In any case, as Marc Ambinder notes, JSOC might now have its day in the Congressional sun. McChrystal must be confirmed by the Senate, and some senators are curious about JSOC. But Ambinder isn’t hopeful that the Senate will render Hersh’s book deal irrelevant.

Knowing how savvy the Defense Secretary is, it’s hard to imagine that McChrystal would have gotten the appointment if he’d been mixed up in potential misconduct or extra-legal behavior that Congress could uncover. The only public blight on McChrystal’s record is his role in the cover-up of Army Ranger Pat Tillman’s death. Congress will be interested to hear him speak about this — it’s hard to get the JSOC commander to testify in public, which was why McChrystal has not spoken about the affair in public — but his confirmation will probably not be jeopardized by this incident alone.

Regardless, JSOC is poised for a return to the news cycle. To the chagrin of New Yorker editors everywhere, that means Hersh is, too.

Kathy Gilsinan is the associate editor at World Politics Review