Author Claims Gen. McChrystal not Fit to Command Afghanistan

November 7, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Jon Krakauer, author of “Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman,” in an interview with CNN says, that Gen. McChrystal Commander of U.S. and NATO Forces in Afghanistan is not fit to lead our forces. Krakauer believes McChrystal’s record is blemished by his handling of the friendly fire death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman in 2004 and that he only escaped a court marshal, because of his high rank.

Gen. McChrystal, together with eight additional officers, were cited for discipline after a Pentagon investigation of an alleged cover-up of the circumstances of Tillman’s death by friendly fire. But disciplinary measures were never implemented.

Krakauer condemned McChrystal’s actions in recommending a Silver Star for Tillman, a former NFL player, which is not awarded to victims of friendly fire, when McChrystal knew Tillman’s death was not due to enemy fire. No mention of friendly fire was listed on the citation document.

“I think he has a serious blemish on his record,” Krakauer said. And he went further, stating that McChrystal should not be commanding forces in Afghanistan and may have been sentenced to five years in prison, were he not a general.

“If a lesser officer did what McChrystal did, he would be court marshaled according to Article 107 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, submitting a false official statement,” Krakauer said. “It’s a very serious offense for which you, if you’re found guilty, you can be dishonorably discharged and you can be locked up for five years,” said Krakauer.

During his congressional confirmation hearing, McChrystal testified that he misread the report about Tillman’s cause of death. Krakauer does not find McChrystal’s testimony credible, calling it “preposterous.”

“Someone who is guilty of that kind of offense, and I believe McChrystal is, should not be commander of the forces,” Krakauer said. “It sends a terrible message. I mean, Afghanistan is fighting corruption… And here’s a guy, who five years ago lied to the Senate. He lied to Army investigators. And he submitted this fraudulent document,” Krakauer said.

Gen. McChrystal continues to claim that he simply made an error in not carefully reviewing the Silver Star documents, and believes that Tillman’s courageous actions in combat prior to his tragic death by fratricide warrant a citation.



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