The House Oversight Committee has sent requests to the White House and Pentagon asking for all documents related to the death of Pat Tillman. The committee is investigating why the Army misrepresented the circumstances of the Ranger's death. Key to that effort is a letter sent by a top general urging Gen. John Abizaid to warn the White House.
A memo addressed to Gen. John Abizaid revealed that Pat Tillman's death probably involved "friendly fire" and warned that the president could embarrass himself by claiming other circumstances. The document, dated seven days after Tillman was killed in Afghanistan, implicates higher-ranking officers than those cited by a military investigation into a possible cover-up.
According to ABC News, the president intends to replace Gen. Bob Casey, who currently oversees the Iraq war, with Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, and when Gen. John Abizaid retires in March, Bush will ask Adm. William Fallon to take over Central Command. Leave it to Bush to find someone from the Navy to oversee two ground wars.
Gen. John Abizaid, head of U.S. Central Command and the military chief of the Iraq fiasco, will retire in March. Though officials say Abizaid tendered his retirement before Rumsfeld was pushed out, his departure will allow Defense Secretary Robert Gates and President Bush more flexibility in their Iraq makeover, as Abizaid has been a dogged opponent of increasing troop levels.
Gen John Abizaid told the Senate Armed Services Committee that troop levels should not be changed in Iraq, but that Iraqis themselves ought to bear responsibility for the nation's security Sen Hillary Clinton responded with a smackdown: "Hope is not a strategy I have heard over and over again the Iraqi government must do this, the Iraqi army must do that Nobody disagrees with that The brutal fact is, it is not happening".
Gen John Abizaid, commander of the US Central Command, told a congressional committee this morning that "the sectarian violence is probably as bad as I?ve seen it in Baghdad in particular, and if not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move toward civil war" .