John McCain Makes Secret Trip to Syria in Midst of U.S. Assessment

crew-2231211While the U.S.media is choking themselves with the so-called “Stability,” of Donald Trump, they leave the mental stability of U.S. Senator John McCain alone as it doesn’t go with their anti-Trump narrative.

 

“McCain, Again the Maverick, Challenges President Trump” (Source)

 

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The senator traveled to Kurdish-controlled Kobani, U.S. officials say.

Poor McCain, he is still angry about getting his hat handed to him as the result of the woeful campaign he ran against Obama in 2008.

 

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Syrian Democratic Forces fighters gather earlier this month during an offensive against Islamic State militants in the northern Raqqa province. Photo:/Reuters

More needless time and expense wasted and McCain’s mission is to get Trump.

 

WASHINGTON—Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) secretly traveled to northern Syria last weekend to speak with American military officials and Kurdish fighters at the forefront of the push to drive Islamic State out of their de facto capital of Raqqa, according to U.S. officials. (Source)

 

 

The unusual visit, which officials said was organized with the help of the U.S. military, came as the Trump administration is debating plans for an accelerated military campaign against Islamic State, also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL.

Mr. McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, first traveled to rebel-controlled Syria in 2013, when he met with leaders of the Free Syrian Army, the umbrella group supported by America and its allies. This was believed to be his first visit to Syria since then.

U.S. officials familiar with Mr. McCain’s trip said that the senator traveled to Kobani, the Syrian town on the Turkey border controlled by Kurdish forces since 2012.

In a statement, Mr. McCain’s office confirmed that a trip took place, saying the senator “traveled to northern Syria last week to visit U.S. forces deployed there and to discuss the counter-ISIL campaign and ongoing operations to retake Raqqa.”

Mr. McCain is believed to be the first U.S. lawmaker to travel to the Kurdish-controlled area of northeastern Syria since it became a hub for American special-operations forces who are aiding local forces in the fight against Islamic State.The short visit came in the middle of a regional trip that took Mr. McCain from Saudi Arabia to Turkey, where he discussed evolving plans to counter Islamic State in the Middle East.

After traveling to Syria, Mr. McCain met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Turkish capital. Mr. Erdogan is pushing the Trump administration to sideline the Kurdish fighters that U.S. military leaders view as a vital ally in the fight against Islamic State.

See entire article below.

 

It is rare for U.S. politicians to travel to Syria. Last month, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), secretly traveled to Damascus, where she held a controversial meeting with President Bashar al-Assad. Last year, Brett McGurk, America’s special envoy for the international coalition to defeat ISIS, traveled to Kobani and met with Kurdish fighters, creating an uproar in Turkey.

Ankara views the U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria as terrorists aligned with Kurdish separatists in Turkey embroiled in a yearslong battle for more autonomy. Mr. Erdogan and other Turkish leaders criticized Mr. McGurk after he was photographed receiving a plaque from a leader of the Syrian Kurdish force.

Mr. McGurk, who was asked by the Trump administration to stay on in his job, is in the thick of a debate over when and how to launch an assault on Raqqa.

President Donald Trump has asked the U.S. military to present him with a new plan to destroy Islamic State, and the report is supposed to be finished by the end of the month.

Central to the debate is whether or not to rely on Kurdish forces to take Raqqa, a city with a Sunni majority that is likely to be wary of Kurdish control.

U.S. officials involved in the debate say that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to launch a successful assault on Raqqa in the coming months without working with Kurdish forces. Turkish leaders have been pushing the Trump administration to sideline the Kurdish fighters, but they have not presented a viable alternative plan, U.S. officials said.

 

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4 thoughts on “John McCain Makes Secret Trip to Syria in Midst of U.S. Assessment

  1. Can’t find the article but there is one stating that McCain planned on running as a democrat when he got into politics but he didn’t stand a chance of beating whoever he’d have run against in the primary and that’s why he ran on the republican ticket all those years ago.

    Two McCain Moments, Rarely Mentioned http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/24/us/politics/24mccain.html?pagewanted=all

    Chait came up with the idea independently, partly as a follow-up to his January 2000 piece, “This Man Is Not a Republican.”)
    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/chatterbox/2002/04/come_home_mccain.html

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  2. AZ’nians can’t get rid of him at the ballot box b/c he buys his next term.. With 6 more years ahead under his belt, if he lives that long, it’s seems he is determined to cash in on all
    the corruption that pays him to carry out Deep State agenda, wherever he has influence.. McStain is DEE-SPISED!!!!! by Real
    America.. Whatever happened to impeaching traitors and treating them like the criminals they are instead
    now, they have become a protected class!!! Draining the Swamp ought to start with McCain, and go on down the list of RATS… Paul Ryan,
    and McConnell next along with a list too long to type..
    The American people are onto these NWO scalawags.. time
    to pull
    the plug on the Potomac POSs. GITMO has plenty of room for the first wave
    of hoodlums …

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  3. MCCAIN & GRAHAM ARE SCUM BAG TRAITORS .

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