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Upcoming Pat Tillman Film Will Give Gen. McChrystal Retirement Blues

We predicted some time ago that the upcoming release of the documentary The Tillman Story will make Gen. Stanley McChrystal (among others) look bad, and that sense seems to be spreading based on comments by those who have seen the film.

The latest report comes from Newsweek: "After Tillman's death, McChrystal, who doesn't appear in the film, was involved in the decision to award Tillman a posthumous silver star for valor, based on the report that he had died under enemy fire. McChrystal then sent a memo to several top generals and to White House personnel warning that there might be questions about Tillman's death and cautioning speechwriters against making direct reference to what happened the day Tillman died in President Bush's speech for the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

"One of the most disheartening scenes in the film is the footage from a 2007 Congressional hearing featuring recipients of McChrystal's memo. One by one, the military brass, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, come up with one excuse or another for why they, literally, "didn't get the memo." (General John Abizaid blames a faulty fax machine—a crazy notion until you realize that this is the Army.) No one, including McChrystal, takes responsibility for the alleged cover-up; the Army continues to insist blame lies solely with Lt. General Phillip Kensinger, who was in charge of the Army Rangers and is conveniently the only general involved in the situation who is retired."

Follow the link above to read full article plus nine-minute video on TIllman's life story. Trailer for the upcoming film below:

 

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