Journalist Michael Hastings, winner of the George Polk Award for his article “The Runaway General” in Rolling Stone magazine, discusses rumors that the military is pushing for 20 thousand troops to remain in Iraq beyond the December 2011 withdrawal deadline; the modest expectations for the July troop drawdown in Afghanistan; a preview of his next Rolling Stone article about generals spinning the Afghan War; and the starkly different accounts given by Hamid Karzai and Gen. Petraeus of an incident involving Afghan civilian casualties.
MP3 here. (11:00)
Michael Hastings is the author of I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story. In 2008, he covered the U.S. presidential elections for Newsweek, and before that he was the magazine’s Baghdad correspondent. His articles have appeared in GQ, Slate, Salon, Foreign Policy, the LA Times, and other publications. His blog The Hastings Report focuses on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other foreign policy topics.