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General McChrystal Story by Michael Hastings Inspired 'War Machine,' Starring Brad Pitt - Rolling Stone. 'How'd I get screwed into going to this dinner?

General McChrystal Story by Michael Hastings Inspired 'War Machine,' Starring Brad Pitt - Rolling Stone

" demands Gen. Stanley McChrystal. It's a Thursday night in mid-April, and the commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan is sitting in a four-star suite at the Hôtel Westminster in Paris. He's in France to sell his new war strategy to our NATO allies – to keep up the fiction, in essence, that we actually have allies. Since McChrystal took over a year ago, the Afghan war has become the exclusive property of the United States. "The dinner comes with the position, sir," says his chief of staff, Col. McChrystal turns sharply in his chair. "Hey, Charlie," he asks, "does this come with the position? " McChrystal gives him the middle finger.

The general stands and looks around the suite that his traveling staff of 10 has converted into a full-scale operations center. "What's the update on the Kandahar bombing? " "We have two KIAs, but that hasn't been confirmed," Flynn says. McChrystal takes a final look around the suite. He pauses a beat. Remembering Elie Wiesel. Words tend to fail us most in two circumstances—in the face of profound evil and in the face of transcendental decency.

Remembering Elie Wiesel

When Elie Wiesel initially tried to describe his experience during the Holocaust, he later wrote, “I watched helplessly as language became an obstacle.” We who have the honor to speak and write about Elie have the opposite challenge—finding words that capture the fierce and magical essence of this marvelous man. The miracle that I would like to explore is that of Elie Wiesel’s joyfulness. But before doing so, of course, we must consider the context from which that joy somehow emerged. None of us will ever comprehend the depravity of what Elie experienced during the Holocaust. Story Continued Below Many of us have been struck by the fact that it took Elie 10 years to ready himself to try to put into words the horrors of what had been done to him and to his people.

On the front lines of the fight for the Islamic State’s capital of Raqqa, Syria. But there seems to be little doubt that the YPG is leading the fight.

On the front lines of the fight for the Islamic State’s capital of Raqqa, Syria

Its flags flutter over the checkpoints along the newly liberated rural roads and at the military bases closest to the front lines. Its graffiti is scrawled over the walls of the captured towns and villages, as in Tal Saman, where the initials “YPG” were spray-painted alongside the pledge to take Raqqa. The Kurdish-Arab alliance, with U.S. assistance, plans to recruit and train an additional 10,000 Arab fighters for an offensive on Raqqa, said Rojda Felat, one of the commanders of the offensive to encircle the city. But YPG participation will be essential “because we have proved that we are the most effective fighters,” she said. “We will even go past Raqqa,” she added, to other areas farther south controlled by the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh. Whether it is wise to send an overwhelmingly Kurdish force to capture the overwhelmingly Arab city of Raqqa is in question, however.

Huffingtonpost. After I Lived in Norway, America Felt Backward. Here’s Why. Some years ago, I faced up to the futility of reporting truths about America’s disastrous wars, and so I left Afghanistan for another mountainous country far away.

After I Lived in Norway, America Felt Backward. Here’s Why.

It was the polar opposite of Afghanistan: a peaceful, prosperous land where nearly everybody seemed to enjoy a good life, on the job and in the family. It’s true that they didn’t work much–not by American standards, anyway. In the United States, full-time salaried workers supposedly laboring 40 hours a week actually average 49, with almost 20 percent clocking more than 60. These people, on the other hand, worked only about 37 hours a week, when they weren’t away on long paid vacations. Who Is Fighting Whom in Syria. Photo The Syrian civil war, now in its fifth year, involves multiple countries with overlapping and at times conflicting agendas.

Who Is Fighting Whom in Syria

The rise of Islamic State. Battle for Iraq and Syria in maps. Islamic State (IS) militants made some major territorial gains in south-western Syria in 2015 - but they lost several key towns in Iraq, as well as parts of Syria's northern border with Turkey.

Battle for Iraq and Syria in maps

The rapid advance by the groups militant fighters threw the region into chaos in 2014 and led to the launch of air strikes on IS targets in Iraq by a coalition of countries headed by the US in August 2014 and in Syria a month later. The jihadist group, which has fighters from across the world, announced the establishment of a "caliphate" - an Islamic state - stretching from Aleppo in Syria to the province of Diyala in Iraq. See where IS have made territorial gains and losses, Jan-Dec 2015 December 2015 January 2015 Russia began carrying out air strikes in Syria in September 2015 after a request for help from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has clung on to power despite more than four years of civil war. How many strikes have been carried out?

What is Russia's endgame in Syria? Battlegrounds. 60 Minutes Abu Ghraib Dan Rather. The Kin's Speech. Can-america-win-war-326812.