Name: Stanley A. McChrystal
Born: August 14, 1954
Profession: U.S. Army General
Positions and Roles within the Bush Regime and Obama Administration:
- 2001 - appointed Chief of Staff of Military Operations in Afghanistan.
- 2003-2008 - commanded the Pentagon's Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the military's special operations forces. These are the military's clandestine forces that carry out raids into other countries, perform assassinations and commit other covert war crimes.
- 2006 - in charge of a task force that abused detainees and used torture during interrogation at Baghdad's Camp Nama. 34 members of the task force were disciplined and five Army Rangers were ultimately convicted of prisoner abuse at Camp Nama.
- 2007 - in a March report by the Department of Defense, the Inspector General singled McChrystal out for his role in the cover-up of the cause of death of ex-NFL star and US soldier Pat Tillman. The report faulted McChrystal for failing to immediately notify Tillman's family of the military's suspicions that Tillman's death was the result of “friendly fire.” McChrystal was one of eight officers recommended for discipline by the Pentagon investigation but the Army took no action against him.
- 2009 - July 2010 Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the Commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A). He commands NATO and all US forces in Afghanistan. Shortly after taking over, he launched the largest US offensive (Operation Khanjar) in that war since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.
War crime charge(s):
- Complicity in the commission of a war crime – plunder of public and private property, failure to protect civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.
- Complicity in the commission of a war crime – assassinations and other black operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and likely Syria and Iran. Much of his career is highly classified to hide the various war crimes of the U.S.
This is what Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh had to say describing McChrystal's role in what he calls an "executive assassination wing" of the military's joint special-operations command that Hersh claims reported directly to former Vice President Cheney's office (NPR, March 30, 2009):
"The man who ran that operation was promoted by George Bush a few years ago to be in charge of all operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His name is Stan McChrystal. And so since you now have somebody inside the Joint Chiefs of Staff who used to run the program, the idea that these operations aren't known to the military is sort of silly. Of course they are."