Posted by | July 23, 2008 12:31 | Filed under: Top Stories

Referring to Obama’s claim that the surge was not soleley responsibile for increased scurity in Iraq, McCain made the false claim that the surge began the Anbar Awakening, a term used to refer to the Sunnis coming on board to work with the coalition forces.

McCAIN: I don’t know how you respond to something that is such a false depiction of what actually happened. Colonel McFarland was contacted by one of the major Sunni sheiks. Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening. I mean, that’s just a matter of history.

Crooks and Liars has the transcript that shows that instead of airing what McCain said, above, CBS edited into that answer audio from an earlier question:

Q1 Sen. Obama has indicated that by his failure to acknowledge the success of the surge, that he would rather lose a war than lose a campaign.

Meanwhile, McCain’s falsehood was edited out, and  didn’t air as part of the CBS interview.  CNN did, however, air the omitted footage, as Think Progress reports:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWy9-TgAwQw&eurl=http://thinkprogress.org/2008/07/22/mccain-anbar-history/]

In April, 2007, the New York Times reported that the turnaround in Anbar had begun the previous fall, in September, 2006.  The surge wasn’t announced until January, 2007.

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