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August 16, 2010
2:00 PM

CONTACT: Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)

Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167

Petraeus Media Blitz

WASHINGTON - August 16 -

NORMAN SOLOMON, http://www.normansolomon.com
Solomon today wrote the piece "Gen. Petraeus Goes to Media War," which states: "Let's be clear about what's happening here. The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, with the evident approval of the White House, has launched a fierce media blitz to cripple the policy option of any significant military withdrawal a year from now. Riding high in what is supposed to be a civilian-run military, Petraeus is engaging in strategic media operations to manipulate what should be a democratic process on matters of war and peace."

Solomon, author of "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death" and president of the Institute for Public Accuracy, visited Kabul last year. He is available for a limited number of interviews.

LUCINDA MARSHALL
On "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Petraeus cited the recent Time cover story featuring a young Afghan woman with her nose cut off. Said Petraeus: "If you lose, it has, I think, some significant repercussions, not just for this country, although they would be enormous, and start with the cover of Time magazine for starters."

Marshall is director of the Feminist Peace Network, which just posted the piece "Time's Story About Afghan Women -- Questions Raised About Author's Vested Interests And Accuracy Of The Story."

See also "Time Magazine Once Again Trots Out the Tired and Inexcusable 'We're in Afghanistan (and Have to Stay) to Protect Women' Mantra"

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