Michael Hastings, a great young journalist whose reporting from Afghanistan for Rolling Stone ended the active career of Gen. Stanley McChrystal and whose excelllent book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America‚Äôs War in Afghanistan limned in vivid detail the futility and madness of our Afghanistan intervention, died today in a car crash in Los Angeles at age 33, according to a report from BuzzFeed.

I interviewed Hastings in Reason's June 2012 issue. He and his future reporting will be missed.