At a town hall meeting a Syrian immigrant blasts John McCain (R-AZ) over supporting the Syrian rebels who have ties to Al Qaeda. John McCain’s body language says it all. He initially refuses to make eye contact with the woman who stands begging before him less than a foot away from his face. “My cousin was killed last week!” Her words are strong, passionate and true. “We do not want another engagement in the Middle East. We do not want Al Qaeda to take over,” she screams. McCain simply looks away as if he is more concerned with getting back to his iPhone poker game. He even laughs at one point.


John McCain’s counter was simple. “I’ve been to Syria too,” he says. He provides no real substance other than an emotionally based argument that Assad is a butcher. John McCain joined only two other republicans in voting in favor of the Senate resolution to engage in a Syrian war. All eyes are now resting on the House to see how members will vote.

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  • Jonnydoe

    I say give the war pig a gun and send him to Syria to fight with the rebels if he supports them that much.

    • Tom Schneider

      McCain you are, in effect like some warlord & butcher. How many innocents has your pro-war (always pro-war) slant on things cost innocent families, mothers, fathers, children?? Someday I know you will be ashamed of what you’ve done, if there is any justice.

  • settheline

    I sure hope someone is running universal background checks on these “rebels”.

  • Scott Bergman

    There is more going on than meets the eye. If it were up to me I’d authorize the strike.

    • Michael Lotfi

      On what premise would you authorize Scott?

    • srmmedia

      You are right , there is a lot going on that does not meet the eye. Like the fact that this is not about Humanitarian crisis but instead it is a power grab by western economic forces to monopolize the regions oil and gas pipe lines. This is what the Saudi’s want so the US is sucking up to them. Wake up DOUCH

    • LocalHero

      On the basis of what international law? Do you realize that you’d be a war criminal and (rightly) prosecuted and hanged for your idiocy?

    • Justin Franklin

      Scott, I’m sure there is a recruitment office close to you. Go sign up, and request a deployment to Syria. Douche.

      • ronmexico1984

        Scott is a fat democrat loser… huddled like a fetid pud in his mother’s basement. He does not leave the house. His only source of income is SSI and pro facist/obama posts. Scott is everything that is wrong with the country.

  • Greg Staab

    What a disrespectful hatemonger. I pray that the rest of the Arizonians wake up and do not reelect this lying saber rattler. I didnt vote for him last time and wont next. We need people the the senate and congress that have our interests in mind an not the interests of the war machine.

  • Chris Short

    Anybody that is for a strike on Syria, how about we send you over first?

  • bumpysquish

    will somebody please put john out of his misery

    • Stacey

      They ought to lock him in a concrete bullet proof room with one of Biden’s double barrel shotguns, plenty of whiskey, giant movie screen, surround sound, and a year’s supply war movies.

  • Walter Shipley

    McCain didn’t listen! there’s hearing and then there’s really listening! McCain is a democrat, he wasn’t really listening to what she was saying. Poo on McCain!!

    • Jonnydoe

      No, he’s a progressive. Much worse.

      • JBlaze

        No, he’s not.

    • kelsey

      doesnt matter if hes a democrat or republican there all in the same boat…they all want more control,power,money.

  • Linda Gonzales

    John is in rare form during this video too

    McCain Badgers Chair of Families of POW/MIA Coalition

  • Stacey

    What a condescending individual McCain is! Just look at his body language and facial expressions. I had a hard time watching this. Not that I even came close to ever liking this man, but, now…now I am unable to even look at his image.

  • Kathie Wheeler

    SOS. Stay out of Syria. This is not a just war. Americans have a moral obligation to stand up and say NO, this is not just. We do not take sides with evil vs evil. We will not add to the plight of the Syrian people. We will not be a part of this, we are the people and we say NO.

  • JBlaze

    You learn a lot about people in these instances. Of course, most people could form this opinion long before. Now take that, and apply to EVERY POLITICIAN. Hate to break the news, but they all think they know better than the rest of us.

  • basspig

    War is profitable. The bankers make their financial killings on war. The war machine is big, and its lobby powerful. The citizen is but a wage slave, a debt slave, who has no voice in politics. When will there be an “American Spring”?

  • kelsey

    ok since our great us govt is the one that funded and trained al qaeda and we have started war with soooo many countries now they make up some bullshit about syria? There will be more and more bloodshed until us as american civilians stand up and say no more tyranny

  • Erika Roberg

    He can’t even look her in the eye… despicable!

  • glockstr

    Wow, how arrogant and dismissive. McCain thinks because he went on holiday and partied with some known terrorists that he knows better than a person who lived their.

    • edwr

      right on, exactly right

  • Sabrina

    McCain is the DEVIL

  • Kevin Merck

    She’s wasting her breath.
    McCain is a criminal with no morals and no conscience.

  • Benji Thompson

    “the woman who stands begging before him less than a foot away from his face.”

    Though this is a minor detail, it is still a very exaggerated statement appealing to one’s emotions. If you were to place a ruler onto the computer screen and measure the distance, one might calculate less than a foot in terms of distance on your computer screen, but this is obviously not an accurate measure for real distance. And like I said, this is a minor detail, but it does distract and subsequently diminish the value of the rest of your exposition.

  • edwr

    Let’s see now- You have Assad and his military, then you have the FSA (Free Syrian Army) which as I understand is the Moderate fighters that McCain met with and Obama wants to help. Lastly we have the Al Qaeda terrorists (Muslim Brotherhood) and these are the radicals that burn Christian Churches and execute people and eat their hearts and livers that want to implement Sharia law, right? Or do I have it all wrong? Please advise , thank you, edwr

    • LaylaBintSouri

      You’re close, but let me clear up a few things. First, I would like to say that I am Syrian American and my family is currently living in Syria. The US government calls the FSA moderate, but they are not. Two of the men Senator McCain met with in Syria are known to have kidnapped 11 Lebanese prior to that meeting. Also, Abu Sakkar, an FSA commander, is the one in the widely spread video showing him eating his enemies internal organs. Last night, on the news, they showed a video of FSA executing 51 Syrian soldiers. They were placed face down on the ground and shot in the head, one by one, and their bodies thrown in a well. Not moderate at all. The only moderates that protested against the Syrian government sat down with Al Assad a few months into the conflict and negotiated reforms, which the government agreed to. This included presidential elections, removal of emergency law, economic reforms, and a pardon and release of all protesters. The only people still fighting the Syrian Army are NOT moderates. So who are they? They are FSA, Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood (separate from AL Qaeda). When they are not fighting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), they are busy fighting and killing each other. They all have the same goal, to remove Al Assad, install a radical Islamic government, kill or displace all Alawites and Christians and force everyone remaining to live under the most radical form of Shari’a law. The Syrian people support their government against these radicals. Because I have received firsthand information about what is happening in Syria and have researched the news reported here and over there, and because my family’s lives are at stake, I support the government 100%. So does every other Syrian I know. My name is Leila Piazza and you can reach me via my Facebook page. I would be happy to answer any questions you have about Syria. And I ask that you contact your congressmen and tell them to vote against attacking Syria and to stop supporting the opposition forces there. Thank you!

      • ronmexico1984

        The majority of Americans believe your side but this country has been hijacked by Obama/McCain and the war machine. Our media, other than Ben Swann and a few others, are a sick and evil propaganda machine.

        • LaylaBintSouri

          Agreed. I just started hearing about Ben Swann. I like what I see.

  • Dan McCall

    McCain will do anything to make a buck for his defense contractor donors. He’ll even fly out to Libya and Syria to hang out with Al Qaeda fighters working with the CIA so there’s political cover for the illegal operations. To think this criminal was the Republican candidate for president in 2008 is almost as depressing as thinking about the guy that actually won. These guys raise the bar of the criminal class.

  • Spider

    Im an Arizonan and have never supported McCain, the worst day in my voting life was when I had the choice between him and Obama. I will defend him not looking at her right away, its obvious he cant hear her, which begs the question just how much does he miss out on? Anyone with hearing problems will testify that they miss out on much of their life. No wonder he played poker during the discussion, he probably couldn’t hear what was being said. It all adds to his uselessness and how desperatley we need to get rid of him. Id rather have an unknown take the place in every single office, there will be minimal favors to pay and minimal status quo. Removing them would put us out of our misery.

    • Scott Griffin

      Stop thinking that your only choice is (D) or (R) – that’s how things change. I voted for Harry Browne in 1996 and 2000, Michael Badnarik in 2004, Bob Barr in 2008 and Gary Johnson in 2012. I will continue to vote Libertarian and I will continue to bang the drum for the Libertarian party until people start listening. You may not like some of their social policy positions, but you can no longer deny that the corporatists who control this country (both (D) and (R)) are much, much worse.

  • Rothschild

    Print some cash. Slap it in congressman and senators pockets. Bomb Syria. Syria, Iran, and North Korea don’t have JP Morgan banks yet. Something has to be done.

  • Sandi Kathman

    She did not Blast McCain. She started out in a normal tone and as she became more emotional her voice rose. When McCain was not looking at her at the beginning he was listening. He smiled at one point in agreement with a statement the women had made. He did not laugh. His reply was much more than simple. He made a valid point. You just happen not to agree with it. I am a republican and do not agree with McCain’s position. You sir are a reporter. Do your job. State the facts as they are not how you would like to see them. Sensationalism and the Media are getting out of control.

    • Smartmom

      When she said “by diplomacy,” He looked over at others to his left smugly and
      raised his eyebrows in an INCREDIBLY condescending manner, and then
      laughed. Then again, looked away, and made the condescending look again to whomever was on his left when she stated that the American people do not want Al Qaeda to take over. Then HE LAUGHS AT HER –AS A WOMAN FROM SYRIA– when she informs him that Assad’s government is secular, and not a religious extremist government. As if his office in D.C. affords him insight over her life experience. Then tries to tell her that Assad is a butcher, while ignoring that we are ARMING men that are EATING THE ORGANS OF OTHER MEN. Sometimes life is sensational, McCain is an example of such surreality.

  • jenlt

    WOW, she is Syrian, from Syria, knows her country, people & Assad, explains what IS reality there & McCain turns away with a smirk on his face, then stands there nodding his head while she finished. She tells him that the “rebels” are not even Syrian, that they come from other countries. Then basically McCain calls her a liar, claiming he knows her country, people & Assad, apparently better than she. He has “met with the rebels” & knows who they are. Not as if we didn’t know that he knows, but to be so arrogant to stand there & just say it.
    I’m sorry, but can’t we just see the evil flowing from McCain & the likes, it’s almost like they are foaming at the mouth to go to war.
    I am so sick of hearing the term rebels for invaders. That’s what they are they are invaders, they don’t belong in that country, they are there for one thing & one thing only, destruction, like savages or barbarians & this is who this corrupt, illegitimate government wants to support, sending our sons & daughters off to behave like savages & barbarians as well. If these bastards want this war, they should go fight it themselves!!!!
    Doesn’t it just turn your stomach?

  • John Nevettie

    >>Israeli attack on USS Liberty<< (US Navy ship). John McCain's father ADMIRAL MCCAIN COVERED IT UP!!!

  • ax123man

    This is Exactly the way to expose these fascists. With hard, probing questions. I’m shocked this occurred. They normally don’t have to answer to anyone except lap dogs. Surround these people, corner them and don’t let them go until they’ve answered all the hard questions out there.

    Take a look at where the senate stands on this and compare it to public opinion polls. You are not a citizen of a representative republic.

  • BambiB


  • Bryant

    Democrats and republicans are a two headed snake. You all get mad at one head then vote for the other when it is the same snake. If America really wanted change they would vote LIBERTARIAN.

  • doncat

    McCain, and the rest of them. Do Not care what the American public thinks. If they have a need to invade a country they will. plain and simple. Thes people are Globalist backed by Corporations. It’s the Public, to them, are the liability and do not matter.

  • The Dude Abides

    McCain, Obama and all the rest of them aiding and supporting these rebels, need to arrested and tried for treason! US CODE= 18 USC § 2381 – Treason

    “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”

  • ytfytfufguy

    fix the fade out background so text is legible……………………………………………….

  • Jewelie Dee

    Now there’s someone whose opinion counts in this mess.

  • edwr

    McCain is a turn-coat, he is on Al-Qaeda side. He and/or his family is being threatened or Radical Islam has already converted to Islam. Wake up America, what other explanation could there be?