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We’ve been hitting the clownish, if dangerous, Jeffrey Goldberg that past couple days so it’s good to see Glenn Greenwald arrive with a full skewering today: "he’s so representative of the American media because the more discredited his journalism becomes, the more blatant propaganda he spews, the more he thrives in our media culture."
Important Andrew Bacevich op-ed in Wash Post on the endless Afghan war and how that won’t change under Gen. Petraeus. Concludes: "The responsibility facing the American people is clear. They need to reclaim ownership of their army. They need to give their soldiers respite, by insisting that Washington abandon its de facto policy of perpetual war."
Think Progress: On ABC this morning, CIA chief Leon Panetta admits maybe only 50 to 100 al-Qaeda in Afghan, meaning at least 1,000 U.S. troops per… As we predicted: Sen. Diane Feinstein, a top Dem on foreign affairs, says if Petraeus wants to extend troop drawdown deadline for gosh sake "give it to him."
The Independent from London: McChrystal’s last briefing for NATO said expect no progress next six months, could take years.
Frank Rich: McChrystal should have been canned earlier and whole affair puts doubts on Obama handling of Afghanistan (not to mention inept mainstream media leaving story to Rolling Stone, which is on a real winning streak)…. Important Dexter Filkins follow on his mindblower of a couple weeks back on Karzai trying to strike deal with the Taliban: this has the latter’s biggest foes in the country hopping mad … Great new NYT multimedia project following one U.S. battalion in Afghanistan….