Apparently, Joe Barton doesn't need to apologize for Stan. The author of the Rolling Stone article, Michael Hastings, already has:I'm sorry, but there's no excuse for insubordination, especially when soldiers' lives are on the line. McChrystal endangered the mission in Afghanistan and gave terrorists something to crow about today. McChrystal is like the little kid who acted out because he didn't get enough attention:
According to Hastings, comments by McChrystal and his staff express feelings that, in his estimation, "are very real and very valid."
"I think it's fairly clear Gen. McChrystal, who spent his life in the military, doesn't have a feel for, or understanding of, the use of civilians," he said. "McChrystal puts his life on the line. He is willing to put his life on the line in a way that civilians don't really understand, or can't appreciate." NPR
Hastings said McChrystal was disappointed by his relationship with President Obama, even as he has enjoyed the support of many people in the Pentagon and the Special Forces community.
"I think he wants to have a one-on-one, eye-to-eyeball relationship with the president that he doesn't feel he has," he said, adding that McChrystal seemed envious of how well President Bush and David Petraeus got along with each other.