And it was.The former defense secretary, making his first appearance since President Bush sacked him late last year, said:
* He took no personal responsibility for the cover-up of the circumstances behind the death of Corporal Pat Tillman, whom the Pentagon initially said died defending his comrades against an enemy militia in Afghanistan.
* He said that he always told his subordinates to be truthful, so of course they were.
* He evaded the primary reason that Representative Henry Waxman had called the hearing — to ascertain when the White House learned of the coverup of the fact that Tillman died from friendly fire, or has recently been revealed, possibly was murdered.
No personal responsibility? Check.
Lying about not lying? Check.
Evading the big question? Check.
The Army censured Kensinger for "a failure of leadership" and accused him of lying to investigators probing the aftermath of Tillman’s death.
Army Secretary Pete Geren insisted, however, that there was no intentional Pentagon cover-up, and he rejected a suggestion that Rumsfeld knew the circumstances of Tillman’s death before that information became public.