It’s no small feat for a publication to expose a government official on the sort of grand and salacious scale that finds that official on the losing end of a pink slip. Today, Rolling Stone — the ever-shrinking mainstream music magazine of choice — became the Washington Post of 2010 and its reporter our Woodward/Bernstein.
General Stanley McChrystal — the man whose one square meal a day fueled him as the head of the U.S. war in Afghanistan — was fired.
Mr. Obama, standing with General Petraeus and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in the White House Rose Garden to underline the continuity and solidity of his Afghan policy, said that he had regretfully accepted General McChrystal’s resignation.
He said he had done so not out of personal insult, but because a magazine article featuring contemptuous quotes from the general and his staff about senior administration officials had not met standards of behavior for a commanding general, and threatened to undermine civilian control of the military…
The article in Rolling Stone magazine quoted General McChrystal and his aides speaking critically of nearly every member of the president’s national security team, saying President Obama appeared “uncomfortable and intimidated” during his first meeting with the general, and dismissing Vice President Biden as “Bite Me.”
Not since Hunter S. Thompson’s psychedelic, gonzo coverage of political campaigns has Rolling Stone been so relevant. Kudos, RS. I’m buying your magazine on Friday, even though I said I was going to boycott you for those little Grandmaster Flash and “99 Problems” problems with your 500 list.