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. mark poplin

    where is his political angle? im sure he is doing this for some self-serving purpose.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tony the Prophet

    McCaine is a Communist who believe in the Marxism system and he is a redneck, what a combination! now bound to run for president, sure why not we already have one that is not an American born citizen. The world is watching and laughing in our face, we have the most broke finacial federal operating government system in the world, the most undereducated producing society next Haiti, no healthcare system for Americans, no employment security, shame on you America. McCaine stay home spend your day gardening, maybe fixing your house, play with your grandchildren, you will never become president, sorry to tell you.. but you just don’t have the charisma to and you are too old.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. morris wise

    No longer will Libya be ruled by a warlord, it will be a land of many cultures, each protected by a small militia. Tourists and investors will be welcome to visit this oasis, they will be free to enjoy the hotels and sunshine or stake a claim to its rich natural resources.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • joe arapaho

      Here goes another right-wing war freak. Gee,these guys really seem to be coming out of the woodwork!!!

      April 22, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    Libya's a dangerous place.. Be a shame if something happened to him..

    April 22, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Admiral Ackbar

    ITS A TRAP!!!!!

    April 22, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. joe arapaho

    It would be much more helpful to the United States national security interests if McCain would visit Pakistan.
    We need to engage in a full fledged war against the taliban in Pakistan and renew the search for bin laden in that country.
    Let the Europeans show off their military hardware in the second rate Libyan conflict.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • joe arapaho

      Sorry folks,I didn't post that stupid statement above. This clown is out to make look like some kind of a right-wing jerk of which I'm not!!!

      April 22, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. noslen

    Who authorized Mccain's trip/involvement in Libya? Who is paying for this? Does our Sectry of State approve?
    Is this an UN-official extension of US policy/support? Did Mccain request news coverage? According to the Mccain Website he currently has no committee associaition to this nor current "position". What is being reported here?

    April 22, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mochtar Marhum

    Hoping that there will be an effective idea to remove the authoritarian Regime after 42 years in power

    April 22, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Frankenstein

    In case you didnt know, McCain is a John Rambo kind of guy. He will probably suit up, strap up, load up and take out Kadafi himself. This is secret black ops, MAN!

    April 22, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. Frankenstein

    Ah, get real, man. Get out in the real world, man. Get hip, man.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mochtar Marhum

    I think majority of people in Libya demand Democracy and USA must respond it

    April 22, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sir Tomas

    @al: are u serious or ur just being a nutcase comedian? @michael: USG has never supported any democratic government. You mentioned Gandhi and Mandela: did you know this country of ours supported apathied and helped imprisoned mandela because they didn't want his ideals? Madiba has been black mailed by our govt until his 90th birthday. How can we support democratic govts in libya when we have dictators planted elswhere? Our govt is racist and too greedy to see a free rich oil country live democratically anywhere beyond the "western" line. This is fact in our foreign policies – divide, conquer and rule! 🙂

    April 22, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat2u

    The old crypt keeper looking dude, aka John McCain says " These rebels are my heroes. " Are you kidding me ? The man seems to be intent to get us fully involved in his own little vietnam/ He also says we may not be doing enough towards our goal of removing Ghadfi from power. Wait just a minute. I thought OUR goal was to protect the cicilians from Ghadafis air forces. Why exactly are we fighting this war FOR them ?

    April 22, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. gordig

    all gadaffi got to do is send macian a truck load of money and he,ll pull a flip-flop

    April 22, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. George Patton

    Such is to be expected from a right-wing nutjob like John McCain with his obvious limitations! This guy is the very symbol of what's wrong with this country!!!

    April 22, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Good posting,George. Thank you for your imput.

      April 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
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