Think about the journey of Jann Wenner's music magazine—from its humble roots chronicling a new art form (and social movement) in 1967...to today. On three stories of note lately: Goldman Sachs, the oil spill and now General Stanley McChrystal—Rolling Stone has been quoted around the world. This story will no doubt turn out to be the most impactful of all of them. We can guess the outcome of tomorrow's meeting at the White House. We can also guess this will do nothing to help matters between the U.S. and its allies, or the Afghanistan leadership structure. In the debate over insubordination, and over what President Obama should do, let us never forget: This war is about the men and women we've asked to fight—all 90,000 of them.
The journalist David Ignatius wrote on this topic today, quoting an Obama White House insider as saying, "Dissent is the music of policy." Well then, it’s somewhat poetic that a music magazine has highlighted the extent of the dissent between the Obama Administration and its chosen commander on the ground. It also caused a few smiles when people realized that despite the powerful impact of their McChrystal story, it was still—in keeping with the DNA of Rolling Stone—Lady Ga Ga who made the cover of the magazine. Some things never change.
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