McChrystal and Team America got Michael Hastings
Yes that is speculation. My case is based on the background of McChrystal and many of his close associates. Most 4 star Generals who are commanders
of a major theatre of war are from the "regular" army and have arrived at said position by being good at Military politics. Stanley McChrystal did
come from West Point (class 1976) and had a father who was a General. McChrystal chose to enter Special Forces instead of the regular army. A fair
amount of his close staff was Special Forces, Navy Seals, or intelligence. They were used to dealing with the elite of the military, and view
themselves as elite.
I do not understand how Team America as McChrystal's staff referred to themselves, were so unprepared to handle MH. Much of the failure has to rest
on Duncan Boothby, their non military press advisor who arranged for MH access. A review of MH article "Obama's War" in GQ would have made his view
of the Afghanistan war clear. I do think they were desirous of a cover story in Rolling Stone. McChrystal presents himself as a Democrat, but he
should have realized RS is a liberal mag with an adversarial history towards the military, plus Obama was not as supportive of his mission as the Bush
administration had been. I think Team America had conceit and lacked political savvy.
Twice members of McChrystal's staff threatened to kill MH. Retired Colonel Jake McFerren, longtime West Point friend and confidant of SM, "We'll
hunt you down and kill you if we don't like what you write, C (code for non disclosed team member who is also with most elite British commando unit)
will hunt you down and kill you."
Yes he was drunk when he said it to MH face. After the story broke (June 22, 2010) Dave Silverman states he wants to "#ing kill that guy", referring
to MH. He is told to "shut the # up, you've done enough damage" by a military official who works with Admiral Mullen.
On June 23rd Obama removed SM as commander in Afghanistan. In July 2010 SM retired. In October he became a lecturer at Yale. He reportedly earns
$60,000 per speaking engagement. He has joined the board of directors of a few major corps and working with think tanks. SM has a consulting firm,
the McChrystal Group, in Alexandria, VA. The CEO is Dave Silverman. The staff has several members of Team America on board. Even Duncan Boothby is
doing press statements for them. Go to McChrystalGroup.com and go to Cross Leaders. This shows the pictures and background of much of the staff.
Looks like a great team to fight a war.
Michael Hastings died on June 18, 2013. On June 18, 2010 Rolling Stone finalized the Runaway General and put it in PDF form. MH took a call from
Duncan Boothby on June 18th. They talked for about 45 minutes about the article. DB tried to get MH to make changes to article. He tried to bribe
MH with the promise of future access.
An article in the July 7, 2010 Navy Times leads me to believe SM & staff learned of damaging comments in MH article on 6/18/10. I am very
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