John McCain travels to Libya to meet with rebel forces
Sen. John McCain arrived in Benghazi, Libya, on Friday to meet with rebels.
April 22nd, 2011
04:10 AM ET

John McCain travels to Libya to meet with rebel forces

U.S. Sen. John McCain arrived in the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi on Friday morning.

Abdul Hafiz Ghoga, spokesman of the opposition Transitional National Council, accompanied McCain on a visit to the city's Freedom Square.

A crowd of about 100 Libyans greeted him with chants in English and Arabic of "God is great," "McCain is here" and "Down with the tyrant." Several demonstrators waved American flags.

McCain has been an advocate of U.S. military intervention to remove leader Moammar Gadhafi from power.

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  1. Charlie D

    You must be kidding. An old guy like McCain trying to appeal to rebels. Rebels in the US are squashed like a bug.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Sally Li

      You're right.

      April 22, 2011 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph Zrnchik, MAJ (Ret.)

      Rothchilds and international banking are waging war on Gaddafi.

      Here is why:

      April 23, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. eric g

    John McCain

    April 22, 2011 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bobby

    The US military would have invaded Libya weeks ago if McCain were President. America made the right choice in 2008.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. humberto

    McCain isn't going to get nominated again for setting US up for an ambush ambitions.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. flint

    What do you wanna bet he returns and criticizes Obama for not doing enough?
    He wants ground troops.McGramps never met a quagmire he didn't like.
    And then he'll club Obama in 2012 for getting us in another war.
    Maverick my ass.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. MIchael

    Why is this McCain in Lybia talking to forces that were and still are in Iraq and Afghanistan KILLING AMERICAN SOLDIERS.
    This is not the moment for cheap political grandstanding.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Sally Li

      McCain is doing something that he believes in. Got a problem with that?

      April 22, 2011 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
    • MIchael

      @Sally Li – McCain has his finger in the air before this trip. He doesn't believe in this otherwise he would have been there a while ago. He should encourage them to do like so many in history have done. Democracy is to be fought for peacefully, like many democracy activists have done before like King, Ghandi, Mandella, Only then do you appreciate it. Democracy at the hand of the gun is what any thug would do.

      April 22, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jean-Paul Sartre

      Sorry, folks... McLame does NOT believe in ANYTHING except his own EGO!

      April 23, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. humberto

    McCain isn't going to get nominated again for setting US up for his personal ambush ambitions and cohorts criminal wealth..

    April 22, 2011 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Robb

    Ye old war monger. Is he going to put on a uniform and fight, if not he should leave. The only thing he knows about foreign policy is "Bomb em" "Bomb em" "Bomb Em".
    It would be better for our country if he decided to stay in Libya.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Yeah I think he already paid his dues when he spent 5 and a half years in a Vietnamese prison camp being repeatedly tortured, plus the fact that he's spent over half of his life serving this country in some form... So before you criticize his right to do what he believes in: what the hell have you done for anyone else lately?

      April 22, 2011 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |

      Thank you,Robb. That was well said and totally correct.

      April 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph Zrnchik, MAJ (Ret.)

      McCain is an idiot who said that Iraq was as safe as Indiana as he had a battalion surrounding him and Blackhawk helicopters flying overwatch.

      The guy never met a war he did not revel in. He became a senator because his father whitewashed the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in which dozens of American sailors were massacred, even to the point of them machine-gunning life rafts. Since then the Zionist media was 100% behind him as he worked to take the nation to war with Iran.

      As the economy crumbled he maintained, "the fundamentals are sound", while admitting he was totally ignorant about economics.

      He brags about his foreign policy experience, but al he understands is force and violence and war is the extent of his foreign policy expertise.

      He understood nothing about Iraq and now wants us to fight in Libya.

      How can Gaddafi’s government be so unstable if NATO as not been able to defeat it?

      Now the slaughter NATO and the U.S. claimed they worried MIGHT happen in Libya IS occurring in Syria. So, does NATO have some kinetic military operation planned to save the Syrian civilians that are being slaughtered en mass?

      Why is it operations were initiated against Gaddafi but not against Assad? Once again we see Western hypocrisy and war for the benefit of the MIC and Big Oil.

      What are the criteria serving as the basis for deciding where to militarily intervene? Is it only against weak countries? I, for one, hope Gaddafi defeats NATO and puts an end to an alliance that has outlived its utility. Everyone knows the Saudis are worried about Syria and the US take its marching orders from the House of Saud. The US hypocrisy is disgusting and embarrassing. Clinton ought to be ashamed, – but she isn’t.

      Americans’ Redress of Grievances or Day of Rage in Washington D.C. on 6/30/11,_2011.html

      The American Revolution Has Begun

      Free the Hutaree

      April 23, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |

      @fakeynutt quit posting as me..

      April 23, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. al

    I am not a fan of the previous GOP and fully support Obama however I have very high regards of McCains military history. I fully support McCains visit contribution and moral support for the rebels.

    April 22, 2011 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. Gerry Lincoln

    With all due respect to the death-defying old warmonger, why is John McCain over there?

    What can he possibly hope to accomplish there?

    While I respected him for his war record in Vietnam, I have questioned his judgment (of lack thereof) since he hooked up with that crazy Alaskan Tea Bagger in the last presidential election.

    He could have done the world a favor and taken the Wasilla Wingnut along this time - and left her there on the front lines.

    April 22, 2011 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. David

    This shows how pathetic Obama is. This sole act by Mccain is more than Obama will do positive for the world during his entire term. All of you Obama communist will see what you voted for sooner than later.

    April 22, 2011 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Everyone knows they were rioting for jobs and housing when Ban Ki Moon got a bright idea to make it more than what it was, meanwhile he's sikent on Tailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Neuroasthenia ?

      April 22, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. mike

    well first off obama os getting us on another war after he said we were going to be pulling out of the other two and second macain did put on a uniform and spent uears as a pow so who are ypi to criticize him for going over to talk

    April 22, 2011 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. seamus

    Who is paying for his trip? Tou and me. The other problem is instead of working on real issues, the foreign sevice workers who are left have to spend their days watching him instead of their real jobs.

    April 22, 2011 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Because diplomacy is just awful!

      April 22, 2011 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. humberto

    no prize for you .

    April 22, 2011 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. corrina

    Ok, only God knows what is in our hearts. we cant fight every country in the universe We should finish the ones we have been fighting for years, with so much money and lives lost before we go bomb, bomb, bomb. Peaceful negotiations are better than bombs

    April 22, 2011 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
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