It’s probably not a good idea to embed journalists with U.S. Generals anymore
Hindsight is always 20/20, especially for the military’s press office.
In June of 2010, General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, was relieved of his duties by Barack Obama, after the general’s scathing commentary on the president and the war effort were broadcast to the world by Rolling Stone. Some journalists, David Brooks among them, admonished author Michael Hastings for overstepping his boundaries by telling the truth.
Petraeus was one of the most well-respected military officers in the world, a major proponent of the counter-insurgency platform, a fitness compulsive, and a once-upon-a-time seriously considered contender for the president. Turns out he’s a decent lay to boot, but the American people didn’t need to know that.
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