Max Read at Gawker points out that the Pentagon is holding onto its grudge against Michael Hastings:
Defense Department spokesman Col. David Lapan told reporters that freelance writer Michael Hastings was rebuffed when he asked to accompany, or “embed,” with American forces next month.
The rejection came as the Pentagon ramped up an internal investigation into the circumstances behind some of the most salacious material Hastings used in his article in Rolling Stone…
The inspector general, an independent investigator, is considering whether officers were insubordinate and how far up the chain of command responsibility for decisions involving the Hastings interviews extended, officials said. Defense officials outlined the investigation on condition of anonymity because it is ongoing and has reached no conclusions.
Hastings did not immediately reply to requests for comment Tuesday. He has said he did nothing wrong in chronicling the banter, profanity and jocular insults among McChrystal’s inner circle. In Twitter tweet late Tuesday, Hastings said he refused to participate in the army’s IG investigation.
In more cheerful news, Andy Kroll at Mother Jones reports that Pete Hoekstra, of “Hoekstroika” infamy, has lost his primary bid to become Governor of Michigan to venture capitalist/former CEO of Gateway Computers Rick Snyder. However pessimiticly one regards the prospect of another plutocrat buying his way into politics, anything that puts a roadblock in the path of Hoekstra’s ambitions cannot be a totally bad thing.