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Richard Holbrooke

McChrystal's naivete, Obama's thin skin

Flying at 30,000 feet over the Atlantic is about as detached from earthly concerns as one can get. Seat bound and strapped in found me staring at Lady Gaga's two gun M16 brazier photo on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, reminding me that the world below is full of strangeness and requires a reality disconnect from time to time. Michael Hastings' article in Rolling Stone, "The Runaway General", also requires the previous description pulsating off the front cover.

The article, and General Stanley McChrystal's outing by President Obama, is history. Having spent the last three summers at the US Army War College's invitational strategic seminars I have been privileged to...