Tuesday 12 December 2017

Kevin Myers: General McChrystal is a fine soldier, yet his career is in ruins because he trusted a reporter

Kevin Myers

FIRSTLY, let us honour Lt General Dermot Earley, RIP, a great soldier and patriot, who died on Wednesday. I last met Dermot at an artillery shoot in the Glen of Imaal. We spoke briefly and, considering what was to come, with an eerie relevance. "It's good to talk to a journalist I can trust," he said.

"Sorry, General," I replied, "there's no such thing."

I wish I'd had the chance to have said the same words to US General Stanley McChrystal, whose career came to an end on the very day that Dermot died. I repeat them now to all soldiers. Never trust a journalist. Sooner or later, his ambition to make his name might just outweigh those earnest reassurances he gave you.

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