“The Operators”: Michael Hastings on the Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan

Posted: January 18, 2012 in Intelligence, International
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Democracy Now! speaks with reporter Michael Hastings about the “disastrous past year” in Afghanistan, and the mentality a decade of war has bred there. The U.S. has “funneled billions of dollars in weapons and training into a chaotic place like Afghanistan … training these young guys to kill people, and then are shocked when they see the results,” Hastings says of the outcry that followed last week’s appearance of a video showing four uniformed U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of three Afghan men, which has been widely condemned by officials in the United States and in Afghanistan. His new book, “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan,” originated with his 2010 Rolling Stone article, “The Runaway General,” about Gen. Stanley McChrystal, then commander of the war in Afghanistan, and his inner circle. McChrystal was fired after the article was published.

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