It appears…. as we move past the immediacy of the self sacking of General Stanley McChrystal (McC) ….that all the stars were alined against the General….
Most of the damaging interviews occurred during the time the Volcano in Europe stuck McC and his staff in Europe……
The author of the piece, Michael Hastings, was a 5 year war reporter….who didn’t really like the war….
Hastings seems to be appalled at the freewheeling operation of McC’s staff…
And the media had just wound down from it Oil Spill coverage after Obama’s address to the country……
I said it before in along post…
McC knew what he was saying wasn’t the soldier’s to say in public…
Privates and even Sergeants could get away it….
General’s could not…..
Hastings was from Rollings Stone for goodness sake!..
The Anti-Establishment Haven..
WTF was McC and his staff thinking?
Off the record???
While McC actually had a lot in common with the underlining anti-establishment ideology of the Magazine (he was a hell raiser at West Point )
(Speciel Operators follow orders….but are taught from day one to be able to think outside the box….and for that reason they are not very well liked by regular army officers…
the feeling is mutual I’m led to believe)
He WAS a general officer!
In the end Hastings just became the vehicle to have the other political players have McC walk the plank….
Off the record….
He and his staff should have done their homework….
And known better…….
as they say in the military
‘Check your six’
Cover your rear
The general and his aides had faced down terrorists and the enemies of America. They had welcomed into their midst journalists from top news outlets. The result had been stories that mostly made the men running the war in Afghanistan look like a bunch of can-do warriors.
But Team McChrystal and its leader met their downfall this week because they failed to recognize, as soldiers like to say, that the opponent, and the situation on the ground, had changed.
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Since the last time McChrystal and his men popped off to gain political advantage, the president of the United Stated had made it abundantly clear he wanted more team play. Sensitivity about the war had increased, as the U.S. deployment and casualties climbed.
Most important, the Rolling Stone reporter they invited in to write a profile, Michael Hastings, didn’t have to tussle with the competing priorities of the mainstream beat reporters who had come before him. If McChrystal and his men had thought it through, they might have realized that Hastings was in for just one hit. Hastings didn’t need to play nice in hopes of getting access to McChrystal down the road. The piece, as a result, was no-holds-barred.
Merely by reading his online bio they would have learned that this journalist they invited into their inner sanctum was something more than the “dirty Rolling Stone hippie” who Jon Stewart suggested had such an easy path to outdoing the dunderheaded mainstream media.
Hastings, 30, had already covered America’s wars for five years. He had made plain his skepticism about the chances of victory in Afghanistan. He had boldly written about the death of his fiancée in an ambush in Iraq, turning aside critiques from some journalists that he was too ready to dissect a personal tragedy.
In one Web posting, the Vermont native and NYU grad wrote of his admiration for “writers who live their lives with integrity and without compromise.” By phone from Kabul Thursday, Hastings said that in some ways he admired the renegade McChrystal. Recalling the darkly evocative fiction that McChrystal wrote as a West Point cadet (including one story in which the protagonist assassinates the president), Hastings commented: “His attitude was, like, [stick it to] ‘The Man.’ And those sorts of attitudes exist in me, on a certain level.”
It appears now that the hardheaded, make-my-own-rules military man didn’t recognize that the latest in a series of interlocutors was not like the others. Michael Hastings was the most dangerous kind of adversary — a kindred spirit.Share on Facebook