria."

    May 28, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. KR

    I hope he never returns, but if he does, he should be fired.

    May 28, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Jack- NYC

    He IS a badass, say whatever you want about his politics but there is no denying that and what he has done for our country.

    May 28, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. John

    Are you proud of your father for making other decisions like choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate?

    May 28, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. GOP witch hunt is not over yet

    McCain did fight in Vietnam, yes, but he tore up more fighter jets state side than any other pilot of that era, so we had the Vietcong capture him to save the airforce their jet fighters.

    May 28, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. sharon

    Unless McCain was authorized to speak to the rebels by the government, let's hope the rebels did not take anything he said as binding the US to any sort of aid. If he went on his own, the military/state/justice departments need to look into this.

    May 28, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. birdyboy

    Meghan forgot to drop the word "Bad" from her tweet.

    May 28, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Anonymous

    McCain is an enemy combatant towards the US constitution..Let's see Meghan join the Army!!

    May 28, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. dirge13

    Hey Meghan, how much did this "badass" stunt cost us, the taxpayers, while our infrastructure rots out from underneath us? Please explain to the humble masses exactly what is the end-game here in your next tweet. Why don't you volunteer to hand deliver the first shipment of weapons to these "rebels". Time to click those heels and come on home Dorothy.

    May 28, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. Wake up People!

    @asdrel.
    I know he was in the military. That doesn't automatically make one a hero, especially after crashing military jets. My point was, I bet he played war a lot as a child since he wants America to go to war with everyone.

    Also I am getting sick of his hideous, pasty mug.

    May 28, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. g

    Robert Palmer wrote:
    McCain needed to "sneak" into Oklahoma instead!

    May 28, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am
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    I agree. Take care of home first!

    May 28, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. truth hurts but reality bites

    Bob
    So, instead of calling for more support from the floor of the Senate, McCain, who I have tons of respect for, spends thousands upon thousands of taxpayer dollars just to sit in the face of the rebels for a few hours, all at unecessary risk to himself, the rebels, and the American security team members providing him security.....??? Why? Smacks of grandstanding and ego.
    ----

    Talk is cheap as we have seen with Obama. McCain is trying to develop contacts and relationships, something Obama knows nothing about. The reason there are terrorists now fighting in Syria is because they filled the vacuum left by Obama's dithering and leading from way, way, wayyyyyy behind. It may to late to salvage Syria now because of that but McCain is trying.

    Had Obama done ANYTHING over the last two years, Assad would have been gone. Now you have the Russians saying they are going to ship new air defense systems to Syria. Now why would Obama's buddy Putin be doing that especially after that knee slap and all the flexibility Obama now has after the election?

    The Russians have played Obama like a fiddle and for the fool he is.

    May 28, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. The truth

    McCain is a use-to-be that needs to fade into the darkness. Go away please?

    May 28, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. MagicPanties

    McCain is hypocrite and will say/do anything to get elected.

    May 28, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. dirge13

    Hey Meghan, how much did this "bad*ss" stunt cost us, the taxpayers, while our infrastructure rots out from underneath us? Please explain to the humble masses exactly what is the end-game here in your next tweet. Why don't you volunteer to hand deliver the first shipment of weapons to these "rebels". Time to click those heels and come on home Dorothy.

    May 28, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. PJ

    @just askin:

    If that's the best you can say, quit "askin"

    May 28, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. Robert Johnson

    If John McCain was such a "badass" then why is he sneaking in anywhere? Why not go in through the front door?

    Otherwise, why doesn't he "sneak" in to Baghdad and stop the last war he started. Seems to me the worlds largest embassy that he and his political party build should be able to accomodate him for a few weeks or years; do what it takes man – unless, of course, he needs to grow a pair first...

    May 28, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. dick Delson

    this man could have been President, but he chose one of the dumbest women ever to be his VP running mate. The first time she opened her mouth, it was over for him

    May 28, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. SoSad

    This is news?

    May 28, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. RCM

    Megham dad is an old has-been.

    May 28, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. SoSad

    "truth hurts but reality bites" I see, so now its President Obama fault. You and the rest of us, do not know what's really going on, but I'am sure that we will find out in the months to come. Quick to respond right, just wait.

    May 28, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    You know Meghan. Out of respect for your love for your father, I'm going to give your comments a pass. I'll just say that where your father is concerned, you and a have a very huge disagreement factor.

    I agree with those who state McCain needs to mind his own business. He has been in and out of these areas for years now.

    My question is why.

    May 28, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    Leave it to CNN to quote Meghan McCain and not allow comments quoting Meghan McCain's direct quote.

    May 28, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  25. OPIE

    Loyalty purchased, is investing in future conflict. When a country, or the people of that country have the illusion that loyalty and allies can be bought and sold like any other commodity, they've got trouble coming. It only takes this mentality to set up a system where blackmail is the next step in the relationship. We'll be your friend if the price is right. Like hell. Think back to past dictators we've installed and supported. They were deposed, and we were left looking like chumps.

    May 28, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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