John McCain Goes to Syria to “Pal Around” with Terrorists?

The minute I heard that John McCain snuck into Syria to speak with “rebels” fighting the Syrian government, I knew it was not going to end well. Naturally the cynic in me laughed uncontrollably at the thought of a 150-year-old John McCain, attempting to reprise the role of “John Rambo” famously played by Sylvester Stallone in the First Blood movie franchise. Aside from the good Senator possibly breaking a few bones in his ongoing quest as the warmongering maverick of a guy, I figured we were in for an embarrassment. As the wicked liberal Gods of comedy would have it, I was right. No, McCain did not break any bones. However, if anything belonging to McCain that was broken this week, it would be his ego.

This from LiveLeak:

U.S. Senator John McCain claims that he can identify the “good guys” in Syria, yet he was photographed with a known affiliate of the rebel group responsible for the kidnapping of 11 Lebanese tourists one year ago, during a brief and highly publicized visit inside Syria this week.

The U.S. senator became the highest-level American official to enter Syria since the uprising began. A former presidential candidate and staunch opponent of President Barack Obama’s Syria policy, he has been leading calls to better arm moderate opposition groups fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad.

During a brief visit to northern Syria from Turkey, confirmed by his office Monday, McCain met with rebel leaders calling for greater support in their fight against Assad. He was accompanied by the chief of staff of the rebel Supreme Military Council, Gen. Salim Idriss.

The tourists were kidnapped by armed rebels in Azaz, in Syria’s Aleppo province, in May last year as they were making their way back to Lebanon on a bus tour.

The photo, released by McCain’s office, shows McCain with a group of rebels. Among them are two men identified in the Lebanese press as Mohamed Nour and Abu Ibrahim, two of the kidnappers of the group from Lebanon.

Gee, that white man "paling around with terrorists," looks awfully a lot like John McCain, doesn't he?
Gee, that white man “paling around with terrorists,” looks awfully a lot like John McCain, doesn’t he?

Daniel Shoueib, a relative of one of the hostages, who was reading the news of McCain’s surprise and unexpected visit, was shocked to see the photo which showed men he recognised as the kidnappers on May 22, 2012. Daniel went on to criticise American policy, specifically the sponsoring and support of terror groups who are responsible for acts such as sectarian kidnappings. .. points to the sign in the larger version of the photo which among other words printed, says “New Syria”.

Clearly, John McCain needs to have a seat somewhere. Preferably, that “somewhere” would be here in the United States. Of course I could be making a big deal out of nothing as always. Bu,t when John McCain stucks his nose in this mess as he did, it was bad enough. Sure this was yet another attempt to make President Barack Obama look bad. Yep, hanging out with real live rebels has a way of giving you street cred when it comes to global politics. But when said rebels turn out to be terrorists with ties to al-Queda, that’s just downright embarrassing in the eyes of the public.

Thankfully, McCain didn’t show up with a few crates of guns, missiles, and ammunition for his terrorist pals.

You may not see this as being troublesome, but it is. Why? Because less powerful or influential people have been jailed for less here in the United States. Case ib point, check out what happened to an American citizen with a funny-sounding first and last name back in April of this year.

This from WLS-TV Chicago:

Abdella Ahmad Tounisi of Aurora was taken into custody at O’Hare Airport on Friday.

Prosecutors say he was attempting to travel to Syria to join a jihadist militant group. He had a one-way ticket to Turkey when he was taken into custody, charged with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Abdella Tounisi father, Ahmad Tounisi says his 18-year-son is a kind kid who is in college and prays every day. Ahmad Tounisi says he does not believe a word of the federal complaint against his oldest child.

[…] According to the FBI’s complaint, the teenager spent months online searching various terrorist websites.

In late March 2013, Tounisi allegedly made contact with someone he thought was a recruiter for a jihadist militant group that is responsible for hundreds of terrorist attacks.

Instead, Tounisi’s alleged online contact turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.

Tounisi talked about his willingness to die for the cause in email exchanges, according to the FBI complaint.

Ahmad Tounisi is Jordanian and he says all of his children were born in America. He believes his son is being targeted because of his religious beliefs.

“If you are at a mosque daily prayer, it raised a red flag,” he said.

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Isn’t that something? An 18-year-old young man was arrested on suspicion of terrorism while attempting to fly to Syria and join the fight with John McCain’s rebel friends. Meanwhile, we have the good Senator paling around with terrorists and posing for a “wish you were here,” post card. I don’t know whether it was McCain’s intent to log this little trip as another notch in the fence of maverickdom, but I know he has failed horribly. But be that as it may, sadly, you will not see McCain arrested and thrown in jail like they have other people here in America with ties to terrorists.

Still think Obama is wrong not to arm the Syrian rebels?