Not that Petraeus said this: he has been saying this since at least January, and that quote came straight out of his written, prepared statement to the committee. What I'd be interested to know is what the committee members said in reply: did they question him at length on this? Did they let it drop like a hot rock? Did they pretend their hearing aid went faulty at just that very moment? Petraeus can say this until he is blue in the face, be HE doesn't make policy.
Red Cross: Scale of sexual violence in South Sudan is unprecedented (Reuters)
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