CIA party’s no posh affair

CIA head David Petraeus is all smiles, but his agency’s holiday party is muted. (Linda Davidson/THE WASHINGTON POST)

However, the agency’s public affairs office will be hosting an off-the-record cocktail reception in January. There’ll be hors d’oeuvres—but “because of governmental belt-tightening,” it’s a cash bar for alcohol: “(we promise at prices well below that of a beer on an airplane).”

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.
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