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Gen. Stanley McChrystal on the Downside of Drones

“Wars are ultimately determined in the minds of populations,” the retired commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan told the BBC this month.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE



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New Details Emerge About Michael Hastings’ Death

When journalist Michael Hastings died in a car accident in Los Angeles early on the morning of June 18, he left a trail of questions in his wake. On Tuesday, L.A. officials—along with his family—finally had some answers.

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Freedom and ‘Our Sacred Honor’

We find ourselves, 237 years after the Founders declared us a new nation, in a season of discontent, even surliness, about the experiment they launched. We are sharply divided over the very meaning our founding documents, and we are more likely to invoke the word “we” in the context of “us” versus “them” than in the more capacious sense that includes every single American.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Michael Hastings

Hastings’ death is a loss to readers who would have profited from his continued devotion to telling the stories of American politics and the military with fewer inhibitions than lesser reporters.

Posted on Jun 22, 2013 READ MORE


Rachel Maddow Gives Emotional Tribute to Michael Hastings

On her program Tuesday, the MSNBC host recounted her many years of friendship with the young but accomplished journalist who had died in a car crash in Los Angeles earlier that day.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Reporter Who Brought Down the ‘Runaway General’ Dead at 33

Michael Hastings is best known as the Rolling Stone contributor whose reporting ended the military career of Gen. Stanley McChrystal but more important, he was a fearless reporter who did not suffer bullshit answers. He died Tuesday at the age of 33 in a car crash.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Sucking Up to the Military Brass

Pruning a few bad apples from the upper branches of the military tree is going to do little enough when the rot extends to root and branch. Required is more radical surgery if America is to avoid ongoing debilitating conflicts and the disintegration of our democracy.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE


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Petraeus Fires Off First Set of Guidelines to Troops in Afghanistan

Now that Gen. Stanley McChrystal has departed the scene, Gen. David Petraeus has assumed command of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and in a tactical document released Sunday he revisited one of his predecessor’s ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 2, 2010 READ MORE


Gates

Gen. McChrystal’s Last Champion

It might have been better for Gen. Stanley McChrystal if Defense Secretary Robert Gates had piped up a little earlier but, nonetheless, Gates comes to McChrystal’s, uh, defense in this interview with The Associated Press.

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Rolling Stone’s Hastings Bags Book Deal

Rolling Stone scribe Michael Hastings is still riding high from his big score about “Runaway General” Stanley McChrystal—who has, it should again be noted, been obliged to evacuate the scene of the story since the piece was published—and now ...

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lorie L. Jewell

Petraeus Takes Charge

Here we have a man whose job nobody should envy: Gen. David Petraeus was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday to take over the top U.S. command post in Afghanistan ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Petraeus Gets Tactical About Afghanistan

On Tuesday, Gen. David Petraeus succeeded in convincing the Senate Armed Services Committee that he’s fit to take over for Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan, and he hinted that strategic shifts may be on the way ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Colbert Report’: Toppling Gen. McChrystal

Rolling Stone’s It Boy Michael Hastings shows up in this clip from Monday’s “Colbert Report” to clarify that he didn’t have an explicit agenda to get Gen. Stanley McChrystal fired, even though that’s what ended up happening.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: The McChrystal Affair; Financial Regulation Redux

On this week’s show, Robert Scheer opines that the current financial regulation bill favors big banks—here we go again—and doesn’t do much to help consumers. Meanwhile, Gen. Stanley McChrystal is free to explore other career options.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on McChrystal

If you missed Robert Scheer discussing his latest column and Gen. McChrystal with readers or you just want to relive the excitement, you can read the full transcript here.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: McChrystal’s Balls

What was Gen. Stanley McChrystal thinking when he allowed Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings the kind of access that several other members of the media can only marvel about obsessively in this “Daily Show” clip?

Posted on Jun 24, 2010 READ MORE


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The White House / Pete Souza

So Long, Gen. McChrystal

To complete the thought, we should add: Hello, Gen. Petraeus. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama confirmed rumors that he would replace the embattled Gen. Stanley McChrystal with the more administration-friendly ... (continued) Updated

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 READ MORE


Report: Obama Gives McChrystal the Boot

Prior to official word from the White House about the fate of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, NBC News reported on Wednesday that the president “has decided to relieve Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his command over all U.S. military forces in Afghanistan.”

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 READ MORE


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U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Thomas Dow

General Discharge

Rolling Stone’s definitive piece on the “Runaway General” establishes the man in charge of the Afghanistan misadventure as an egotistical flake whose half-baked Afghan war-fighting strategy should never have been endorsed in the first place.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Gibbs: ‘All Options Are on the Table’ in McChrystal Crisis

Yes, Gen. Stanley McChrystal should have exercised a little military discipline over his own behavior in front of a Rolling Stone reporter when he chose to show a less-than-professional attitude toward ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Richard Vogel

The Taliban’s Glossy New Front in the Battle for Hearts and Minds

It’s sleek, it’s glossy, it’s in eloquent Arabic, Pashto and Dari, and it pours derision on American and NATO forces in Afghanistan; it is the brand new propaganda wing of the Taliban: not just Internet video of attacks on the Western armies in Helmand and Kandahar, but professionally produced magazines.

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 READ MORE


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McChrystal Apologizes for Afghan Civilian Deaths

America’s top military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, took to the Afghan airwaves Tuesday to apologize for the deaths of 27 civilians in an airstrike led by U.S. forces last week, according to The Christian Science Monitor.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE


Afghan Wordplay

While “serious,” the situation in Afghanistan is no longer “deteriorating.” So says Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of NATO forces in the country, pointing to progress in the military effort there.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Army Sgt. David Alvarado

McChrystal Discusses Afghanistan Plan

America’s top brass in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, sat down for a talk with the Financial Times last week about his strategy in the South Asian nation, how long he thinks U.S. troops will remain there and the possibility of the Taliban’s participation in the Afghan government.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE


McChrystal: Defeating Bin Laden, Taliban Key to Afghanistan Victory

This may sound more like a press release from Captain Obvious than incisive strategic commentary from one of our nation’s top military leaders, but lest it be overlooked, Gen. Stanley McChrystal recommends that the U.S. capture Osama Bin Laden and push back on the Taliban as two crucial action items on America’s to-do list for Afghanistan.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


Bring Them Home, Mr. President

It is wrong to sacrifice troops without military goals that are clear, achievable and worthwhile. And what goals in Afghanistan remotely satisfy those criteria?

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Daniel Martin Moman

U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Rains on Surge Parade

Karl W. Eikenberry, a former top-ranking general who once commanded allied forces in Afghanistan and now leads America’s diplomatic mission in Kabul, has reportedly urged President Obama to delay any escalation of the war until Hamid Karzai ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Ahmad Masood, pool

America Performs Its Familiar Role of Propping Up a Dictator

Could there be a more accurate description of the Barack Obama-Gordon Brown message of congratulations to the fraudulently elected Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan? Now we have the venal, corrupt, sectarian Karzai in power after a poll far more ambitiously rigged than the Iranian version, and – yup, we love him dearly.

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 READ MORE



USMC / Sgt. Christopher R. Rye

Scott Ritter on Afghanistan: Don’t Believe the Hype

Is the war in Afghanistan worth the sacrifice of even one American life? Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter says, “No! ... We are allowing the battle in Afghanistan to be defined by a domestic American political imperative. There is no urgency in Afghanistan, there is urgency in Washington, D.C.”

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Anja Niedringhaus

Keeping Afghanistan Safe From Democracy

The most idiotic thing being said about America’s involvement in Afghanistan is that the best way to protect the 68,000 U.S. troops there now is by putting an additional 40,000 in harm’s way. 

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Artur Shvartsberg

Today’s U.S. Army and Its Ambitions

It is possible that the creation of an all-professional U.S. Army has been Congress’ most dangerous decision.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



USMC / Sgt. Christopher R. Rye

Scott Ritter on Afghanistan: Don’t Believe the Hype

Is the war in Afghanistan worth the sacrifice of even one American life? Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter says, “No! ... We are allowing the battle in Afghanistan to be defined by a domestic American political imperative. There is no urgency in Afghanistan, there is urgency in Washington, D.C.”

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Fraidoon Pooyaa

U.N. Calls for Reinforcements in Afghanistan

While the Obama administration continues to mull over its options regarding America’s commitment to the war in Afghanistan, the United Nations Security Council has voted to urge “member states to contribute personnel, equipment and other resources” to the ongoing conflict.

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 READ MORE


Gen. McChrystal’s Celebrity Weekend

It is not for McChrystal to leak his staff’s strategic plans to The Washington Post, do the celebrity circuit and tell the public in so many words that if he doesn’t have his way the United States can expect defeat and humiliation in Asia.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE


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McChrystal Draws Support, Scorn on Capitol Hill

What’s the right way for a top general to advise the president about wartime strategy? What if his recommended strategy is potentially at odds with the president’s preferred course of action? Gen. Stanley McChrystal ran up against these questions in recent days, and not everyone in Washington thinks he handled his part in the matter appropriately.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Put a Sock in it, Stan

How to proceed in Afghanistan will be among the most difficult and fateful decisions that President Obama ever makes. But he’s the one who has to decide, not his generals.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE


Black Hawk in Afghanistan
Flickr / U.S. Army

Team Obama Split on Afghanistan Question

Last week, Gen. Stanley McChrystal made his case, very directly and publicly, that the window of opportunity for “winning” in Afghanistan won’t be open indefinitely and that troop increases are crucial to that strategy. But is he right? Not everyone in or orbiting the White House these days is completely sold.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE


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Flickr / U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Marcus J. Quarterman

McChrystal to Send Troop Request by Week’s End

The Obama administration is reconsidering its Afghanistan strategy in light of Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s startling “mission failure” warning. It’s unclear whether the White House will go along with McChrystal’s call for up to 40,000 more troops—but the general is apparently going to go ahead with his request over the next few days.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009 READ MORE


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Pentagon Puts a Hold on Troop Increase Request

Although the word is already out that Gen. Stanley McChrystal is about to submit a formal request to the White House to send more American troops to Afghanistan, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the Pentagon has told McChrystal to wait, perhaps to let the Obama administration reconsider its next move.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 READ MORE



USAF / Senior Airman Sheila deVera

Afghanistan Surge Limited by ‘Dwell Time’

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, may ask for more troops, but whether he’ll get any is in doubt. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has already moved to expand the Army, but getting troops the downtime they need between deployments will limit how many can be sent to the escalating war in South Asia.

Posted on Aug 16, 2009 READ MORE


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Hearts and Minds Redux

“Decapitation strategies don’t work.” Those words, uttered by the newly named U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, mark a shift in the military strategy in Afghanistan. Yes, indeed—it seems to have taken the Pentagon eight years to realize that “you’re going to have to convince people, not kill them.”

Posted on Jun 12, 2009 READ MORE


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