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McChrystal's Credibility Problem Ignored By Media

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Shortly after President Obama nominated Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal to command U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, the general was summoned to the U.S. Senate to be grilled by the Armed Services Committee. Although McChrystal had enthusiastic admirers on both sides of the congressional aisle and was regarded as an innovative, uncommonly effective leader, he was expected to face difficult questions about two incidents that occurred during his tenure as leader of the Joint Special Operations Command (or JSOC): the torture of detainees in 2003 at the secret facility in Iraq known as Camp Nama, and his role in the coverup of Pat Tillman's fratricide in Afghanistan in 2004. During the committee hearing, though, none of McChrystal's inquisitors probed deeply into either of these issues, and on June 10 the Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination.

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