BENGHAZI, Libya — Calling his visit here, “one of the most exciting and inspiring days of my life” Republican Sen. John McCain called for the U.S. to formally recognize the transitional — yet largely unknown — rebel council here.
McCain, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the most vociferous advocate on Capitol Hill for U.S. intervention, also was the most prominent American to visit the liberated east since the uprising here began in February. He received a jubilant welcome here as residents waved American flags for the first time and cheered in the street as he canvassed the downtown.
Where signs once hung that read “No Foreign Intervention,” stood posters Friday along McCain’s route that said: “Thank you for your support. Thank you for saving our lives.”