Petraeus' Hand Was Forced

I've criticised the White House media operation over Pastor Jones below, but Justin Elliott of has this explanation of why General Petraeus, and thence the White House, needed to weigh in.

To grasp the real story here, one has to understand the context in which Petraeus decided to weigh in: At that time, the Quran burning had already been treated as a major story in the media in the Muslim world for several weeks. In other words, since at least late July, when it started to get attention in some Muslim-majority countries, the story has been doing untold damage to America's reputation.


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