Well, I wouldn’t cross Michael Yon, the intrepid independent war reporter and photographer who has covered the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan with distinction and dogged intensity. For weeks, he was fulimating about two men – Brigadier-General Daniel Menard of the Canadian Army and General Stanley McChrystal.
Then, two things happened. First, Menard was fired. Then, McChrystal was fired.
True, neither was dismissed for reasons directly related to Yon’s reporting – though Menard’s negligent discharge of his rifle at Kandahar can hardly have helped any case he had for staying and McChrystal’s chances of remaining in post might have been greater had his Afghan war strategy not been facing excoriating criticism from the likes of Yon.
Looks like Michael was right. One of the first things Gen Petraeus did was invite Michael Yon back to the war — Might not seem like a perk, but Michael sees it as such.
Turn the lights back on Michael.