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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:00 PM
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Anbar Sheik Cited By McCain Was Assassinated Last Year
Source: Huffington Post

The major Sunni sheik who John McCain said was protected by the surge and subsequently helped lead the Anbar Awakening, was actually assassinated by an al-Qaeda led group in midst of the surge.

On Tuesday evening, McCain falsely claimed that the downturn in violence in Iraq's Anbar province was a result of the surge, when in fact the surge began months afterward. Moreover, he said, if it weren't for the work of U.S. forces, the major Sunni figure leading that awakening wouldn't have had the protection he needed.

"Colonel MacFarland was contacted by one of the major Sunni sheiks," said the Senator. "Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening."

The Arizona Republican's campaign went further the next day, claiming that the major figures that turned around Anbar province would have been killed had the surge policy not been in place. "If Barack Obama had had his way, the Sheiks who started the Awakening would have been murdered at the hands of al Qaeda," said spokesman Tucker Bounds.


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/07/23/anbar-shiek-ci...
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arcos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:03 PM
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1. Amazing...
:rofl:
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jimshoes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:06 PM
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2. Besides not having his facts straight,
does lumpy have a crystal ball or something that he can state matter of factly what would have happened if a different set of circumstances had come about?
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progdonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:24 PM
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3. he didn't say "successfully"...
You can protect someone and still just do an awful job of it. So, no this doesn't count as a "gaffe"; Dear Lord-Who-Talketh-Straight McCain is of course absolutely correct.

Christ, can't you lie-berals just accept that McCain is going to be president and will fix all the damage that the Democrat Party has done to this country, starting with 9/11? (If only we'd had a Republican as president then.) Do you really want Biraq HUSSEIN Osama?

:crazy:
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:39 PM
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4. This makes the gaffe 1000 times worse. "the surge protected this guy"
.. but he died during the surge...
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:50 PM
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11. He was "Posthumously Liberated." n/t
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mwb970 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:51 PM
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5. Talk about a Ball Of Confusion.
mcCain just doesn't seem to know which way is up any more. I swear his dementia is worse now than he was during the primaries. By the time the election rolls around, he won't know what he's running for!
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JerseygirlCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:56 PM
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6. Oh that one's easy
It will be Obama's fault that happened. See? Problem solved!
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Doug.Goodall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:58 PM
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7. Gramps either has dementia, or he is just making this S4!T up
Pick one or the other, but McCain cannot be allowed to become President
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neuvocat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:21 PM
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9. A person can have both by deluding himself.
That's the problem with many R's. They tell themselves lies over and over in the hope that once they sincerely believe their own lies that other people will see that sincerity and support them.

But yeah, even separately each is enough to question his mental faculties.
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Indenturedebtor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:14 PM
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8. Gah quick! Somebody say something about Gas, Taxes, or Gay people!
Better yet.... how about a soundbite about a Homosexual Gas Tax!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111111111

Yeah that'll do it!

Oh look! Brittney Spears! no?

How about Jennifer Biel? :nod:
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:49 PM
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10. Al Qaeda can murder people TWICE? n/t
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0rganism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:26 PM
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12. the McCampaign just can't stop digging that hole
It's like they've got a cursed shovel that forces them to keep going deeper and deeper into the bowels of stupidity.

I could almost feel sorry for McCain if he wasn't such an asshat. Is he being hung out to dry by his party, which should be frontloading his organization with policy advisers who can manage the facts? Instead, for some unknown reason, it seems they want him to look extra-goofy.

They don't want to win, and McCain is getting set up as their fall guy.
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