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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.

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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