U.S. Sen. John McCain, one of the strongest proponents in Congress of the American military interference in Libya, said Friday that Libyan insurgent’s hostility Moammar Gadhafi's troops are his heroes.
The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee made the comment after incoming in Benghazi, a city that has been the resistance capital in the rebel-held eastern Libya.
McCain said he was in Benghazi "to get an on the ground estimation of the situation" and planned to meet with the rebel National Transition Council, the de-facto government in the eastern half of the country, and members of the dissenter military.
"They are my heroes," McCain said of the rebels as he walked out of a local hotel in Benghazi. He was peripatetic in a toughened Mercedes jeep and had a security detail. A few Libyans waved American flags as his vehicle herd past.