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. Alan

    I have a tremendous amount of respect for Sen. McCain's service during Vietnam. I have no respect for him as a politician.

    May 28, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Carlin123

    Well she's half right.

    May 28, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Brian Smith

    Not only is he a "Badass" just like she says, he is also a 'crazy old coot', a maverick, someone out of touch with reality, a warmonger, a republican, and a space octopus robot!

    May 28, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. elvis

    More like – a sucker for a photo op. John McCain is just big on his ego lately. Nothing more, nothing less.

    May 28, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Tom in Desoto, TX

    She can think that but we know better. Hopefully in 50 years when she's his age, she's smarter than he is today...a lot smarter

    May 28, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |

    Yes Meghan, John War Monger McCann is a badass when it comes to any continuous war in the middle east and in your mind and the minds of Mss Lindsey Graham and Sarah Caribou Barbie Palin, that's about it, and there are those who wonder why Americans rejected him as President prime example, enough said.

    May 28, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Hamburger Jones

    "I'd like to know just how much taxpayer money did it take for that security assisted flight to Syria,not cheap by any means." I'm no McGrampaw fan but what he did was reasonable and normal; we're just wondering what the senile old magoo thought he was doing there.

    May 28, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. mm

    Mccain is knowlingly backing al queda-backed rebels bent on ousting Assad in order to have a sunni theocracy established in Syria. What he is doing is flat out dangerous and should be viewed as treasonous. America should be helping Assad but they're not.

    May 28, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Matt

    Nobody crashes million $ planes like McCain...he put more planes into the ocean than any Vietnamese gunner.

    May 28, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Sniffit


    Translation: "Forgot his Metamucil."

    May 28, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. Michael

    We, and John McCain, should stay the hell out of Syria.

    May 28, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Tally

    How much are we taxpayers fronting for McCain's "unofficial" trip?

    May 28, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Name lynn

    mccain need to stay over there for a while an let the people put an talk some scense into his brain. He dont have a mind nor brain.

    May 28, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Jack Be Humble

    McCain a RINO?? Insanity!

    I guess Lindsay Graham is the last real Republican?

    May 28, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. tony

    It only takes one little silly mistake to start a war. It takes hell on Earth to stop one.

    May 28, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. DaveW

    Let's stay out of Syria. Keep our troops here at home for a few months. Please.

    May 28, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. The King

    For love of God, how could anyone NOT KNOW of his POW experience. He never misses an opportunity to bring it up. For the record, McCain wasn't offered anything any deal that any other captured pilot was offered for their freedom. He just makes himself out to be more noble than the rest.
    Let's be honest. It's time for McCain to stay in AZ while he cashes his THREE SEPARATE government pension checks. Welfare Queen?

    May 28, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Hamburger Jones

    " 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" rant rave squee fangirl ecstasy.

    Hero-worship makes Hitlers. Sorry, but I don't automatically equate "someone shot down his plane and locked him up" with "he is good at international politics" or "always knows what to do in a war." He may have done well when he was a kid in the 70s, but so did KC and the Sunshine Band. When I look at him now, I see a narrow escape America had. Thank you all for not voting for him.

    May 28, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. will

    He has no respect for the military veterans here by voting "NO" on a bipartisan bill to help veterans. He is irrelevant trying to be relevant. Maybe he can stop in Iraq and search for WMD that were supposedly there.

    May 28, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Marty Wall

    Read McCain's book "Faith of my Fathers" and you will learn the true definition of badass.

    May 28, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. ice9load

    Is he doing this on behalf of the president or state dept.? Or did congress open their own wing for foreign affairs? Before taking on other responsibilities they might be better off looking at unemployment, runaway healthcare costs and corporate welfare, the real threats to this country.

    May 28, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. Mike

    John McCain is a hero..... but too frigging old to be relevant today........

    May 28, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. African Queen

    I hope dear cousins your decision will be a smart one. Stay out of Syria. Haven't you learned from Iraq?

    May 28, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    As I said before, if the White House and congress really want to resort to military action in Syria, the best way to do so is to arm the military of the 22 menber Arab League. This way, we won't be accused of being in Muslim land, we won't have to put Americans in harms way and we'd be putting the responsibility where it belongs, in the hands of the Arab people.

    May 28, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. African Queen

    Dear Americans, please stay out of Syria, have you not learned from Iraq?

    May 28, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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