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. pavlov

    I think the context she means ,is that he is willing to sacrifice his safety to go behind enemy lines to try and help as a private citizen the beleagured opposition. And as a daughter, I don't think there is anything wrong with her reference to him in that regard. I happen to like Meghans' outspokenness and I am a liberal democrat.
    However, this is a razor sharp danger point. There are many anti american jihadists amongst the rebels fighting Assad, and though I don't think they represent a majority this needs to be handled with kit gloves and I believe our president is doing the right thing by not getting directly involved in such a conundrum at present. There is a bit of cowboy diplomacy in McCains actions,at the same time he really cares. I do too, however I do not think he is in a position to really effect the situation other than to possibly inflame it. "the best of intentions are a pathway to " you know the rest. IN any event, give Meghan a break, give McCain a break, and just hope that the suffering of the Syrian people ends sooner rather than later and when a good plan comes along ,lets embrace it.

    May 28, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Linda

    No matter what you think about McCain today, he was a GREAT American hero who was a POW--I bet a lot of the people posting on this have no idea about his service record and are too young to know about his long record. I don't always agree with everything he does, particularly his postion on illegal immigrants, but he has done a lot of good in his long career! He deserves respect, not stupid condescending remarks!! Grow up people!

    May 28, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Mike in SA

    He was a badass, now he's a RINO ready to suck up to anyone to keep himself in power a bit longer.

    May 28, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Chuk

    If McCain wants to impress me, he should pick up arms and join the "freedom fighters" – and go to the front lines. This way he can get all that war itch out of his system. Nothing like more wars for McCain. Easier if you're sneaking in and out of danger spots. You want to fight, get on the front lines or keep your mouth shut in congress.

    May 28, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    didn't we have enough "bad-" diplomacy with Duh Duh Duh-bya?? Look where that got us

    May 28, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Linda

    not 'was"–is a great statesman! If you people think you can do better,why aren't you running fpr office??????????

    May 28, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Harley


    May 28, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Tim

    John McCain is a war hero. Obama and Biden were to chicken to serve in the miltary!!!

    May 28, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Paul

    Too bad he does alot of flip flopping on issues to get what he wants.

    May 28, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. JJ

    What BS. He's nothing but a flailing statutory citizen of a looser geezer who thought Hanoi Hilton frequent stay points could be traded for nights at the WH. Sorry, Meghan, you're dad is useless.

    May 28, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Linda

    Or better yet, why aren't you serving our country?? Or making a difference instead of just badmouthing the people who do ?? Commenting on blogs is not what I call making "a difference"! There's no way a majority of you have accomplished even half of what he has –even in two lifetimes!

    May 28, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. BobInIrvine

    @Tim: War hero.

    Exactly why we need to avoid creating more "heroes" by getting into more wars.

    As to "too chicken," you'd have most of the previous administration, including W, on that list.

    May 28, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. Linda

    Tim your are exactly right! But to the other comments, Obama has achieved NOTHING! He has said he would end the war, and not there are more troops at war than before when Bush was in office. Obama hasnt' got the kahunas to do squat!!! Wake up!!

    May 28, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Meghan... Nobody that I know challenges your father's patriotism or courage
    I challenge BOTH as well as his mental capacity.

    May 28, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. PeterD

    McCain looks like a Real Commander-in-Chief of The United States of America.

    May 28, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. 111Dave111

    That Lindsey fella...what a card!
    Best wishes to @SenJohnMcCain in Syria today. If he doesn't make it back calling dibs on his office."

    Maybe he can joke about the 4,500 dead Americans in Iraq.

    May 28, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Linda

    Bobinirvine, read about Bush's military career. At least he has one. Tell me about yours-I'm sure it is quite impressive–not!

    May 28, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. MilitaryAF

    I'm sure a LOT was accomplished through a few hours of chit-chat.

    McCain is so awesome, he wants to strip medical benefits from military retirees. So much for supporting his fellow vets! Since he has free medical for life, his position is 'Screw the vets if it'll save us money.'

    May 28, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. kols

    McCain is a bad ass alright. He is undermining the Obama administration and all he'll do is come back like he is now an authority promoting the war he has always wanted. When a country is not our friend and we are not being directly threatened we should stay out of the way.

    May 28, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. Linda

    JJ–he is still quite influential. He has more brains and experience in his little finger than you could have if there were three of you! What makes you an expert on his service? Were you there? Sorry, but his stay in the Hanoi Hilton pretty much DOES give him some sway on the hill–you just don't like what he has to say. I don't hear anyone suggesting you go to Washington! Do yourself a favor and stay off these blogs when you don't know anything about squat. You are just putting your ignorance on public display.

    May 28, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. sly

    Oh ... almost forgot – people calling McCain a 'war hero' because he used chemical weapons to murder thousands of Vietnamese women and children?

    I have to laugh at people's outrage: Over in London they are upset that one of their enemies fought back and killed the British soldiers with whom they've been at war for the past 15 years? Sounds like legitimate war to me.

    McCain was locked up for dropping Napalm on civilians – sounds like justice to me.

    May 28, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    One facet about Syria does not get enough coverage in the media. That would be the Russians. During the Cold War, the US had one distinct advantage over the USSR, an agile and able navy. The Soviets were arguably landlocked. Ovne aspect of the Syrian/Russian relationship is that the Syrians allow the Russians to maintain a naval port on their coastline. '

    McCain, and the rest of the right wing, are ignoring that military action against the Assad regime would also mean those forces would be taking action against the Russian navy. Does anyone out there seriously think that the Russians would permit a "no fly" zone above their only warm water port in the world? You do?

    May 28, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. Linda

    Finally, some bloggers who know a bit about strategy and history! Thanks for showing up!

    May 28, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. PuzzledInPeoria

    When are we going to learn to stay out of other countries' troubles? We didn't learn in Vietnam, we didn't learn in Iraq, we didn't learn in Afghanistan, and now many want to get into Syria.

    Considering the national debt, I don't see how the U.S. can afford another war, nor can we afford to sacrifice any more lives.

    May 28, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. Carol

    Tim; You need to read the archived article in Rolling Stone about "The Maverick."

    May 28, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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