Senators wrap up in Afghanistan and Pakistan
January 17th, 2011
11:34 AM ET
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Senators wrap up in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Washington (CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Monday morning that he and six other senators are on their way home after a trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

McConnell was joined on the trip by Republican Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Marco Rubio of Florida and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

The senators, who are scheduled to return to Washington Tuesday, met with troops, including those from their respective states, political leaders and military officials.

They also sat down with General David Petraeus, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir of Pakistan and Pakistani General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army.

- CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett contributed to this report

Filed under: Afghanistan • Pakistan • Senate
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Chas in Iowa

    In other words,...they flew into an airbase, met with some soldiers and officials and now are wisked out of the country.
    Now they can all brag that they have been to the theater of operations and are well informed of the situation on the ground.
    What a bunch of loons.

    January 17, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Duck Fallas

    Aw, isn't that cute? They got their picture taken next to a big airplane with a soldier guy.

    BTW, which one is Graham? Is that him wearing the George Bush "Mission Accomplished" commemorative jacket?

    January 17, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Claudia in Houston

    Chas in Iowa, you hit it on the nail, they are justing "boosting" their resumes on the blood of our military men and women. These politicians will say and do anything if it requires getting a vote from a fallen soldier. Disgusting.

    January 17, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. gt

    not one more brave american need to lose there lives ... get our troops home now !!! this is a waste of time , money and people....

    January 17, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - John "The Weeper of the House" Boehner

    They're just doing this for a photo op. The only one of those senators I have some respect for is Sen. Graham and that's because he actually served in the Armed Forces.

    January 17, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Freedom of Speech in the USA

    It appears the parade of Washington officials from the administration has run its course and now we're working on the Congress. I hope all 535 of them doesn't head over there. There's a war to be fought and costs to hold down. But I guess they need to get info from sources on the ground. I wouldn' ttrust anything second hand or that might be filtered.

    January 17, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Bengus81 ole' Mitch had them bad boys running for their lives!!! He was there to check personally on the War Profiteering effort and make sure his Corporate buds were getting FAT taxpayer funded checks for doing little or nothing.

    January 17, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Burr has on the Mission accomplished flight jacket – then Kelly, then Graham (note the flap under the chin has been removed in the last month or so).

    January 17, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. thomas

    Senators look see show tour !
    It's all about the free pancake breakfast and duty free shopping !

    January 17, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Mike in Wisconsin

    Wouldn't it be great if they used THIS money to reduce expenses?? I agree with the general sentiment here - just a photo op with the military to say "we now know all about the war". Pretty lame in my estimation!

    January 17, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Warren

    And what was the cost of that useless trip? LOL

    January 17, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. Danny Cali

    Mr. McConnell why you just pick only the big "NO" Senator? that's not a change and American future.

    January 17, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Mac

    Another fine example of the frugal GOP cutting spending – hypocrites anyone?

    January 17, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |