Sen. John McCain’s Monday decision to sneak into Syria for a photo-op with rebel commanders is quickly going from publicity stunt to embarrassment, with the revelation that one of the “commanders” in question is the head of a kidnapping ring.
According to freed kidnap victims, the photo shows Abu Ibrahim, the leader of the rebel Northern Storm brigade, which has been fighting in Aleppo and whose strategy has centered around kidnapping foreigners and Shi’ites and holding them for ransom.
McCain’s spokesmen have issued statements terming the incident “regrettable,” but insisting that McCain had no way of knowing who the rebel commanders he took pictures with were, adding that none introduced themselves as Abu Ibrahim.
Which of course underscores the problem with McCain’s visit. He was eager to endorse the rebels and rushed headlong into the country to give his imprimatur to the civil war, but he showed little interest in finding out who the rebels he was posing with were, or what they stood for. That they were on the side of a war that McCain is hoping to suck the US into was simply good enough for him.
9 thoughts on “McCain’s Syria Photo-Op Included Rebel Kidnapper”
They terrorists/kidnappers are dumb. They would have got the largest ransom had they kidnapped a senator.
McCain didn't know…?? what els is new…, this man is with the forces of darkness live in dark places not knowing anything from day one.., how did he become the caliber of politician he is.., is part of not knowing anything, feeling for nothing but making toons of money.., like that other guy alike..,, whatever his, their name is.
"insisting that McCain had no way of knowing who the rebel commanders he took pictures with were, adding that none introduced themselves as Abu Ibrahim."
And yet, he wants the US to arm them? Do they not see the absurdity here?
He went there to try to bolster the drive to arm the rebels, and instead it is turning into a perfect example of why we should not.
"…McCain had no way of knowing who the rebel commanders he took pictures with were,…"
Of course he didn't know. It's part of senility.
does it underscore 'the problem' with McCain or reinforce a storyline? Was it initial or was it a 'goof' –was McCain sending a message to Islamists, and/or was he inside Syria (as the front co. message implies…) on his own or maybe was really representing the US-Obama agenda?
What if there really is a connection between McCain and Islamist and the group in Turkey recently busted with sarin gas and that this is part of a larger plot –as some suggest? What if this is part of a sophisticated trap?
Bay of Pigs, Gulf of Tonkin. Yellow Cake….eh?
Iran-Contra blew up in America's gullible face because ONE lone Iranian dropped intel into a Lebanese journalist lap -and it made copy. Then a cargo plane (C123) was dropped in 'enemy' space and a phone book and a lone survivor…and the dots were connected.
Don't count all your chickens…as the saying goes.
Look at the flag behind him in the picture above. Very telling. This guy is a traitor and an should share a cell with Pollard.
The man was totured in the Vietnam War, yet he supports torture. Talk about mainstream brainwash.
So, McCain’s spokesmen have admitted to a little oops… what about the Man himself? Has he made a statement yet? We already know from history that he really hates to admit he was wrong. Any chance he might come on one of the Sunday shows and admit that, yeah, it is problematic identifying who the good guys are in Syria? I didn't think so…
And I really don't think that the humanitarian issues in Syria are why McCain and Graham are so wound up to get us involved in Syria. I really don't think they care an iota for the Syrian people…just as they didn't/don't care about the Iraqi people – or the Iranian people – or the American people for that matter.
Senator John McCain
"Bear of Little Brain"!
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