Filmmaker Says McChrystal Part of Pat Tillman Cover Up, Surprised at His Obama Remarks

By Hollie McKay

Published June 24, 2010

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Gen. Stanley McChrystal (left) and a promotional poster for the film ‘The Tillman Story’

Soon after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, pro football star Pat Tillman surrendered his multimillion-dollar NFL contract, left behind his wife, Marie, and joined the United States Army Rangers, where he completed multiple combat tours.

On April 22, 2004, while serving in the mountains of Afghanistan, Tillman was shot dead in what the U.S. government initially said was a result of enemy fire from a hostile ambush near the border with Pakistan. But it ultimately emerged that Tillman was, in fact, shot by his fellow soldiers, and details surrounding the motives and circumstances behind his death remain a source of great controversy.

In his new documentary, “The Tillman Story,” filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev explores these controversies and the roles numerous high-powered political and military figures played in falsely reporting how Tillman died and turning his killing into what his mother, Dannie Tillman, called a “recruiting” tool for the U.S Army.  Read more…

The Runaway General

Stanley McChrystal, Obama’s top commander in Afghanistan, has seized control of the war by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The wimps in the White House

…Andrew Wilder, an expert at Tufts University who has studied the effect of aid in southern Afghanistan. “A tsunami of cash fuels corruption, delegitimizes the government and creates an environment where we’re picking winners and losers” – a process that fuels resentment and hostility among the civilian population. So far, counterinsurgency has succeeded only in creating a never-ending demand for the primary product supplied by the military: perpetual war. There is a reason that President Obama studiously avoids using the word “victory” when he talks about Afghanistan. Winning, it would seem, is not really possible. Not even with Stanley McChrystal in charge.

Nor is it desired by the ol’ boys club, as many analysts have dared to openly state, recently…

By James Corum World Last updated: June 24th, 2010

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Barack Obama leads General Petraeus to yesterday's White House  press conference (Photo: AP)Barack Obama leads General Petraeus to yesterday’s White House press conference (Photo: AP)

General Stanley McChrystal was the right man for Afghanistan. He was one of the few in the top military ranks who understood counterinsurgency. Unfortunately, he had to go and spoil it all. He and his staff had a mass stupidity attack and shot off their mouths to a freelance Rolling Stone reporter who gleefully printed critical comments about President Obama, Obama’s special envoy Richard Holbrooke and Ambassador Karl Eikenberry. McChrystal has done stupid things with the press before, so his relief of command was required.

I can only wonder why generals do such things. This reminds me of 1990, when US Air Force chief of staff General Michael Dugan told journalists how the Air Force was going to win the Gulf War alone and how the Israelis were helping the Americans with intelligence. In one stroke he offended both the US military and the Arab allies who were critical for the war effort. He was sacked immediately and rightly so.

Perhaps when you reach four-star rank or high political status you are surrounded by so many sycophants that you lose your sense of perspective. Perhaps top generals and political appointees believe they are so indispensible that they can do anything they want. In any case, a young journalist – certainly no Bob Woodward – found it easy to pry some amazing comments out of McChrystal and his staff.  Read more…

By Gerald Warner World Last updated: June 23rd, 2010

Barack Obama has handled the issue of General Stanley McChrystal as cack-handedly as his mismanagement of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. While it is true that generals owe a duty of respect to their commander-in-chief, the consensus among those who have read the offending interview in Rolling Stone magazine is that McChrystal did not overstep the mark as badly as had been rumoured, though his aides were certainly at fault. The President was within his rights to call in McChrystal for an explanation; but there were very special circumstances obtaining in this case.