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Pentagon delays McChrystal’s book publication

It seems the Pentagon wants a closer look at Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s forthcoming book. Center for a New American Security senior fellow (and former Washington Post correspondent) Tom Ricks caught on that there is a delay in the publication of McChrystal’s book due out next month and reached out to McChrystal for response. 

According to Ricks

Word is that McChrystal wrote about a lot of special operations actions. This wasn’t a problem until No Easy Day came out and freaked out everybody in officialdom.

I e-mailed McChrystal to ask about this and got one of those cryptic Special Ops  responses: “Thanks.  Passing this to my publisher.” They didn’t have any immediate comment but said one is forthcoming. 

Ricks also thinks that this might put the publisher in a bind because it likely already printed its first run.

The release of No Easy Day became a point of politics when critics accused the Obama administration, and perhaps President Obama himself, of leaking classified information.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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