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kevinmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:01 PM
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Crooks and Liars: McCain Debunks His Own Anbar Gaffe
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As we reported earlier today, Senator McCain was caught reinventing the Anbar awakening time line during an interview with Katie Couric Tuesday an interview CBS inexplicably edited to cover up for McCain.

Well, today HuffPos Seth Colter Walls has dug up even more proof that the awakenings most important progress occurred before the surge plan was publicly announced let alone implemented including remarks from John McCain and Joe Lieberman from an American Enterprise Institute speech in January 2007.

McCain:

Too often the light at the tunnel has turned out to be a train, but I really believe I really believe that theres a strong possibility that you may see a very substantial change in Anbar province due to this new changes in our relationships with the sheiks in the region. But its important, as I said in my opening remarks, that this troop surge be significant and sustained. Otherwise, dont do it.

Lieberman:

I wrote last week of a conversation I had after John and I and our delegation met with our military leadership in Anbar province a tough, brilliant, committed group of soldiers making progress there, turning the Sunni sheiks in that province to our side against Al Qaeda.

The McCain campaign released a statement last night in which they claim that the surge helped consolidate earlier gains in Anbar, but thats not what McCain said in his original remarks:

Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening. I mean, thats just a matter of history.

So either McCain is lying about the Anbar timeline, or hes simply confused about what happened and when. Either way, this has to be problematic for a candidate who is running on the sole platform of being better equipped to handle the war.

If I could venture a guess, I would say that McCain deliberately distorted the effects of the surge in order to argue that it alone is responsible for the the reduction in violence. As I said earlier, McCains only hope for winning in November is to convince enough voters that the surge is the only reason were winning in Iraq, and the he is primarily responsible for it. Once Barack Obama challenged that narrative by pointing out the Anbar awakening was already taking shape and fighting back against al Qaeda before the troop increase, McCain was left with no choice but to re-write history to comport with the version hes trying to tell.

UPDATE: Heres what McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said yesterday about Obama:

If Barack Obama had had his way, the Sheiks who started the Awakening would have been murdered at the hands of al Qaeda.

Well as it turns out, the sheik cited by McCain and Bounds was tragically murdered last year.


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WHEN CRABS ROAR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:14 PM
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1. You have to keep it simple for Americans, oh, and lie too.
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Gabi Hayes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:28 PM
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2. let's play the table/turning game. what if Obama had said something similar?
you'd NEVER hear the end of it, especially when this single issue is turning out to the CENTERPIECE of this pathetic campaign. it's THE major daily talking point being churned out in the blastfax boiler room. it's all they've got at this point

and the media are following the RNC lead, as usual

you won't hear/see/read ANYthing about this, as the story's already old news....one day old, so there's no need to discuss it anymore
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