June 22, 2010 — For insubordination, for disrespecting the Office of the President of the United States and for allowing derision of the White House among his staff, General Stanley McChrystal must resign. Sign our petition and we’ll deliver your signature to the White House and the Pentagon:
General McChrystal and his staff were caught being insubordinate and derisive of the President of the United States and our civilian leadership by Rolling Stone. His behavior again undermined the Office of the President of the United States, and another press-release apology isn’t good enough. He must resign.
General McChrystal Must Resign (and the President Should Accept the Resignation)
Rolling Stone magazine writer explains McChrystal article
June 22, 2010 — Michael Hastings, the author of the Rolling Stone article on General Stanley McChrystal, tells Al Jazeera what the top US and Nato commander in Afghanistan was trying to achieve by giving a journalist so much access. (June 23, 2010)
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Special Comment: Self Destruction Of General McChrystal
June 22, 2010 MSNBC Keith Olbermann
In a Special Comment, Countdown’s Keith Olbermann argues that President Barack Obama shouldn’t accept a resignation from Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
McChrystal resignation likely
22 June, 2010
Less than a day after controversial quotes published in the Rolling Stone magazine, General Stanley McChrystal has reportedly offered his resignation to President Barack Obama.
Although McChrystal issued a statement offering his apology, saying it was all a mistake, Obama rebuked his Afghanistan war commander for “poor judgment” and said he has not yet decided whether to fire him.
Two military officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that McChrystal would arrive prepared to hand in his resignation.
The Runaway General
By Michael Hastings
Rolling Stone Politics
Jun 22, 2010
‘How’d I get screwed into going to this dinner?” demands Gen. Stanley McChrystal. It’s a Thursday night in mid-April, and the commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan is sitting in a four-star suite at the Hôtel Westminster in Paris. He’s in France to sell his new war strategy to our NATO allies – to keep up the fiction, in essence, that we actually have allies. Since McChrystal took over a year ago, the Afghan war has become the exclusive property of the United States. Opposition to the war has already toppled the Dutch government, forced the resignation of Germany’s president and sparked both Canada and the Netherlands to announce the withdrawal of their 4,500 troops. McChrystal is in Paris to keep the French, who have lost more than 40 soldiers in Afghanistan, from going all wobbly on him.
“The dinner comes with the position, sir,” says his chief of staff, Col. Charlie Flynn.
Updated: Sept. 28, 2014
Journalist Michael Hastings Interview: The Reporter Who Took Down Stanley McChrystal (2011)
The Film Archives on Jul 27, 2013
Michael Mahon Hastings (January 28, 1980 — June 18, 2013) was an American journalist, author, contributing editor to Rolling Stone, and reporter for BuzzFeed. He was raised in New York, Canada, and Vermont, and attended New York University. Hastings rose to prominence with his coverage of the Iraq War for Newsweek in the 2000s. After his fiancee, Andrea Parhamovich, was killed when her car was ambushed in Iraq, Hastings wrote his first book, I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story (2008), a memoir about his relationship with Parhamovich and the violent insurgency that took her life.
He received the George Polk Award for “The Runaway General” (2010), a Rolling Stone profile of General Stanley McChrystal, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in the Afghanistan war. The article documented the widespread contempt for civilian officials in the US government by the general and his staff and resulted in McChrystal’s resignation. Hastings followed up with The Operators (2012), a detailed book account of his month-long stay with McChrystal in Europe and Afghanistan.
Hastings became a vocal critic of the surveillance state during the investigation of reporters by the US Department of Justice in 2013, referring to the restrictions on the freedom of the press by the Obama administration as a “war” on journalism. His last story, “Why Democrats Love To Spy On Americans”, was published by BuzzFeed on June 7. Hastings died in a fiery high-speed automobile crash on June 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
Born in Malone, New York, Michael was the son of Drs. Molly and Brent Hastings. Hastings has two brothers, Jon and Jeff. Growing up, Hastings lived in Malone until he was 11 years old. The family then moved to Montreal, Quebec, where his mother was trained in the field of pediatric ophthalmology at McGill University. When he was 16, his family relocated to Vermont. He attended Rice Memorial High School, a Roman Catholic secondary school in South Burlington, where he played lacrosse and soccer, and performed in the school’s plays before graduating in 1998. After graduation, Hastings wrote for Scholastic, an educational magazine for young adults. He then attended Connecticut College before earning his Bachelor of Arts in journalism from New York University in 2002.
From 2002 to 2008 he worked as a journalist for Newsweek magazine. He covered the Iraq War and wrote a book about the death of his fiancée Andrea Parhamovich, entitled I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story. Hastings was also a regular contributor to Gentlemen’s Quarterly and a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine.
Michael Hastings died in a single-vehicle automobile crash in his Mercedes C250 Coupé at approximately 4:25 a.m. in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles on June 18, 2013. A witness to the crash said that he seemed to be driving at the car’s maximum speed before the car fishtailed and crashed into a palm tree. Witnesses described the car’s engine being ejected 50 to 60 yards from the scene. Some press reports have described the accident as suspicious, although the Los Angeles Police Department has said there are no signs of foul play.
Earlier the previous day, Hastings indicated that he believed he was being investigated by the FBI. In an email to colleagues, which was copied to and released by Hastings’ friend, Army Staff Sergeant Joe Biggs, Hastings said that he was “onto a big story”, that he needed to “go off the radar”, and that the FBI might interview them. WikiLeaks announced that Hastings had also contacted one of its lawyers a few hours prior to the crash, and the LA Times reported that he was preparing new reports on the CIA at the time of his demise. The FBI released a statement denying that Hastings was being investigated.
Hastings was eulogized by co-workers at BuzzFeed, media figures such as Christopher Hayes, Rachel Maddow and others.
According to Biggs, Hastings’ remains were cremated and returned to Vermont. Biggs stated that his family did not want Hastings to be cremated. Los Angeles medical examiner and police authorities indicated that it took two days to identify Hastings because he had been burned beyond recognition, and that the cause of death was undetermined, pending the results of an autopsy and toxicology tests.