Political Animal


December 20, 2012 2:37 PM Afternoon Reads

By Samuel Knight

-Gareth Porter, writing for Truthout, details how General Petraeus managed “the war of perceptions” in Afghanistan after taking over there in July 2010. Porter’s report includes details about how the General cited a controversial IED statistic and an outright false number of Taliban leaders captured by American troops.

-Salon’s David Sitora commends Sens. McCain, Feinstein, and Levin for openly criticizing Sony Pictures for falsely portraying torture in “Zero Dark Thirty.” However, he says they should have also publicly blasted the military and the CIA “which cooperated with the production of the movie — ostensibly with full knowledge that the story was wrong.”

-The House GOP continues to waste everybody’s time by claiming it has the votes to pass “Plan B” — their so-called plan for avoiding the fiscal cliff. But Harry Reid has called Speaker Boehner’s plans “non-starters” and President Obama has threatened to veto “Plan B” — to “‘Plan B’ ‘Plan B’,” to use a clumsy emergency contraceptive metaphor.

-Meanwhile, stock prices rose today — supposedly because Boehner said he’d continue to work with Obama on avoiding the fiscal cliff. Of course, there’s still time for the market to decline before the closing bell.

-Vladimir Putin insists that Russia cares more about stability in Syriathan about the fate of Bashar Al-Assad.

-The Atlantic Wire has compiled a list of The 50 Worst Columns of 2012. Proceed with caution.

Samuel Knight is a freelance journalist living in DC and a former intern at the Washington Monthly.


  • JEA on December 20, 2012 4:33 PM:

    Since WHEN are movies supposed to be factual...?

  • cwolf on December 20, 2012 5:52 PM:

    Is it finally OK to call that bum "Betrayus" ???

  • low-tech cyclist on December 20, 2012 9:31 PM:

    Nitpick: I think you meant David Sirota, not David Sitora.

  • N.Wells on December 21, 2012 7:58 AM:

    Boehner actually has a route out of the failure of his "Plan B" that could leave him looking like a hero to average voters and the media and which would put a lot of pressure on the Senate and the President to go along with his ideas. He could simply do what would be completely normal for a House Speaker in any other decade, by proposing a measure that is acceptable to enough members of the other party to find a majority and pass. It is only because he and his party have become so extreme that he insists on looking away from the Democrats and attempts to find a majority that is solely Republican. Fortunately, the chances of Boehner coming to his senses on this are minimal.

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