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The Tillmans hate America

After reading this,

Former NFL player Pat Tillman’s family is lashing out against the Army, saying that the military’s investigations into Tillman’s friendly-fire death in Afghanistan last year were a sham and that Army efforts to cover up the truth have made it harder for them to deal with their loss.

More than a year after their son was shot several times by his fellow Army Rangers on a craggy hillside near the Pakistani border, Tillman’s mother and father said in interviews that they believe the military and the government created a heroic tale about how their son died to foster a patriotic response across the country. They say the Army’s “lies” about what happened have made them suspicious, and that they are certain they will never get the full story.

“Pat had high ideals about the country; that’s why he did what he did,” Mary Tillman said in her first lengthy interview since her son’s death. “The military let him down. The administration let him down. It was a sign of disrespect. The fact that he was the ultimate team player and he watched his own men kill him is absolutely heartbreaking and tragic. The fact that they lied about it afterward is disgusting.”

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Patrick Tillman Sr. believes he will never get the truth, and he says he is resigned to that now. But he wants everyone in the chain of command, from Tillman’s direct supervisors to the one-star general who conducted the latest investigation, to face discipline for “dishonorable acts.” He also said the soldiers who killed his son have not been adequately punished.

“Maybe lying’s not a big deal anymore,” he said. “Pat’s dead, and this isn’t going to bring him back. But these guys should have been held up to scrutiny, right up the chain of command, and no one has.”

That their son was famous opened up the situation to problems, the Tillmans say, in part because of the devastating public relations loss his death represented for the military. Mary Tillman says the government used her son for weeks after his death, perpetuating an untrue story to capitalize on his altruism — just as the Abu Ghraib prison scandal was erupting publicly. She said she was particularly offended when President Bush offered a taped memorial message to Tillman at a Cardinals football game shortly before the presidential election last fall. She again felt as though her son was being used, something he never would have wanted.

“Every day is sort of emotional,” Mary Tillman said. “It just keeps slapping me in the face. To find that he was killed in this debacle — everything that could have gone wrong did — it’s so much harder to take. We should not have been subjected to all of this. This lie was to cover their image. I think there’s a lot more yet that we don’t even know, or they wouldn’t still be covering their tails.

“If this is what happens when someone high profile dies, I can only imagine what happens with everyone else.”

…we have to wonder how soon the Right Wing will start trashing Tillman’s parents.

On cue, Free Republic obliges:

Accidents happen in war, part of the “game”. I was in the Army over 30 years ago. These parents have no clue. Their willingness to join the dark side show they aren’t made of any “steel”. I hope they are happy helping our enemies.

6 posted on 05/22/2005 9:39:55 PM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)

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To: drt1

Sad to see that they are allying themselves with those who hate their son. I doubt if that is what he would have wanted.

12 posted on 05/22/2005 9:48:40 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)

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To: drt1

The army is evil. The pentagon is evil. The administration is evil. America is evil.

But the folks that mocked their son and belittled their son and called him names not worth repetition because he left athletics to serve his country are not evil, apparently, because the parents have joined with them.

I respect their son’s service. HE is a hero.

I respect their pain.

I do not respect their reaction to pain. I have had my fill of parents presuming to speak for their children against the choice they made to serve their country. They can speak, but I refuse to listen any longer.

13 posted on 05/22/2005 9:51:55 PM PDT by Soul Seeker

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I’m sorry, but this smells and it’s not the military

The father is calling the men that served with Tilman, murders
17 posted on 05/22/2005 9:58:17 PM PDT by Mo1 (Hey GOP —- Not one Dime till Republicans grow a Spine !!)

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