May 28th, 2013
09:27 AM ET
1 year 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. Anonymous

    Right on Meghan!!

    May 28, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. ritmocojo

    'Fire Marshal Bill' at it again I see.

    May 28, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. HenryMiller

    Great, a foreign policy based on being a "badass." Just what the country needs...

    May 28, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. HenryMiller

    Great, a foreign policy based on being a "badposterior." Just what the country needs...

    May 28, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. TJ

    Yet another geezer hiding behind the title of a senator of the U.S. (for whatever that's worth nowadays). I suppose he's gonna tell us why arming yet another group of anti-American jihadists is gonna help the world...

    May 28, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Wake up People!

    @anonymous.....

    Sweetie, no one says right on anymore..... It's so 1970's.....

    May 28, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. miller

    this is what happens when you have time on your hands & loughs of money but remeber we voted this person in office
    it time to take care of americans first thats his number one thing to do .please don;t come back .

    May 28, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. captiosus

    "Shotgun diplomacy" is not being a "badass". It's irresponsible at best. It should be made VERY clear that he was there as a private citizen on his own and not speaking for the government. This is the kind of under the table subversive garbage that starts wars.

    May 28, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. captiosus

    "Shotgun diplomacy" isn't remotely "badass". It's utterly irresponsible. McCain has picked a side and is now trying to use his position to force the government to do HIS bidding. It should be made clear in NO uncertain terms that McCain went of his own volition as a private American, NOT a Senator, and NOT as a direct representative for our government. These kinds of one man actions are how wars start.

    May 28, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. I Pick Sarah Palin to be My Running Mate

    Stupid is as stupid does. (Forest Gump)

    May 28, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Iggy

    No Meg, he's old and cenile and doesnt know what he's doing.

    May 28, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Andrew

    Badass? Nah. Just another political shirk puppeting for the drooling arms industry.

    I predict a steep incline in obsolete US weapons available in Syria very soon.

    May 28, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Mr. Flibble

    The war monger made a secret trip to a war zone. Yeah, that's REAL 'badass'. *snicker*

    May 28, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    HenryMiller

    Great, a foreign policy based on being a "badass." Just what the country needs...

    May 28, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
    HenryMiller

    Great, a foreign policy based on being a "badposterior." Just what the country needs...
    ------------–

    LOL! Love your word play choices.

    May 28, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. Dick Cheney

    John there's no way the American People will believe our bullSh!t again.....but I could be wrong.....

    May 28, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. sparky

    "Badass"? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Badass in picking a running mate most notably!!!

    May 28, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. RJ

    Well let's see – he crashed two planes and got taken captive – that's his illustrious military career. He has accomplished very little during his 150 years in the Senate. And now he's meeting with rebels that include Al Queda terrorists. I'd just call him "bad".

    May 28, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. guest

    Iggy - No Meg, he's old and cenile and doesnt know what he's doing.
    ===========

    But at least he knows how to spell SENILE! Unlike so people in here that have done gradiated tird grade.

    May 28, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. Raquel

    I thought McCain was all about Country First?
    I guess he never said WHICH country...

    So he must have taken a play out of how the illegals cross our borders, ironic since hes all about building that damn fence!

    May 28, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. Bob

    More war! That's what this country needs! WAR WAR WAR!!!

    Yea WAR! /sarc

    May 28, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. wonderabout

    NO – not BadAss at all – irresponsible, self-promoting, self-entitled and a show of ignorance by someone who USED TO BE a better public servant than he is now.... all he did was cause more trouble by going off the reservation.... no better than Dennis Rodman in North Korea! Shame on him, again!

    May 28, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. Rexdogcanadian

    President Obama is contemplative and wise. Let the Sirians liberate themselves. Remember Iraq. Remember Vietnam. Remember Samolia. Remember the Bay of pigs. Remember those who have lost their loved ones in war. Focus on rebuilding America's fragile infrastuuctures: universal health care, educational system, roads, bridges, levees, workplace safety, etc.

    May 28, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. sundownr

    Meghan... Nobody that I know challenges your father's patriotism or courage... it is his logic that is of major concern. War is absolutely a last resort because it does cost lives, money America does not have, and can lead to greater conflicts which threaten the security of mankind.

    May 28, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Yeah, he crashed like 6 jets and lived to talk about it

    May 28, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Anton

    Gee no this wasn't announced in the news media?

    May 28, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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