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Mary Tillman said in an unpublished interview this year that she wrote to Obama and called Senators and members of Congress seeking to block McChrystal’s appointment when she learned that he was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