I’m not to this day sure why this was such a prominent moment, but around my 20th birthday a very famous article came out by Michael Hastings and Rolling Stone exposing the Stanley McChrystal – what became the Stanley McChrystal scandal. But then the article broadened out into an essay about this war in Afghanistan that had been going on since 2001, and just how much of a huge foreign policy challenge it was, and how there didn’t seem to be any good answers. And just, the playbook that had been tried was not working.
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