Pat Tillman’s Mother Tried to Warn Obama about McChrystal

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


The mother of the slain football player and Army Ranger Pat Tillman, Mary Tillman reached out and tried to warn President Obama against making Stanley McChrystal his commander on the ground in Afghanistan.

According to an article by Ben Stein appearing in Politico:

Mary Tillman said in an unpublished interview this year that she wrote to Obama and called Senators and members of Congress seeking to block McChrystal’s appointment when she learned that he was under consideration for the post.

She called the lack of deliberation in his appointment “disgusting” in the interview, given before today’s Rolling Stone article spurred intense tension between the general and the White House.  An audio recording of the interview was provided to POLITICO by the interviewer, who asked to remain anonymous.

Mary Tillman received no response from the Obama White House to the letter and little response to her contacts with members of Congress.

Stanley McChrystal was accused of involvement in covering up of the fact that Tillman had been shot by his own comrades, having approved a citation for a posthumous medal that attributed his death to “enemy fire,” though the general also penned a memo warning the White House against describing the details of Tillman’s death for fear of future embarrassment.

An official investigation blamed Stanley McChrystal for “inaccurate and misleading assertions” in the formal recommendation of Tillman for a Silver Star.

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8 Responses to Pat Tillman’s Mother Tried to Warn Obama about McChrystal

  1. feminazi says:

    All of this is very disturbing. Does President Obama answer to Gen. McChrystal or does Gen. McChrystal answer to President Obama? The president cannot fear these career, military thugs. The Pat Tillman cover-up was bound to come back and his Obama in the butt. I suspect this was ultimately Robert Gates urging.

  2. Big Hank says:

    The two biggest mistakes in judgment from Obama have been:

    1. Robert Gates
    2. Stan McChrystal

    But, this can change and there is still time for Obama to clean house and make the tough decisions about the military he’s apparently unsure of. No one is born a president — they become president.

  3. Rachel says:

    So conditions in Afghanistan are deteriorating even as I write this, with American deaths skyrocketing, and President Obama’s man-on-the-ground basically called him a clown, and was involved in the cover up of the death of Pat Tillman? Is this what an LSD trip is supposed to be like? Seriously, wake me when it’s over.

  4. Harry says:

    What a mess.

  5. Peace Nick says:

    I know little about the military but what I can’t wrap my brain around is, how could President Obama keep someone on who says the military mission in Afghanistan may take 10 years but the president says the troops must begin coming home by Aug. 2010?

    Clearly, these two men are not on the same page.

  6. TOM339 says:

    It’s even worse than Peach Nick describes.

    McChrystal was running around Europe and the US Congress, blathering about the need for 50,000 more combat troops for Afghanistan BEFORE Mr. Obama had finished his review with his national security team.

    This is not how things are supposed to work in the military. McChrystal violated a time-honored respect for the chain of command.

  7. lea-lea says:

    Christopher – MSNBC just confirmed what you reported yesterday in the previous post.

    President Obama will make the announcement in the hour but McChrystal was fired. David Patraeus will replace McChrystal in Afghanistan.

  8. Clearity says:

    Is it that easy to trick you people? Are we as Americans that lazy that we just believe every thing that’s written? PEOPLE, Pat Tillman died in 2004; President Obama would have been in his second term of office by now if he was in office at that time. President G. W. Bush was in office.
    PLEASE PEOPLE, do your research and don’t just believe everything; or you can by this bridge I’m selling that goes over Lake Notareal from Arizona to Texas and California.

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