How General Petraeus Is Kind of Like Charlie Sheen

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US Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and commander of US Forces Afghanistan, testifies during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee March 15, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Petraeus is in Washington to give his assessment of military progress that would allow the US to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/2011 AFP

"General Petraeus is giving us the Charlie Sheen counter-insurgency strategy, which is to give exclusive interviews to every major network, and to keep saying 'we're winning' and hope the public actually agrees with you." — Democratic congresswoman Lynne Woolsey, quoting, on the House floor this morning, an observation made by Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings in a private meeting with the Congressional Progressive Caucus Peace and Security Task Force on Tuesday. [Hill]