John McCain Makes "Unusual" Secret Trip To Syria As Trump Prepares Plans To Defeat ISIS

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In an unusual move for a sitting senator, John McCain (R-AZ) 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.  The short visit came in the middle of a regional trip that took McCain from Saudi Arabia to Turkey, where he discussed evolving plans to counter the Islamic State in the Middle East.  Per the Wall Street Journal:

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.

Of course, this trip came just a couple of weeks after Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum giving his new Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, 30 days to draw up a military plan to "defeat ISIS" declaring definitely that "it is the policy of the United States that ISIS be defeated."

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is not the only threat from radical Islamic terrorism that the United States faces, but it is among the most vicious and aggressive.  It is also attempting to create its own state, which ISIS claims as a "caliphate."  But there can be no accommodation or negotiation with it.  For those reasons I am directing my Administration to develop a comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS.


Sec. 1.  Policy.  It is the policy of the United States that ISIS be defeated.


Sec. 2.  Policy Coordination.  Policy coordination, guidance, dispute resolution, and periodic in-progress reviews for the functions and programs described and assigned in this memorandum shall be provided through the interagency process established in National Security Presidential Memorandum – 2 of January 28, 2017 (Organization of the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council), or any successor.


(i)    Development of a new plan to defeat ISIS (the Plan) shall commence immediately.

(ii)   Within 30 days, a preliminary draft of the Plan to defeat ISIS shall be submitted to the President by the Secretary of Defense.

(iii)  The Plan shall include:


(A)  a comprehensive strategy and plans for the defeat of ISIS;

(B)  recommended changes to any United States rules of engagement and other United States policy restrictions that exceed the requirements of international law regarding the use of force against ISIS;

(C)  public diplomacy, information operations, and cyber strategies to isolate and delegitimize ISIS and its radical Islamist ideology;

(D)  identification of new coalition partners in the fight against ISIS and policies to empower coalition partners to fight ISIS and its affiliates;

(E)  mechanisms to cut off or seize ISIS's financial support, including financial transfers, money laundering, oil revenue, human trafficking, sales of looted art and historical artifacts, and other revenue sources; and

(F)  a detailed strategy to robustly fund the Plan.



After traveling to Syria, McCain also met with Turkish President Erdogan who 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.

As we previously noted, Trump has also supported plans to create safe zones in Syria for civilians fleeing the conflict there.  Such safe zones could provide an alternative to admitting refugees to the U.S., according to Trump, but would also force greater US military deployment to the region.

According to the WSJ, the safe-zone proposal represents a significant policy reversal from the administration of Barack Obama, who long resisted pressure for such an approach from Congress and U.S. allies in the Middle East because he believed it would draw the U.S. too deeply into another war.

Establishing safe zones in Syria would mark an escalation in America’s military involvement there. In addition to the initial military buildup that likely would be needed to create the zones, ground troops and additional air power will be needed to protect them, military officials have said. Such zones would also put U.S.-allied forces in dangerous proximity to foreign troops, including forces from Russia and the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

As a reminder, gas-rich Qatar works alongside Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Western nations to back Syrian rebels in a military aid program overseen by the CIA that provides moderate groups with arms and training. A natgas pipeline project connecting Qatar to Europe has been often cited as the main reason for the relentless attempts to destabilize and overthrow the Assad regime, and to impose a puppet regime that would be aggreable to the project, one which would significantly reduce Europe's reliance on Russian gas exports.

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Looney's picture


John McCain’s head looks like a badly damaged Bull Scrotum.  ;-)


wildbad's picture

lock him up

logan act apply?

bamawatson's picture

let Pelosi decide :

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DontGive's picture

McStain is there to make sure the document shredders are running 24/7.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Actually he knows that now all his e-communications are reaching The Don's desk so he must handle secret info to the Daesh contacts directly.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Go home John.....seriously!


Trump is the President........and YOU'RE NOT!!!

Manthong's picture

McStain needs to be put back in his box.


pods's picture

So now a Senator is off doing foreign policy for the USA?

We are fucked. McCain is a warmongering POS.  One SOB I wont miss when I hear that he layed down for the final dirtnap.

I thought there was something in law that forbid him from doing stuff like this?  


DownWithYogaPants's picture

Couldn't McCain ...shouldn't McCain be charged under the Logan act?

Jim in MN's picture

How's THIS for refreshing, and realistic:  An article calmly discussing potential post-war Syrian arrangements among Russia, Turkey and Iran.... which the words 'United States' NEVER APPEAR.


Let's get the fuck out of there.  Seriously. 

Let the door hit McCain's ass on the way out.

French Bloke's picture

Didn't this worthless piece of shit volunteer for service in Vietnam - then was stupid enough to get himself caught? Didn't he learn anything about war and the misery it brings? He ain't the full shilling folks. He's a fucking loser.

Sanity Bear's picture

The Logan Act is unenforceable bullshit.

McCain needs to be arrested under the Espionage Act. That's what he is - an enemy spy.

Yog Soggoth's picture

He stayed at the Hasakah Hilton and sang for the soldiers on the wrong side. They all look alike, so how was he to know?

IndyPat's picture

He's also a terrorist Soros accessory and co-conspirator. Follow the money.

This bag of shit needs to be in a cold cell deep inside an Eastern European Black Site. Unleash the full powers of the Patroit Act and the NDAA on his ass. That's right, asshole needs to be snared in the same machine he co-authored.

No Hanoi Concierge Level Accomodations this time for his stay.

French Bloke's picture

What if.. somebody (ie. ISIS or anybody) were to take him out whilst there? Can we say that on here? I mean it was OK to say it about Trump in the MSM. If it happened, I bet Trump wouldn't waste 1 US life in retribution. I can dream...

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

A Representative did so recently, too.

What do they have in common?

Both went to Syria to focus attention on themselves and to further their own careers.

The difference between the two?

McCain knows he can't run for president again because he already tried and blew it.

TG went in an effort to enhance her resume for a presidential run. She is a Progressive who voted for Bernie. She is the female Obama saying and doing what it is safe to do to pave the way for a presidential run.

gladih8r's picture

I wouldn't mind him going there but only if he wears a t-shirt that says  "Mohammed sucks pig dicks for a living".

French Bloke's picture

He wouldn't say that. He's a liar.

See how 2 totally unconnected remarks can lead people to false conclusions? See what I did there? I'm on a roll.....


Edit - anyway, I think you've confused the cult leader who liked underage sex with "David Cameron". Pigs are his thing

Jim in MN's picture

How about John wants moar war and Tulsi wants more peace?  Or did that not occur to you?

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) Jim in MN Feb 23, 2017 12:41 PM

Nevermind what she wants. She still has no authority to represent the US in Syria.

Jim in MN's picture

The commenter tried (half-heartedly) to list out similarities and differences

Try to stay awake, or away from the keyboard.

IndyPat's picture

Bullshit, Mr. Man.

TG is on the level. She is also the most likely source for the DNC leaks. She resigned her gig there just before the leak happened.

You got shit on her, then post up some sources.

You have no idea who she voted for. So fucking what if she did?
There were far worse fates America could have suffered than Bernie.
America could have survived his old ass.

If it had been a choice between Jeb! and Bern in some parallel nightmare universe, you bet your ass I'd yank the handle for Bernie.

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) IndyPat Feb 23, 2017 12:40 PM

She has no fucking authority to travel to Syria. I don't give a shit if you like her or not. Maybe you'll get another chance to vote for Bernie someday, so cheer the fuck up.

IndyPat's picture

She has as much authority as any other Congressional Rep does to go get the facts on the ground.
Pretty fucking standard, really.

Perhaps you think she should just accept a briefing from McCain or the CIA on all matters Syria and ISIS, rather than actually asking Syrians what's going on in the hood?

Fuck you, range rider. Someone actually does their job, no matter the party...and all you can do is blow them a rash of shit for it? Just eat all the shit McCain can feed you, right?

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) Jeffersonian Liberal Feb 23, 2017 12:37 PM

True, that. She has fans here who think that's a Congresstwit's job, running all over the world to get into shit that she has no authority to get into.

spanish inquisition's picture

Aid, comfort  and intel for the enemy. McCain's SOP.

bobbbny's picture

McCain is freaking out.

One of his favorite wars is fizzling out & he needs to figure out how to keep it going.

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

All together now ......  Thank you Arizona.

Anasteus's picture

Another felony breaching the Logan Act. This guy when finally prosecuted will never leave jail.

This criminal is the biggest enemy of America.

SoDamnMad's picture

Going to Erdogan to throw the hard fighting Kurds under the bus just like we threw the Montagnards under the bus in VietNam. "Yeah, fight and die for us and we will take care of you." How did that work out.  We throw everyone under the bus after we use them.

Loyalty and honor are 2 words only the Marines understand and use.  General Mathis, I thank you for your service.  Lt Commander McCain, not so much. 

greenskeeper carl's picture

I agree. Get back in your hole, songbird. I can't fuckin' stand that guy.

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wren's picture

Did Trump report the trailer!?!?

PT's picture

No, Trump just needs to attach a radio transmitter to him and give the co-ordinates to the Russians.
Errr, that was a bit old fashioned of me.  Just make sure McCain's phone has geo-location turned on and give his phone number to the Russians.

Manthong's picture

Forest fire, er… Forrestal… Oriskany… Keating… Ukraine… McCain

It all makes sense now.


BarkingCat's picture

Go home??

I do not think the Vietnamese want him back.

fallout11's picture

How the hell are there US troops stationed in northern Syria?!?  
100% certain Assad didn't approve them being there, which makes this yet another invasion of a sovereign nation.

Offthebeach's picture

Actually if wants to stay in Syria, that'll be super fine.

Of course there could always be a Ron Brown "accident"....

Evil Peanut's picture

Since when is it part of a senators duties to go to a warzone?

There is much more to this than meets the eye

new game's picture

meet the new commander in cheif; the honorable senator macstain, from the illegal imigration state of AZ.

go home moron, and do nothing, best that could happen...

ThanksChump's picture

Please, use the formal name Wet Start McStain.

AllTimeWhys's picture

it's time to fucking arrest and question this fake war hero dirtbag

nightwish's picture

Yeah, what the fuck is insane mccaine up to now?

Either trying to steal the limelight or giving moral support to isis is my guess. Maybe supplying more arms.

SoDamnMad's picture

He is cutting deals with the Turks.  

GUS100CORRINA's picture

I smell a RAT ... 

I am sure his visit will be a shock and awe moment.

He will be asking: "Did the US really turn Syria into a Ruinous Heap?"

YES John, this is what happens when you drop over a 100,000 bombs on Syria under the OBAMA/CLINTON reign of terror while you were in the SENATE as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.

What a DESPOT!

Luc X. Ifer's picture

The old prick went to pass secret info to the Daesh contacts directly now being afraid his e-communications would get into Trump's hands.

XqWretch's picture

"mechanisms to cut off or seize ISIS's financial support"

stop paying them?

gatorengineer's picture

1)  Shut down Langley

2) Make sure not a single oil truck crosses the turkish border from Iraq or Syria.

3)  Make sure Riyadh and Tel Aviv cut them off...


Chances of this happening zero.