Scarborough on the Surge and the Anbar Awakening

Much has been made in the media about how John McCain shot himself in the head when he told CBS News’ Katie Couric on Tuesday:

Colonel McFarlane (phonetic) 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. Thanks to General Petraeus, our leadership, and the sacrifice of brave young Americans.

On his little-watched Morning Joe program on MSNBC (vid, next page), Joe Scarborough quotes Mike Cooper in the New York Times this morning:

The Obama campaign was quick to note that the Anbar Awakening began in the fall of 2006, several months before President Bush even announced the troop escalation strategy, which became known as the surge. (No less an authority than Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top commander in Iraq, testified before Congress this spring that the Awakening “started before the surge, but then was very much enabled by the surge.”)

Don’t know if Keefums will stand for that, Joe.

Anyway, as we’ve seen, the media has been pushing the notion that John McCain has lost his raison d’etre, with the mentally aging Joe Klein leaping laughably to the fore on this one. (Check it out. His latest reads like one of the more lame cases of a BO release.)

Here’s Joe Scarborough, a much better Joe, addressing this matter this morning: