From the Washington Post:
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, July 31 — Army Secretary Pete Geren has censured a retired three-star general for misconduct in the investigation of the 2004 “friendly fire” death of former National Football League player and Army Ranger Pat Tillman. Geren also recommended that the general be evaluated for a possible demotion, an extremely rare move.
More from the WaPo article:
Kensinger, who was the commanding general of the U.S. Special Operations Command until his retirement in February 2006, argued against an administrative reprimand. “Never did I lie or would I lie, deceive, or intend to obstruct or mislead in any fashion,” he wrote in an official rebuttal.
From The New York Times:
Pat Tillman became a storybook figure when he decided to forsake a multimillion-dollar career in the National Football League, where he had been a star defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, to enlist in the Army after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
After his death in a remote canyon near the village of Magar, the Army announced that he was killed in combat by Afghan militants, although many officers knew that he had been a casualty of friendly fire. The military waited nearly five weeks before telling his family he was not killed by enemy fire.
Whew!! I sure am glad they finally got to the bottom of this! At last the family can have a little bit of peace. Oops, not so fast! A little bit more from the NYT article:
Representative Henry A. Waxman, the California Democrat who is chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has scheduled a hearing on Corporal Tillman’s death on Wednesday. He has called several top military officials as witnesses, including former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, although it is unclear who will appear.
Mr. Waxman has complained that the White House has improperly withheld some information from the committee citing executive privilege.
And Mr. Tillman’s family has been withering in its criticism of the military. His mother, Mary Tillman, offered a pre-emptive dismissal of Tuesday’s actions, telling a columnist for The Arizona Republic that reports of the possible demotion of General Kensinger and other actions would be “a complete donkey show.”
She said she continued to believe there was some sort of cover-up.
Executive privilege? I guess Pat Tillman gave some advice to Chimpy before he became a victim of fraticide.
I have to go lie down now. My head hurts, almost as much as my heart.