I don't normally venture into foreign affairs. The story of how General Stanley McChrystal was sacked by President Barack Obama has been one of the main foreign news stories this week. I want to recommend full reading of Michael Hasting's outstanding (award winning?) journalism for Rolling Stone. Yes there's the story of McChrystal bad mouthing people but there are several other insights too.
The casual homophobia, dinner with a male French minister is so expletive deleted "gay".
The gentle derision of Britain whatever we think of the special relationship....
"The job instead went to British Ambassador Mark Sedwill – a move that effectively increased McChrystal's influence over diplomacy by shutting out a powerful rival. "In reality, that position needs to be filled by an American for it to have weight," says a U.S. official familiar with the negotiations."
Generally it is enlightening to have an account of the war in Afghanistan from a non-British perspective, which examines whether counter-insurgency (COIN) is working. So I thoroughly recommend a read here, and wish such detailed reporting was more frequent in the British media.