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. TruthandConsequence

    Since we continue to have diplomatic relations with Syria and expect Syrians traveling within the U.S. to have visas, may we assume McCain had a Syrian visa for his trip to Syria?

    May 28, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Eroo

    Lindsey Graham's comment shows how insensitive and old school he is. So sad we live in a country where that is acceptable humor. G-d forbid something actually happened during McCain's trip. You know, it did happen to him once already, eh...

    May 28, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Reasonably

    Two things:

    Your dad is a career politician which should be an embarrassment rather than something to crow about.

    And he's trying to embroil us in yet another war which we should have nothing to do with and leave to the Arab League to sort out their own backyard. (the humanitarian, yadda yadda fails when you think about how we've dealt with Africa's ongoing humanitarian problems for the past half century)

    May 28, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Flashman

    Sometimes McCain speaks unpopular truths, other times he seems to speak without engaging his brain. The trip to Syria was a very bad idea.

    May 28, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Just Call Me Lucifer

    Too bad the Syrian rebels are Muslim jihadists looking to turn Syria into a Islamic theocracy... and McCain wants to arm them.
    Here we go again... didn't learn enough with the last two wars, huh John? Hey ...whats another 4,000 U.S. soldiers dead as long as you're appeasing the US war machine.

    May 28, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. EDDIE

    I don't agree with his politics but with all he has done for our country and being a POW yes he is a badass.Hat's off

    May 28, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. icu

    Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Panama, Granada, Vietnam....
    Syria..let the drones work this there a voice of sense and reason anywhere among the myriad of parasites in the U.S. government ?

    May 28, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Calhoun

    Mccain created Sarah Palin. Let us not forget that!

    May 28, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    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.
    Actually, because his father was a famous admiral, complete with military faciliies named after him, the Viet Cong offered to release John McCain as a gesture of goodwill. McCain felt that it would look bad if he accepted the release, while his fellows remained behind. And, it would have looked bad. So, McCain opted to remain a prisoner, where he received some hideous forms of torture.

    May 28, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Nan Healy

    It would have been a better use of Senator McCain's time to go and visit the men and women who served in both of Bush's wars that he supported and were terribly injured instead of taking a publicity seeking trip to Syria. Was he counseling the rebels on battle tactics? Or promising to get them more money while he joins other Republicans in blocking votes on a budget? It's important to remember that Senator McCain spent his years in Viet Nam as a captive prisoner of war. He was not in battle. He is not an expert on battle plans or any War Plans.

    May 28, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    So WHY is the Arab league so quiet? Perhaps while Mr. McCain is over there or maybe during a future trip, he could try to meet with members of the Arab league to discuss their role is helping to end the conflict. Then when he returns home, perhaps he can get together with the President, congress and the UN and put legislation in play to arm the military of the 22 member Arab league. This is also very important because arming the military of the Arab league would ensure that military aid does not fall in to the hands of terrorists. ARAB LEAGUE please?

    May 28, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. Josh

    Hey McCain: you should belt yourself with a strap and blow yourself up... Well you are hanging out with no fighters there... The Sunni culture does not enter real war.. Its all about back stabbing and suicide bombers. And while you doing that McCain you should shout Allah Akbar... Allah Akbar.. Allah Akbar.... you are a criminal!

    May 28, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Loathstheright

    She was only half right.

    May 28, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Nikki

    @ Reasonably: Right on!

    May 28, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Matt

    What proof is there that the rebels would be any better (for the US) than the current regime?

    May 28, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. penarrow

    IIs this treason?

    May 28, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. bobnc

    I have respect for John, this was a dumb move, should have never made it into the press.

    May 28, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. sly

    John McCain: War Criminal
    Used chemical weapons to kill thousands of women and children.
    Vietnam was like the Bush Oil Wars: None of our business, and we murdered up to 500,000 just to steal their oil and minerals (yes, Vietnam is #1 in SE Asia in mineral wealth, which is why BofA and our State Dept invaded.)

    May 28, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. i rayd84u

    Hope he decides to stay

    May 28, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. pbernasc

    Note: McCain is a Senator and as such he can't travel to other countries without notifying the Department of State
    Let me point out here, .. he does not need a permission, he just has to give an advanced notification. However, the Department of State can request a Senator not to travel to a given country in an official visit. They can't stop a Senator to travel on a private basis.

    All that said .. in this case McCain is clearly traveling with the blessing of the Department of State ...

    May 28, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. jack 3

    Yes, McCain is a badass and has the credentials to proove it. Obama is scared of his own shadow and is still trying to please Assad and his Russian and muslim supporters. Obama hasn't figure out yet that there is no changing these people except by force.

    May 28, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. Sure, why not?

    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.

    Sorry, they cannot go as their 10 transport camels are in the shop and under repair.

    May 28, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. jon

    Yeah, let's start another war! It has been several years – way too long.

    May 28, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. mike

    Way to undermine your President.

    May 28, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. Ken in MD

    John McCain was a decent Senator, until he decided to run for President in 2008. Then he went from a bi-partisan moderate to an ultra-conservative, and never looked back. He's now a has-been looking for some way to remain relevant. And failing.

    May 28, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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