Reporter who felled McChrystal dies

AFP-JIJI

Michael Hastings, the Rolling Stone journalist who triggered the 2010 downfall of U.S. Afghanistan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal, died in a car crash Tuesday.

Hastings, whose profile of McChrystal quoted the four-star general as criticizing President Barack Obama and his senior advisers, died in Los Angeles. He was 33, according to his current employer, BuzzFeed.

In the profile, McChrystal aides mocked Vice President Joe Biden, called the president’s national security adviser “a clown,” and said the general was “disappointed” by his first meeting with Obama.

McChrystal himself was quoted deriding the U.S. special envoy to the region, Richard Holbrooke, and saying he felt “betrayed” by U.S. Ambassador to Kabul Karl Eikenberry, who had raised pointed objections to McChrystal’s war strategy.