NONFICTION: "The Operators," by Michael Hastings.

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 18, 2012 - 4:01 PM

Michael Hastings expands his Rolling Stone article, dissecting the abbreviated career of Gen. Stanley McChrystal and laying bare the cozy relationship among the military, the media and others with the “Washington psyche.”

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jaybbornFeb. 22, 12 3:18 PM

The Operators is a riveting book, but it's not for those who want to believe that this was a necessary war. Or that the military leadership is honorable. It gave me a jolt. I was not that familiar with Military World, but it's its own universe of deceit and arrogance, pretending that the mission is all-important when in truth it's the careers of the top generals. The book views the war from various perspectives - including those of the commanding general, boots on the ground and Afghan citizens and contractors looking for spoils. I just heard Lt. Col. Davis interviewed re: his charges about generals misleading the American public about the war's progress, and The Operators adds great credibility to what he says.

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