It was only a matter of time.
You can only have so much tiger blood coursing through your veins until it spills into Washington culture and onto Capitol Hill. Serious “winning” happened today when Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) was speaking on the House floor and referred to Rolling Stone‘s Michael Hastings‘ comparison of David Petraeus to actor Charlie Sheen. Duh. It’s not hard to see the resemblance of the drug-addled actor to the commander of the U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Woolsey complained about the supposed July withdrawal of troops and wondered if and how that was going to happen.
Hastings made the comparison at a briefing Tuesday held by the Congressional Progressive Caucus Peace and Security Task Force. He referenced Sheen’s press strategy, as in the more the better. “General Petraeus is giving us the Charlie Sheen counter-insurgency strategy, which is to give exclusive interviews to every major network, and to keep saying ‘we’re winning’ and hope the public actually agrees with you,” The Hill’s Pete Kasperowicz reported today. Like Hasting, The Hill cashed in on Sheen’s nationwide spark and used his name in the headline: “Petraeus accused of ‘Charlie Sheen strategy’ on Afghanistan war.”
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