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26 Sep 2005

Tillman's Family Demands the Truth

I went for an early-morning walk today and wore my Pat Tillman jersey. There is no player in the history of football I admire more than Tillman, and when I read this article today I came to admire him, and his family, even more. I think I'll put my Tillman jersey back on when I get home tonight.

Posted by: Michael David Smith on 26 Sep 2005

8 comments, Last at 27 Sep 2005, 1:50am by RowdyRoddyPiper


by TMK (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 1:20pm

I have to get a Tillman jersey more than ever. It's rare that the more you know about a person, the MORE heroic and admirable he becomes. If there is a finer definition of duty than his example, I do not know of it.

by ex soldier (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 2:33pm

an an ex soldier, there is no limit to the anger I feel over military/pentagon brass cynically using Tillman's death for their PR needs, then running over the facts when they do not fit the story.

Little guys can go to prison for peanuts; shoplifting, a drink, a joint. the big guys can cheat, lie, send soldiers to die, for plump promotions and jobs.

oh yeah, do not forget to support our troops, whatever that REALLY means.

by Dman (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 3:05pm

This is the one football player whom I think richly deserves the title "hero".

by Ex Sailor (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 3:07pm

It's a shame that to get to the top in our armed services you have to be the ultimate politician. These appointments usually come at the expense of the truth. I think for many in those positions the cover up has become an automatic response. God bless all of you who place your lives on the line anyway, not for Generals and Admirals but for all of us.

by Gatts (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 3:45pm

You know you're a Ragin' Cajun when you read this headline and wonder what all the hub-bub is about Charles Tillman.

That said, I greatly admire Pat Tillman. I also hate what he's become.

by princeton73 (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 4:19pm

this book

which was published about 30 years ago (and then made into a TV movie) decribed how difficult it was/is for parents to obtain accurate information from the army concerning death by friendly fire

it's not something the armed forces likes to talk about

by gbush (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 6:49pm

there is no limit to the anger I feel over military/pentagon brass cynically using Tillman’s death for their PR needs, quoted
ahh, what about the soldier, 'jessica' that was rescued and it was videotaped, if GB's daughters were in that unit we never would have invaded IRAQ! Propaganda, Patriotism/Nationalism diverts all attention from total incompetence!!

by RowdyRoddyPiper (not verified) :: Tue, 09/27/2005 - 1:50am

Great person, great piece. It's really a crying shame that something this tragic is used so cynically to promote an agenda. What's even worse is that facts are ignored, misrepresented or outright covered up to keep on message. The pain of losing a son, should not be compounded by the heartless co-opting of his memory to further something that by all accounts he didn't support. I was torn between LT and Moss Jersey's for the Nephews' back to school gifts, but this sells me.

The more quotes I see from Ann Coulter, the more I wish she'd do me a favor and enlist. If anyone here has been watching "Over There" (Great show, except for the painful out sequence with the horrible theme song at the end, call it cop rock's bastard child) you'd know that there's definitely a place for sultry blondes that lack judgement in post Saddam Iraq.