Michael Hastings on the Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan

Friday, January 06, 2012

Michael Hastings, the reporter who wrote a Rolling Stone article that resulted in General Stanley McChrystal McChrystal being fired, discusses the military leaders behind America’s war in Afghanistan. In The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan, Hastings weighs in on the merits and failings of generals and the counterinsurgency experts, and exposes the complexity of a war he fears is unwinnable.


Michael Hastings

Comments [7]

jgarbuz from Queens

In every war, the top generals and commanders who got their stripes and cut their teeth on the PREVIOUS war and learned its lessons, which are not always applicable to the current situation. The French generals of WWII had their minds in the trenches of WWI. They did not see Blitzkrieg coming. The US generals today mostly are Vietnam war graduates, some of which was relevant, and some not. The grunts on the ground are the ones who learn quickly what is going on around them, and unfortunately that often takes time bubbling up to the top. Especially in a big bureaucracy that is the US military.

Jan. 06 2012 12:37 PM
The Truth from Becky

Don't make the excuse that they have been "at war" that long until they no longer respect for the commander in chief or the white house...gimme a break, they are just ignorant.

Jan. 06 2012 12:33 PM
Rita from manhattan

this authors book is a complete rehash of Woodwords book Obamas War

Jan. 06 2012 12:24 PM
john from office

This guest sounds like a snotty reporter, making fun of heros. He should have been fragged.

Jan. 06 2012 12:21 PM
Tony from bayside

Does Mr. Hastings think President Eisenhower was right about the military and the complex they serve?

Jan. 06 2012 12:19 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Nobody negotiates when they are strong. Parties negotiate only when they are relatively weak and hope to get something by cleverness they cannot get through overt power.

Jan. 06 2012 12:18 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Brooklyn

McChrystal not only escalated this terribly misguided war, but the coverup of Pat Tillman's death and the torture camps is unforgivable. The President tolerated all of this until Hasting's RS article.

Jan. 06 2012 12:13 PM

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