“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.”
And yet here’s an article McFarland co-wrote which makes it clear that not only did the events he was involved with predate the surge, but he was out of Anbar by February 2007 — just as the first surge forces were arriving. The term “surge” doesn’t so much as appear in his account. Seth Colter Walls notes that McCain himself understood the chronology correctly at one point.
He’s not going to be able to keep doing this and remain buds with even the JV media. Eventually some reporter somewhere is going to say “well, I really like the guy, but there just may be a career to be made in pointing out that a candidate whose only recommendation is his foreign policy experience has to lie about it constantly in order to hide the fact that he really sucks at it.” Then the reporter will assemble a bunch of blog posts written over the last year, wiggle them around a bit to make them Presentable, and never look back.