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MIchael Hastings, author of that Rolling Stone piece, claims via Huff Post that most soldiers he’s heard from are glad McChrystal canned, he put too many lives at risk, and so on. … The great Andrew Bacevich on PBS’s Need to Know tonight talking about this subject, his new book and our current wayward wars.
Great piece by former Marine and author at Virginia Quarterly on McChrystal and the media (until now) failures…. See my new piece here on Petraeus’ link to high-profile suicide by top officer in Iraq — he was even named in suicide note.
The very valuable Dave Weigel out at Wash Post over caustic private emails leaked from a list-serv. Ezra Klein, also now at the Post, who started the "JournoList" list-serv, now announces he will shut it down, and talks about Weigel here. Jeff Goldberg, on the other hand, celebrated Weigel’s passing at his Atlantic blog. Ben Smith of Politico pinned blame on Wash Post–which should have known Weigel was more liberal than they thought. Sam Stein at Huff Post has the back story.
More on Weigel: A Twitter storm among politics writers on left akin to Conan O’Brien uproar (Weigel is all over the map politically). David Corn: "The guy did apologize for a few angry semi-private emails. Too bad he wasn’t in a sex scandal; then he’d have a CNN or FOX gig." John Cole: "Weigel’s mistake was saying nasty things via private email. The route to success at WaPo is cheerleading torture on the opinion page." Glenn Greenwald: "The WashPost fired Dan Froomkin and Dave Weigel, while hiring torture advocate/low-level propagandist Marc Theissen." So we can expect a David Brooks defense of Weigel’s "kvetching" tomorrow (see item below)?