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. goblackhawks

    What is truly said is the day after Memorial Day .. You dirtbags on the left are bashing a man who sacrificed for this country and was held in a prison camp. You can critize his policies, but to call him "fireman bill" and to question his mental ability. Shows what sad, pathetic "people" you on the left are. Right now we have a president who targets people he disagrees with the IRS, and has the AP and newsmen spied on. .. that is were your outrage should be..

    May 28, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. tbone

    McCain is a Progressive POS and he would have been every bit as bad a President as Obama.
    In 2008 Americans had no real choice for President.

    May 28, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Sniffit

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

    Another fine example of GOP/Teatroll "outreach."

    May 28, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. smackinfact


    Look at you trying to pick at a child who is proud of their father. If you have children I bet they are just as proud of you no matter your career choice. If you don't have kids and are planning to I bet those kids will be proud of you and what you do as well. As for trying to embroil us with another war you need to get the facts straight. When you state we've as in you have served your country be careful about the words you choose to say for if you are a Vet. you may be marked as a traitor by other service members or veterans of foreign wars.

    May 28, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. dinaosullivan

    With the way McCain is always trying to get in the news, I feel this was a political thing and not his concern for Syria,. Did he inform the government or just the news media of his plans? Politics drives all of these people, votes and getting re elected. What was his purpose of going?Couldn't he have asked the State Department. Strange action.

    May 28, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. sly

    Yes, let's kill even more Muslims, then listen to the British whine when the Muslims fight back and kill 1 (ONE) (ONLY ONE) soldier.

    Better yet, let's listen to Americans whine when we kill 500,000 Muslims, then the Muslims fight back and kill 3 (THREE) (ONLY THREE) Americans at a foot race.

    How many decades will it take for Americans (and British) to learn: Goes around, comes around.

    May 28, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. SKW

    No, Meghan - Your father is a bitter old man who thinks his beloved party is losing control, so he encourages the party leaders to do irrational things that hurt our country (and then does irrational things himself - like going to Syria). I won't be at all surprised when, in the next few years, he's also diagnosed with dementia - all the signs are there.

    May 28, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. Den Hunter

    John McCain has ALWAYS been a badass...6 years being urinated on, beaten and starved in a tiger cage until he was crippled.

    Like him or no, he has paid up his American dues.

    May 28, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. SCBAMA is he undermining the POS POTUS? POTUS has done nothing. Except let people die and spy on/ investigate American citizens. Your guy is a real peice of work. Funny how liberals circle the wagons when caught in lies.

    May 28, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Dave L

    Your dad is not a bada$$. He is a dumba$$.

    May 28, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. komododr

    Since the war in Afghanistan is winding down, Repbulicans are itching to start another war somewhere. This is to keep the Defense establishment (war machine) profits healthy. The cut back in defense spending is a good start to get the national debt reduced.

    May 28, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Minnesotan

    John McCain is less of a bada__ and more of a conservative chameleon / shill. He plays whatever game they want him to. He might be a decent guy if Boehner weren't pulling his strings and making all the conservatives bow down and accept his incompetent and anti-American ideas.

    May 28, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. alf564

    Ken in MD is almost 100% correct. After he lost to Bush he mentally lost his maverick status and his common sense thought process. Great as he once was he is now just as bad. He really needs his family to take him by the arms and lead him home. He has no clue...PLEASE, let him retire with dignity rather than then let him help obama screw up my country

    May 28, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Hugh G. Rection

    In the past John McCain deserved a degree of respect for being a POW.

    With his current actions, including his attempts at immigration reform, it's time for him to be put out to pasture. He should step away gracefully before his senility becomes apparent to all.

    May 28, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. memphispiano

    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.
    I like discourse but I hate STUPIDITY. Nan Healy, you do not know your facts. First of all, I have never been a McCain fan HOWEVER your partisan blab shows you do not think or read for yourself. First of all, McCain was one of the only Republicans who was a vocal opponent of the Iraq war. Although I might disagree with many of his stands, almost all in the Congress (Republican and Democrat) will acknowledge that he is, in fact, the foremost expert on the military in the Congress. And to imply he needs to visit victims of a war he didn't support is insane and offensive. He is the only one in Washington who truly knows the pain of war. His body feels daily the effects of the torture that he endured as a POW. He is a Congressman in his final term (6 years) at the end of his life who is not concerned about re-election but is actually concerned about what is in the best interests of the US. Whether or not, I agree with his conclusions, I wish we had more like him.

    May 28, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |

    How old is his daughter? Perhaps she should try saying something that makes him look a little less than the fool he is. Calling your Dad a "badass" publically is stupid. She should have said I respect what my Dad's trying to do or something to that effect. Obviously the apple fell close to the tree.

    May 28, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. Mike

    McCain got into Syria (ILLEGALLY) without getting VISA from a legitimate fully recognized COUNTRY per United Nation Charter. HE COMPLAINS about our fellow neighbors from south getting in our country ILLEGALLY .......what a hypocrit and not reacognizing the international borders and HE is Senator of our country NOT abiding by INTERNATIONAL laws.

    May 28, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Alina77

    Again "bad ass"? I am getting tiered of these "bad asses" . In the days immediately before and after the invasion, McCain said that U.S. forces would be greeted as "liberators." I thought WOW, what a great , knowledgeable man "What a bad ass"... No, he not, he is just another politicians that trying to drag the US in to another foreign mud.

    The history should teach us how not to repeat it.

    May 28, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. goblackhawks

    First John McCain can't get us into war .. he isn't President (so you folks on the left need a little education). Second if Iraq was so bad why did Obama remain there and left on Bush's timetable. I know facts are something the confuses you folks on the left. Ken in MD .. Obama has been such a great Uniter .. oh no he hasn't .. The reason John McCain is visiting over in Syria .. is because Obama is to busy going on the View or Jimmy Kimmel or golfing to do his job. President Cry-Baby doesn't know how to be a LEADER ... unless Bush already did it

    May 28, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Palin Power

    Sarah Palin is the real 'badass'! McCain is a wimp and a wuss.

    May 28, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Judy Wood

    Instead of using his father being an admiral to be released, he chose to cooperate with the Vietcong to gain release.

    May 28, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. just askin

    Way to undermine your President.

    how? obama could care less about syria. two years, no help. 70,000 dead. obama is useless.

    May 28, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. karen from Charlottesville

    he's bad and he's an ass.. I guess that makes him a badass.

    May 28, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Hypatia

    He isn't 'badass'. He is blithering and should be checked out for demetia.

    May 28, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. Jules

    This world is too volatile for badasses now days. Better a cooler head than John McCain's.

    May 28, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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