Hastings the permission to be embedded with troops fighting
in the war in Afghanistan.
Mr. Hastings wrote a controversial "fly on the wall" article
about Gen. Stan McChrystal, commander of the
counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan that cost him his job.
In interviews given at the time, Mr. Hastings said he did
not feel that he was responsible for the outcome of his
"I was simply trying to write the best article I could about
the war in Afghanistan."
He also said he did not think the General and his staff had
become so used to his "hanging around" that they let their
guard down in front of him. The most controversial things
said about President Obama, his chief of staff and other
administration officials came "within the first 24 hours" of
his time with the command.
Mr. Hastings is a veteran of 2 years reporting for
"Newsweek" on the Iraq war.