Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings wrote the story that toppled a general and may eventually play a part in helping to change the losing strategy of "Counter-insurgency" in Afghanistan.
Michael Hastings, the Rolling Stone reporter whose story blew the top off of the U.S. command in Afghanistan, appeared on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show all clean-shaven and sharp, demonstrating the likeness of a journalist whose story and career are on fire.
"The Runaway General," the scathing story by Michael Hastings forced the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal as commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan last week. This week, the repercussions of that same story forced McChrystal's early retirement from the Army.
The accomplishment of his story to exposing a general going rogue, was tonight overshadowed by his conclusions on the situation in Afghanistan, and General McChrystal's own lack of confidence in the effectiveness of the current U.S. strategy of counter-insurgency.
WIKIPEDIA: Counter-insurgency (COIN is a popular acronym) is a military term for the armed conflict against an insurgency by forces aligned with the recognized government of the territory in which the conflict takes place. In the main, the insurgents seek to destroy or erase the political authority of the defending authorities in a population they seek to control, and the counter-insurgent forces seek to protect that authority and reduce or eliminate the supplanting authority of the insurgents.
In other words, instead of declaring war directly, you declare and fight your war indirectly by using your resources and the loss of human lives in the grist mill of war, to prop up a puppet government in hopes of winning over the populace by means of said puppet government.
The problem with puppet governments is that the people can smell them a mile away, because all puppet governments stink of the very government-backed corruption that props them up and maintains their power.
In his interview with host Rachel Maddow, Hastings compared the futility of trying to stop corruption in Afghanistan to the futility of fighting the War on Drugs on U.S. soil and at a cost of billions of taxpayer dollars per year.
HASTINGS: No. No, it's a joke...Trying to stop corruption in Afghanistan is like trying to stop the drug war here. I think we should choose our battles wisely and not waste our resources.
Wise words from the hated liberal media, and a real economic recovery plan that could work. Stop two wars that are wasting precious American lives and burying with them huge sums of taxpayer money. Stop two wars that we can ill-afford, and neither with little hope of victory. Stop two wars in which even the definition of victory are equally ill-defined. Stop two losing battles that we are losing badly and at tremendous cost.
Wise words wasted on conservatively, hawkish deaf ears.
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