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    • JW

      Thank you for such a well-crafted, heartfelt article. I grew up in Dearborn - a place very different now, as well - and spent much of my early life in Detroit. I’ve been back countless times and had always thought the best thing that could happen to this horrifically corrupt city was to start over. To see this grass-roots renaissance slowly take hold is both excruciating and indescribably positive. I will finally be able to contribute to this one-in-a-lifetime rebirth this year. But we can’t expect this to ever go as well as it deserves to. Regardless of the honest contributions made by people there and throughout the country, once this train starts rolling again, the self-serving opportunists will be there in droves. Keep vigil and keep going! There are more of us coming to join the fight.

    • JW

      There areafew things said by Hastings, here, that are transparently inciting. Cred rating goes down automatically. Please. Foraguy who’s covered P4 for years, there seems to bealack of basic understanding of either a) human nature, b) war, or c) both. While we can all arm-chair quarterback from the comfort of our own digs, the dealings of top political and defense officials play out an inherent part of our humanity most of us we can’t-or won’t-access. We areawalking contradiction, the truest reflection of how we fit into the grand scheme. Some good, some not. So: 1. Agreed, who cares who sleeps with whom.
      2. We will *never* know what decisions are made and for what reasons in war or highly-charged political environments.
      3. There are “good” people and “bad” people in every business, country, army, bus-you name it.
      4. We are mostly good-or we humans wouldn’t have survived this long.
      5. Sometimes good and bad are relative.
      6. Sometimes good people have to make bad decisions.
      7. Sometimes to make progress you have to make deals of convenience with the enemy (du jour).
      8. For better or worse, when one joins the military, one has no choice but to follow orders from the Commander in Chief (and, from outcomes from 2000-2008, we all know what can happen).
      9. It’s one thing to makeapost-event objective assessment of an event or individual’s performance, but quite another to layer in ignorant subjectivity.
      10. This cheap approach to journalism always cuts both ways. Rise above it. You got your eyeballs not from your skill, but from hyperbole. P4 livedalife of compromise. It is baked into his job description. The only thing we know about how things worked during his career-with his direct involvement or not-is where we’re at today. This says little-to-nothing of his character, or who this guy really is, but more about his ability to survive in that environment. It is just the nature of the beast: that beast is all of us. Bottom line. Assertions are different from assumptions. With the former, you need facts. Hard facts. WhatIsee here is mostly conjecture and one person’s perception of another. This is not to say we don’t all do it, but to present this story with such hand-waving and floor-stomping is suspect at best.
      Idon’t doubt morality has been compromised, but whatIdoubt isawillingness to understand thatamajor part of human nature is the fluidity of our morality. From there, one could putagood and honest effort into one’s reporting.