McCain arrives in Afghanistan on Fourth of July visit
July 4th, 2013
05:10 AM ET

McCain arrives in Afghanistan on Fourth of July visit

U.S. Senator John McCain arrived on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Thursday, a coalition spokeswoman told CNN.

The Arizona Republican is expected to meet with U.S. forces. He is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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  1. Reza

    I wonder who is paying for this old man's trip. What is he trying to do this useless man? Become famous now?

    July 8, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  2. Perk

    AC DC "Thunder Struck plays as McCain lands ? Good job Senator McCain !

    July 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  3. Pete

    @jomama,you know most of what I've said you've found factual so Google McCain the Saigon Songbird and while you're at it look up McCain and the Keating 5 S&L scandal in the 80s that cost Americans over 3.5 billion and McCain walked as well..His miliary records have been ordered sealed by his admiral father the excommander of the NATO task force involved in Vietnam so that's why a lot is not known about his actions in Vietnam,but prisoners there knew him and that's where the name Saigon Songbird came to be!!!

    July 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  4. denverboy1

    You know Im thinking McCain is thinking of Buying a summer House in Afgan-Land ..He's been over there like four times in the last few months..Either that or..or..The landscape remindes him of Arizona and he wants to see what a truly Religious Conservitive State would look like...Perhaps he's getting pointers on introducing Shiria law in Arizona..Im sure the GOP would be open top that kind of thing..There Imposing a Evangelical form of SHiria on AMerica everyday...Just ask Women and non-whites....They will tell ya all about it...

    July 6, 2013 at 10:54 am | Reply
  5. ?

    if i was in charge of the defense cabinet at this point i would focus on entrapment of terrorists, i would make my own camps, sell weapons, organize b s, you name it i would do it – you figure they will find the real people anyways who have the ability to form/fund more 911s – then i would blow them away – that would really be my priority at this point

    July 5, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Reply
    • Lincoln Burns in Hell

      Usually, when I fantasize, its with greasy porn.

      You seriously need to get laid.

      July 6, 2013 at 12:24 am | Reply
  6. David in Tampa

    Wascally Wabbit!!

    July 5, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  7. George patton

    Actually, John McCain has inadvertently became a national hero back in the 1960's and 70's as a POW in North Vietnam along with 600 others. This is because had they not been interned there, Richard Nixon would have nuked North Vietnam out of existence. That was Nixon's 1968 "secret" plan to "end the war" in Vietnam.

    July 5, 2013 at 9:35 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @George Patton,read up on McCain the Saigon Songbird who by other prisoners accounts said he was never mistreated or tortured being the Navy admirals son..Those injuries he recieved are from his jet crash at his own hands being taken care of in a Saigon hospital and being in the under 1% in graduates while in military academy he should of never been allowed to pilot jets but again his fathers rank came in to help didn't it crashing 5 jets before that one in Vietnam...Read facts it'll get you upset about his lies it did me!!

      July 5, 2013 at 10:33 am | Reply
      • Jomama

        You keep harping about that, Im going to check into it. I just don't have the time but got a weekend off.

        July 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
      • Lincoln Burns in Hell

        @ Jomama: "don't have the time".

        The anthem of the stupid.

        July 6, 2013 at 12:26 am |
      • Jomama

        Heheh good one

        July 6, 2013 at 9:57 am |
      • denverboy1

        No No No He's a GOP Hero..He's the Man who endured hard ship and pulled threrw he is another GOP poster child that just is not what they appear to be...

        July 6, 2013 at 10:57 am |
  8. EbonyDelite

    Please let the return plane take off without him!

    July 5, 2013 at 12:53 am | Reply
  9. ?

    he sais, the hell with it, when the military can't get it done after more than a decade they send in the senator with a bad limp and some major ptsd to get it done

    July 5, 2013 at 12:06 am | Reply
  10. Debbie

    Arizona is in flames and McCain is in Afganistan war mongering.

    July 4, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Just getting "out of the fire and into the pan"! McCain has no plan for anything, just like GWB! War is profitable, saving your own people is just an expense! Is he still clamoring to send our troops into Syria?

      July 5, 2013 at 8:20 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Well said, Debbie. This John McCain is a national disgrace!

      July 5, 2013 at 8:54 am | Reply
      • StanCalif

        McCain disgraced this country when he selected Palin for his running mate! What an idiot! Palin was better suited as his bedroom mate, if he had done any research.

        July 5, 2013 at 9:45 am |
  11. StanCalif

    McCaIn lost all his credibility when when he chose Sara Palin as his running mate!!! What an idiot! He would have been better off choosing her as his bedroom mate instead!

    July 4, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Reply
    • Alex279

      It is not McCain, but The People of Arizona who lost credibility by re-electing McCain again, again, and aiain...

      July 5, 2013 at 11:17 am | Reply
  12. Hank

    The ever bellicose Senator McCain once again goes to a war torn country so that he can revel in what he worshiops–War! I hope the good people of Arizona will get a whiff of the cordite and wake up.

    July 4, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      When will McCain shut up? He is out of date and irrelivant, just like Dick Cheney! Dick finally shut up, now John McCain needs to shut up! Go enjoy your enormous government pension (both of them)! Just go away, please!

      July 4, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  13. ?

    he did a fly-by in his old p52 mustang in order to spray at few at the enemy – ha just joking old annapolis boy would have been shot down without a doubt – third times the charm old man

    July 4, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  14. MIB

    Send the troops entertainers. What ever he has to say he can put it the stars and stripes.

    July 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      Korn and a few othet heavy metal bands are over in the middle east doing shows for the troops. A friend sent me some nice pics.

      July 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Reply
      • Lincoln Burns in Hell

        Korn is no more a "heavy metal band" than you are a "marine".

        July 6, 2013 at 12:28 am |
      • USMC1371

        I got my DD214 do you? Now STFU

        July 7, 2013 at 2:58 am |
  15. Pete

    Happy 4th of July all..McCain the Saigon Songbird on another trip at tax payers expense,must be nice!!First Syria,now Afghanistan and just like the previous post said how much republicans did it actually cost us..Did he get approval or does he have a government gold card to travel wherever he wants...Maybe we should have Issa and his committes investigate McCain and see if its all legit or maybe its something in selling weapons for the MIC behind Americas back!!

    July 4, 2013 at 9:33 am | Reply
    • USMC1371

      I hope they keep him but you shouldn't yell so loud pot while your boy is in Africa on a trip that cost taxpayers a lot more then Mcgubber did.

      July 4, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @usmc1371,you forgot one thing marine Pres.Obama IS THE PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES!!Not some delushional exvet senator that's railed against his own kind in the senate trying to cut vets health care coverage in Tricare and others..Just quit being so blind and do some reading on your Saigon Songbird marine and after you've researched you'll never look at McCain the same again,believe me!!And Bushs trips have cost more than Pres.Obamas even if only to Crawford Texas because he still used Air Force One bud and he being on vacation over 450 days in his first two years as our phantom president,facts hurt marine and it must hurt that you voted for that imbecile in Bushs as well,right!!

        July 5, 2013 at 11:08 am |
  16. Johnston Zoidberg

    How much do these trips cost and who's paying? Are they really necessary, he goes there pretty frequently. A senator's job is at home not taking trips. If he wants to help military personnel, take on the companies and lobbyists that propel us and extend our wars.

    July 4, 2013 at 9:24 am | Reply
    • Alex279

      Not a lot in comparison with other war costs. Depends on airlines and passenger class he flew as well as hotels he stayed in, if any. If he just boarded a C-17 cargo plane going to Afghanistan any way, then the cost is basically a few ready-to-eat meals for him and his entourage (he was not alone, was he?).

      Usefulness for public/troops? Completely useless, given that US troops are leaving any way and nobody cares about boosting their moral any more. Did't US enter into negotiation with Taliban in Qatar recently? Negotiations about what, exactly?

      Usefullness for McCain himself? Probably some. To remind public about his existence. Also bust his own ego by telling fellow senators that he still can do that - 12 to 16 hour flights are actially guite demanding for a person of his age.

      Usefulness for CNN - he just added 25 cents for CNN to write about.

      Who is paying for all that - Yoouuuuuuuuu, taxpayers. Dont' even ask, just pay.

      July 4, 2013 at 11:36 am | Reply
      • USMC1371

        Mcgubber on a C-17 now tharts funny!!!!!! You were being sarcastic I hope.

        July 4, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
      • MIB

        Make it a C-23

        July 5, 2013 at 6:08 am |
      • MIB

        No offense to the C-23 aircrews!!! But that craft..........................................................!

        July 5, 2013 at 6:24 am |

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