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. Dim Mak

    @flint: Kind of like Obama pandering to the "No War" crowd then ratcheting up air attacks in Pakistan and Libya? I agree with you though politicians are little weasels that will promote an action then chastise another for making the same decision.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. War

    How does he know who the rebels are? And what does he need to talk to them for? Or is this all a lie and he is really out their for a bribe from gadhafi or gadhafi a bribe from McCaine?

    April 22, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sir Tomas

    What will gain from visiting terrorists contractors in libya? "I've been to war zone" is all he'll say later! Shameless old man.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sir Tomas

    John is calling terrorists in libya his "heroes", and billions of frozen funds should be "transfer" to his 100 welcomers who walked with him upon his arrival there! What a joke, poor old man! SMH on your move to boast later of your experince on war! What happen to the wisdom of the ages?

    April 22, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    Thank God that finally someone honorable, as John McCain, has gone over to Libya. We need his wonderful leadership and powerful negotiation skills over there. I pray he is safe and kept out of harms way while being over there. If anyone can stop the horrible insanity of Gaddafi, it will be Senator McCain. He will unite and help guide the rebels to ensure that a humanitarian victory is achieved in Libya.

    I will support Senator McCain in whatever direction he thinks regarding the US. If he feels that we should have military ground presence, then I am behind him. If he feels we should get out of Libya, I am behind him. The man is incredibly knowledgable and I truly believe he is guided by the hand of God.

    Thank you, Senator John McCain. I support you fully in your efforts to end the terror that we witness everyday in this world. You are truly a Saint!

    Cesar

    April 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Sorry everybody,I never posted that idiotic statement above. The clown who did it is out to make me look as stupid as possible. So,please disregard the above as anybody with half a brain should know what a right-wing nut this McCain really is!!!

      April 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. IKHAN

    The likes of McCain & Lieberman got us to the point where we stand now. Losing American prestige, clout & influence around the world. And they would get us to the brink if allowed a free hand. They are without vision , detached from reality & harbor distorted ideology.
    About time these folks are booted out of the Hill.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jinx

    McCain thinks we should do more in Libya. And then the minute the US responds, all the Reps will be decrying the fact that we're in yet another war. Remember who got us in the other wars in the ME? Yep, another Rep. Getting kind of tired of the politicians and their double-speak. Just get the hell out of ME already!!!!!

    April 22, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Thank you,Jinx. I totally agree. We soarly need to get out of the Middle East and fast!

      April 22, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Right Wing Thug

    Stut up, Patton. You, too, Cesar. Along with RUFFNUTT. Everybody knows you're one in the same!

    April 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Right-Wing Thug

      Now this clown just usurped my name as one can plainly see above. Good grief,why can't this clown use his own name for a change!!!

      April 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Who are you to tell Patton to stut up? Besides,how does one "stut up" anyway? I never heard of it until now.

      April 22, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Gasp!

      ...this is like Nancy Drew, Perry Mason, with the cancelled soap operas all rolled into one...with a Scooby-Doo cherry on the top!

      April 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jinx

    What a bunch of psychos!

    April 22, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. HAT

    Anyone who promotes military activity should also state how it will be paid for.

    April 22, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Soldier

    The US military is Old Man McCain's Viagra. This guy loves nothing more than generating juvenile emotion from America's impotent dumb men to get "someone else" involved in wars everywhere they can use big potent toys to blow things up and kill lots of people from a very safe distance, all at the urging of much smarter women with their own ulterior objectives. It all reminds me of idle owners of competing salivating pit bulls. Ever wonder why these faux macho types forever spouting the imperial "we" never offer to lead the way into the arena's kill zone? McCain is using Libya to save future ships and flying super-computers from the defense budget chopping block, while those women (Clinton, Rice, Power, Albright, et al) want to make names for themselves by siccing the dogs of war on whomever they don't like. "My slaughter is better than your slaughter!"

    Wasn’t it really smart of us to get Kaddafi to give us his nukes, turn over the stooges who blew up the airliner, pay millions of dollars to the survivors, shake our hand and exchange diplomatic missions BEFERE we turned on him and stabbed him in the back? Aren’t we just so slick? Libya represented absolutely no threat to America, her citizens or her allies, and yet we still attacked a sovereign state on the basis of girly emotion. Sometimes being an American is just embarrassing. Apparently the thing we do best anymore is constant never-ending war. Better than TV’s brainless “reality shows”. ANYTHING to take the mind off twenty truly monumental domestic problems we have proven totally incapable of addressing for the past forty years.

    Leave the Libyans alone to sort out their OWN problems. We’ve obviously long had more problems of our own than we can handle.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. D.C. Thug

    Hush up now, Right-Wing Thug. You stole his name first.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. D.C. Thug

    Very well stated, Soldier. Thank you.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey

    Yes, you have heard of it.
    I think you're the same troll who told me to shut up when I wasn't here.
    How does it feel to have to be content with being nothing more than a pest?

    April 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey

    Too many trolls.
    Like Gulliver's Travels.
    It gets you down.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
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