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"He Who Shall Not Be Fact Checked" (January 28, 2010; Draft Revision 1/15/11)

"He Who Shall Not Be Fact Checked" (January 28, 2010; Draft Revision 1/15/11)

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Published by Guy Montag
Expansion of 10-31-09 "Where Men Win Glory -- Andrew Exum, CNAS, and the Whitewash of General McChrystal's Role in the Cover-Up of Pat Tillman's Friendly-Fire Death". Centered on his blog postings at Abu Mugawama, and my "fisking" comments in response.

Also describes the role of Senator James Webb and the New York Time's Pentagon reporter Thom Shanker's role in the cover-up.
Expansion of 10-31-09 "Where Men Win Glory -- Andrew Exum, CNAS, and the Whitewash of General McChrystal's Role in the Cover-Up of Pat Tillman's Friendly-Fire Death". Centered on his blog postings at Abu Mugawama, and my "fisking" comments in response.

Also describes the role of Senator James Webb and the New York Time's Pentagon reporter Thom Shanker's role in the cover-up.

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The Center for a New American Security
’s
(CNAS) Andrew Exum and the Whitewash of Gen. Stanley
McChrystal’s Role in the Cover
-
Up of Pat Tillman’s Friendl
y-Fire Death
*** INCOMPLETE DRAFT POSTED 4-13-11** Guy Montag @ feralfirefighter.blogspot.com 
January 15, 2011
[Rough Draft 10-31-09]
Nathaniel Fick, CEO CNAS General Stanley McChrystal
 
Andrew Exum, CNAS Fellow
 
―The bottom line is, nothing is ever going to heal the wounds inflicted on the Tillman Family … And
while I
have nothing but respect for the Tillman Family…, their personal grief should not be a veto on th
enomination of the man [Gen. Stanley McChrystal] the president, the Secretary of Defense, and GeneralPetraeus all feel gives the United States and its allie
s the best chance of victory in Afghanistan … These
are serious questions and are more important than either the death of Pat Tillman or the alleged abuse of 
detainees.‖
-- A
ndrew Exum, ―Confirm Him‖ (June 2, 20
09)
―When reporting as a ―journalist‘ for the army, you quickly learn there is no news but good news. … I put my Ivy League English degree to use writing shallow propaganda. … I made it a game to see just
 
how falsely positive I could be. … the Dept
. of Public Affairs in Washington DC named me one of the
army‘s ―Outstanding Journalists.‖ … I had earned my first medal from the army for writing in anewspaper.‖
 -- Andrew Ex
um, ―This Man‘s Army‖ (2004)―They ought to make a movie about this. Mr. Smith comes to Washington.‖ ―Yeah, I called my pa lastnight and he says, ―Judd boy, you been up there with them muck 
-a-mucks two days, now. Did theyteach you how to
lie
yet?
 --
Senator James Webb, ―A Country Such As This‖ (1983)
 
 
He Who Shall Not Be Fact Checked2
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page #:
ForewordLetter to Nathaniel Fick, CEO CNAS
[Draft: October 31, 2009]
 
. . .
Spring 2009:
―Generation Kill‖
53June 2, 2009:
―Confirm Him
[Gen. Stanley McChrystal]
58June/July 2009:
―Abu Muqawama Goes All Mushy on McChrystal‖
81
. . .
Sept. 13, 2009:
―Blame to Share on a Book Review‖
85Nov. 2, 2009:
―On
Martial Virtue ... and Selling 98
Jon Krakauer's Crappy New Book‖
 Nov. 9, 2009:
He Who Shall Not Be Fact Checked
124Nov. 23, 2009:
―Public Service Announcement‖
146
. . .
May 28, 2010:
"Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Et Religione Mori‖
151June 23, 2010:
―L'Affair Rolling Stan‖
158July 13, 2010: Roy Exum:
―I Refuse to Watch It‖
169Dec. 13, 2010:
―Throwing My Shoe at Bob Woodwar 
d
Not
177
. . .
“SEMPER FIDELIS
!
 
 –―Maybe It Had Been Trash from the Get
-
Go, Myths to Feed the Public‖
 
184
 
 
He Who Shall Not Be Fact Checked3
APPENDICES
Page #:
A:
“Generation Kill”
 
The 'It' Think Tank 
(June 7, 2009)
CNAS Annual Conference
(June 10, 2009)
  A Warrior and a Wonk 
[CNAS CEO Nate Fick]
 
(Oct. 20, 2009)
 #42!
(Oct. 13, 2009)
  AM Founder Andrew Exum Joins CNAS
(March 16, 2009)
  Leading Counterinsurgency Blog Launched on CNAS
(June 8, 2009)
 Notes from
“This Man‟s Army”
(
Andrew Exum,
 
2004)
 
B:
“Confirm Him”
 
McChrystal Represents a New Direction…
(May 18, 2009)
  McKiernan Out, McChrystal In
(May 12, 2009)
 Commander's Intent: Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal
(May 12, 2009)
  Nom
ination …
Revives Questions in Tillman Case.
(May 26, 2009)
 Did They Teach You How to Lie Yet ?
[Senator Webb] (May 27, 2009)
Confirm Him
(June 2, 2009)
 
Gen. McChrystal‟s
Senate Confirmation Hearing
(June 2, 2009)
 
C:
“Lies Borne Out by Facts … If Not the Truth”
 
 Nominee To Command USAF Stresses Civilian Safety
(June 2, 2009)
Killing Bad Guys Civilians
(June 3, 2009)
 Lies Borne Out by Facts … If Not the Truth
 
(Sept. 11, 2009)
 
 NYT‟s
Thom Shanker Joins CNAS as Writer in Residence
(Oct. 15, 2009)
Civil-Military Relations in the Obama Era
(May 17, 2010)
 Journalist FAIL
(June 15, 2010)
 Rolling Stone
(June 22, 2010)
 Beers on the Table
(June 25, 2010)
 A New Standard for Objective Journalism at the CJR?
(Aug. 2, 2010)
 Incorporating DA Special Operations into COIN 
(Aug. 2, 2010)
On Bacevich, Part I 
(Sept. 6, 2010)

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