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Rolling Stone profiles Petraeus

Michael Hastings, the Rolling Stone reporter who took out Gen. McChrystal, returns with a profile of Gen. Petraeus. As best as I can tell, Hastings has nothing new to say. Cliches such as "King David" abound in the article, but the low point is this hackneyed quote: "Karzai is crazy — or crazy like a ...

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Michael Hastings, the Rolling Stone reporter who took out Gen. McChrystal, returns with a profile of Gen. Petraeus. As best as I can tell, Hastings has nothing new to say.

Cliches such as "King David" abound in the article, but the low point is this hackneyed quote:

"Karzai is crazy -- or crazy like a fox," says Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the leading opposition figure. "He's too skillful at playing games and too retarded when it comes to the rationale. He can't play the role the people of Afghanistan and the international community expect him to play. He will get deeper and deeper into this problem and drag us down as well."

Michael Hastings, the Rolling Stone reporter who took out Gen. McChrystal, returns with a profile of Gen. Petraeus. As best as I can tell, Hastings has nothing new to say.

Cliches such as "King David" abound in the article, but the low point is this hackneyed quote:

"Karzai is crazy — or crazy like a fox," says Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the leading opposition figure. "He’s too skillful at playing games and too retarded when it comes to the rationale. He can’t play the role the people of Afghanistan and the international community expect him to play. He will get deeper and deeper into this problem and drag us down as well."

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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