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Next Pentagon Chief Could Be a Woman

Michèle Flournoy has been the department's highest-ranking woman

(Newser) - Following Chuck Hagel's exit as defense secretary, the obvious question is who might replace him. One leading possibility: former undersecretary of defense for policy Michèle Flournoy—the defense department's highest-ranking woman ever, ABC News reports. She stepped down in 2012 and now heads a nonpartisan national security... More »

Remedy for America: Year of National Service

Former Gen. Stan McChrystal makes his case

(Newser) - Turnout in the last election was the lowest in 70 years , another sign of the sorry state of American civic life, writes former Gen. Stan McChrystal in the Washington Post . Nobody trusts elected leaders anymore, and McChrystal thinks the "problem runs deeper than politics." Our politicians are a... More »

Journo Hastings' Car Was Speeding Before Death: Cop

Conspiracy theories emerge

(Newser) - The car carrying journalist Michael Hastings —in which he was apparently the only person, the New York Times notes—was likely speeding before he died in a crash, says a former LAPD cop. The car's motor was found some 100 feet away from the vehicle, suggesting the driver... More »

Reporter Who Brought Down Gen. McChrystal Dead at 33

Michael Hastings killed in LA car crash

(Newser) - Rolling Stone and Buzzfeed are mourning journalist and war correspondent Michael Hastings, who has been killed in a car crash in Los Angeles. The 33-year-old—described by Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith as a "great, fearless journalist with an incredible instinct for the story"—was best known for... More »

Paul Ryan: GOP Has Got to Expand Appeal

Also, he's not going to talk about a 2016 run in 2013

(Newser) - Paul Ryan made his first talk-show appearance since the 2012 election, so obviously it's time to ask him about his ambitions for the 2016 election and watch him dodge the question: Calling such talk "premature," Ryan added , “I’ve got an important job to do. I... More »

McChrystal: Assault Rifles Aren't for Civilians

Former general calls for 'serious action' on guns

(Newser) - Former Gen. Stanley McChrystal took a firm stance on gun control during a Morning Joe appearance today, demanding "serious action." Discussing the M-16 and M-4 assault weapons he used as a soldier, he noted that "the effects are devastating. ... That’s what our soldiers ought to carry.... More »

McChrystal Takes Blame for Article That Tanked His Career

Ex-general's memoir also takes potshot at Rolling Stone reporter

(Newser) - Speaking out for the first time since he resigned, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal takes the blame for a Rolling Stone article and the unflattering comments attributed to his staff about the Obama administration that ended his Afghanistan command and army career. "Regardless of how I judged the story for... More »

US General Ousted After Dissing Karzai

Peter Fuller called Afghan leaders 'out of touch with reality'

(Newser) - One of the highest-ranking US commanders in Afghanistan didn't get that Stanley McChrystal memo about watching your tongue in the presence of reporters. Major Gen. Peter Fuller has been relieved of command after bad-mouthing Hamid Karzai and other Afghan leaders, reports CNN . Fuller made the comments in this Politico... More »

McChrystal: US View of Afghan War 'Frighteningly Simplistic'

Now we've only met half our goals, he says

(Newser) - After a decade of fighting in Afghanistan, the US and its NATO allies are only "a little better than" halfway to meeting their war goals, Gen. Stanley McChrystal warns. The former commander of coalition forces says the slow progress is largely due to the US not knowing what it... More »

Inquiry Into Rolling Stone Article Clears McChrystal

Pentagon finds no evidence of wrongdoing

(Newser) - The Defense Department has cleared Gen. Stanley McChrystal of all wrongdoing following the inspector general's inquiry into last year's controversial Rolling Stone article . In the article, senior aides to McChrystal were quoted as making disparaging remarks about the Obama administration; one aide, for example, referred to Vice President... More »

Worst Prognostications of the Year

Joe Biden and Meghan McCain make the list

(Newser) - A roundup of the year's worst predictions from Joshua Keating at Foreign Policy .
  • Recovery summer: Joe Biden's statement in June that "more people are going to be put to work this summer" puts him atop Keating's list of of know-it-all pundits and pols who ended up with egg on
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McChrystal's Yale Course Covers... Stan McChrystal

He's case study No. 1 in leadership class

(Newser) - Stanley McChrystal's intimately familiar with the material he'll be covering in his Yale course . McChrystal's first case study will be "the career of Stanley McChrystal," according to his syllabus, which you can see at Yale Daily News . The class's primary reading? A New York Times Magazine piece entitled,... More »

McChrystal to Teach at Yale

Ex-General eschews defense industry, politics

(Newser) - Stanley McChrystal has landed on his feet, with a new teaching position at Yale. He’ll be heading up a course on leadership at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, alongside such notable names as former US ambassador John Negroponte and former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, Politico reports. Apparently people... More »

Rolling Stone McChrystal Reporter Denied Embed Post

Writer's 'not trustworthy,' says official

(Newser) - The Rolling Stone reporter who got Gen. Stanley McChrystal fired has been denied permission to join US troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced. "There is no right to embed," said Defense Department spokesman David Lapan. "A key element of an embed is having trust that the individuals... More »

Military Honors Retiring McChrystal

General says career didn't end as he'd hoped

(Newser) - After 34 years in the Army, Gen. Stanley McChrystal left behind legions of admirers and the prospect that his reputation as a ferocious fighter would one day eclipse the costly comments that appeared in Rolling Stone. "Over the past decade, arguably no single American has inflicted more fear on... More »

Petraeus: 'We Are in This to Win'

General officially takes the reins in Afghanistan

(Newser) - Gen. David Petraeus formally assumed command of the 130,000-strong international force in Afghanistan today, declaring "we are in this to win" despite rising casualties and growing skepticism about the nearly 9-year-old war. "We have arrived at a critical moment," he told a crowd of hundreds, also... More »

Joe Biden Becomes Backstage Powerhouse

The 'skunk at the family picnic' has Obama's ear

(Newser) - It may have looked as though Joe Biden lost last fall’s argument over strategy in Afghanistan, but he actually emerged with a powerful, well-defined role in the administration. His position, in his own words: “the skunk at the family picnic.” Biden has been the in-house skeptic on... More »

McChrystal Will Retire With Four-Star Pension

White House promises, though he doesn't technically qualify

(Newser) - Stanley McChrystal will retire with his fourth star—and the bigger pension it brings. The White House will do "whatever is necessary" to make that happen, says press chief Robert Gibbs. It's an issue because McChrystal got the fourth star about a year ago and hasn't served with it... More »

McChrystal Will Retire

Disgraced general's formal rank at issue

(Newser) - Gen. Stanley McChrystal will retire from the Army after 34 years in uniform and one devastating Rolling Stone profile . " McChrystal informed the Army today that he intends to retire, " said a rep, but "we don’t have a date yet or anything like that." Whether he... More »

McChrystal's Potty Mouth May Have Cost Him His Job

Rolling Stone piece's impact helped by vulgar language

(Newser) - What does a journalist have to do to effect a major change in US foreign policy? In the case of Michael Hastings' Rolling Stone profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the answer may be to use lots and lots of curse words. The piece uses "fuck" 18 times, from the... More »

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