Mother of slain Army Ranger calls for removal of General McChrystal from committee
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Immediately after Tillman's death, the Army announced that his death was a result of enemy fire. General Stanley McChrystal authorized theto be awarded to Tillman posthumously with the citation supporting the claim.
Reports indicate that McChrystal wrote a memo to President George W. Bush stating "if this becomes public this could be an embarrassment to the administration," referring the the actual details of Tillman's death. Mary Tillman believes there was an effort to cover up the true details of her son's death.
Mary Tillman believes McChrystal's handling of the circumstances surrounding the death of her son, makes him unfit to chair a commission that is intended to handle issues regarding military families.
The commission is a low-level White House advisory panel, created by first lady Michelle Obama and second lady Jill Biden. General McChrystal's appointment to lead the commission comes less than a year after President Obama fired the former special operations commander from his position as the top commander for all forces in Afghanistan. General McChrystal was fired at that time for making comments to reporters critical of the President and civilian leadership.
General McChrystal could not be reached for comment.
In a recent press briefing,
- Jake Tapper. "ABC News Exclusive: Pat Tillman’s Mom Wants General Stanley McChrystal Removed From White House Post" — , 14 April 2011
- "Pat Tillman's Mom: McChrystal Helped in Cover-Up" — , 16 Aug 2010
- David Jackson. "Obama's appointment of McChrystal criticized by Tillman family" — , 14 April 2011
- Mara Gay. "Report: Tillman's Mother Wants McChrystal Off Military Families Commission" — , 14 April 2011
- James S. Brady, Press Briefing Room. "Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 4/12/2011" — , 12 April 2011