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Col. Harvey: Brian Williams Tried to Impugn Petraeus' Character

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 11:54 AM

The Brian Williams scandal is illustrative of the challenge the military has long faced in getting accurate and truthful reporting to the American public, Col. Derek Harvey, a former intelligence officer and adviser to Gen. David Petraeus, said Tuesday on "America’s Forum" on Newsmax TV.

"A U.S. military leader like David Petraeus has to walk a fine line," Harvey said when asked about Williams’ previously critical coverage of Petraeus. "It's very important to communicate what's going on and he needs to be circumspect about making larger statements that are outside his purview.

"Williams tried to distort much of what Gen. Petraeus meant and what his role was by impugning his character and his perspective."

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Harvey said it’s important to maintain the practice of embedding journalists preferably those who "are reporting the facts, are objective and provide a narrative that is nuanced and explainable" with troops, though when you have someone with a clear agenda, it becomes a vulnerability.

"Gen. Stanley McChrystal's staff did him a great disservice by bringing in a person from Rolling Stone that had a clear point of view," he said, referencing a 2010 Rolling Stone article that quoted the former commander of the war in Afghanistan mocking his civilian commanders, remarks that were reportedly off the record.

The article led to McChrystal’s resignation after being called back to Washington by President Barack Obama.

"On the other hand, there are very well respected reporters from The Washington Post, New York Times and others that have done a very good job of communicating what's going on, addressing the nuances and complexities and getting it right from our view."

Harvey also discussed President Obama’s languid strategy against radical Islam.

"There is not a coherent strategy that is aligned with American interests and with supporting our allies and our partners in the region," he said. "Also, the humanitarian interest we have in that part of world. They are very tactically oriented and looking at things through a political prism.

"An apologist agenda on one hand, and on the other hand an idea that America should not have a larger role as it's had in the past, and that America is part of the problem rather than a good role model for the world."

On the president’s expected request for an authorized use of military force, Harvey would like to see "a set of authorities that allows the military as well as the CIA and others to have the authorities to take action against the Islamic State under a set of rules and procedures that don't tie their hands, but give them a great deal of liberty to strike ISIS wherever they are at."

When asked to be more specific, Harvey said that would include Asia or Africa.

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The Brian Williams scandal is illustrative of the challenge the military has long faced in getting accurate and truthful reporting to the American public, Col. David Harvey, a former intelligence officer and adviser to Gen. David Petraeus, said Tuesday on Newsmax TV.
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