Pat Tillman deserved better
So do we all. His family has gotten extensive records from the inquiry into his "friendly fire" death, and have found numerous inconsistencies and indications that the incident was really not what it was claimed to be by the administration, who seem to have seen nothing more in his sacrifice than a PR opportunity.
The picture of Tillman that emerges from this story is much more complex than the government and media have given us so far:
- Tillman had plans to meet with Noam Chomsky after returning from Afghanistan.
- Like many of us, Tillman thought 9/11 justified the war in Afghanistan but was deeply opposed to the war in Iraq, at one point calling it "so fucking illegal".
- Another soldier in his platoon says that Tillman had urged him to vote for Kerry in 2004.
Pat Tillman was a more honorable man than George W. Bush will ever hope to be. He is a hero. It is a shame that men who are not fit to have shined his shoes were willing and able to use his death as PR for Bush's illegal war.