Sen. John McCain used his holiday time to sneak into Syria from Turkey, with the help of the Syrian Emergency Task Force, which has an office in Texas.
McCain met with rebel leaders trying to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad.
McCain is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the country since the civil war began two years ago. And, he is just the guy the rebels want to see.
McCain is quite vocal in trying to get the Obama administration to give the rebels more lethal aid. That would be guns, bullets, rockets and bombs.
But the administration is not convinced that any weapons sent to the rebels will not be used against us later by terrorist groups. And there appears to be good reason to think that.
This weekend, McCain met with leaders of the Free Syrian Army, a coalition of rebel groups that sometimes collaborates with al-Nusra, a jihadist group aligned with al-Qaeda in Iraq, and which the State Department lists as a terrorist organization.
Sometimes there is a lot to be said for caution.