Entries in Gen. Stanley McChrystal (2)


Pentagon Review Clears McChrystal in 'Rolling Stone' Controversy

Official White House photo by Pete Souza (file)(WASHINGTON) -- A military investigation has cleared Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his staff of violating military policy in their interactions with a Rolling Stone reporter.

The ensuing article, “The Runaway General,” published in June of 2010, portrayed General and staff frustrated with Washington policymakers and disrespectful of the chain of command. The article led to McCrystal being relieved of command of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and his subsequent retirement from the Army.

But the Pentagon's review of an earlier investigation could not verify many of the claims and anonymous quotes in the article. A six page memo, issued by the Department of Defense Inspector General disagrees with conclusions of an investigation by an Army Inspector General and issues the following two conclusions:

1. The evidence was insufficient to substantiate a violation of applicable DoD standards with respect to any of the incidents on which we focused,

2. Not all of the events at issue occurred as reported in the article. In some instances, we found no witness who acknowledged making or hearing the comments as reported. In other instances, we confirmed that the general substance of an incident at issue occurred, but not in the exact context described in the article.

McChrystal was appointed last week to a new board set up by the White House and First Lady Michelle Obama to help bring stability to the lives of military families.

That appointment was criticized by the mother of Pat Tillman, the former NFL player who was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in April of 2004. McChrystal signed off on a Silver Star citation for Tillman that did not mention he was killed by friendly fire even as he wrote an urgent memo to commanders at the Pentagon making clear Tillman likely was killed by friendly fire. He wrote the urgent memo to preclude and “public embarrassment if the circumstances of Corporal Tillman's death become public.”

The Pentagon Inspector General cleared McChrystal of any wrongdoing in that instance as well.

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Michelle Obama Defends Choice of McChrystal for Families Initiative

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- First lady Michelle Obama is defending her choice of Gen. Stanley McChrystal as co-chair of a commission to help military families.

“He is the best choice,” Mrs. Obama said Monday on ABC’s The View.

“We wanted to find someone that had the respect of the community --and he does -- and who understands the issues -- and he does.”

McChrystal’s appointment came under fire by Mary Tillman, who says McChrystal helped cover up the friendly fire death of her son, Pat, in Afghanistan.

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