"The Runaway General" by Michael Hastings, which appeared in Rolling Stone, is associated with General Stanley A. McChrystal's critical comments about the president and his staff. Shortly after the article appeared, Obama fired McChrystal, who was the top Afghanistan war commander. McChrystal then resigned.
The 92,000 American military documents from January 2004 to December 2009, revealed by Wikileaks, depict a war more troubled than that presented by the administration and the military. In Hasting's article, McChrystal's inner circle, who believed they were talking off the record, themselves presented a grim view of the war. In the following video, Brave New Films contends that the McChrystal affair distracted the media from the article's real story, those very comments on the war by those prosecuting it. Watch: