General McChrystal may have sparked a diplomatic spat with his off-guard comments about senior government figures - but at its heart is a story about an employee slagging off his superiors and colleagues. Is that really such a bad thing?
"Oh, not another e-mail from X... I don't even want to open it."
"Here's one that covers his flank for the history books."
"I'd rather have my ass kicked by a roomful of people than go out to this [work] dinner."
Sound familiar? The sentiments behind these complaints surely will, even if few of us grumble about senior diplomats, foreign dignitaries and officials in the Obama administration, as the top US military commander in Afghanistan has done.