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Army Apologizes to Tillman Family

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Posted on Aug 1, 2007
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Nearly three and a half years after Pat Tillman’s death, the Army has issued a formal mea culpa to his family, admitting through Secretary of the Army Pete Geren on Tuesday that his family’s grief “was compounded by the failing of his Army” with respect to its duty to inform families quickly and thoroughly about their losses.

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By ribbie, August 6, 2007 at 1:50 pm Link to this comment

Dear bh,,
Ah, so it’s the MEDIA that is to blame (again)- blowing Tillman’s decision to serve in Afghanistan out of proportion in relation to its real importance.  But wait, doesn’t publicizing his service qualify as covering a “good thing”?  So covering his decision to serve is OK, but covering the circumstances of his death is not- I see…how could I have been so confused?  Maybe we should ask the Iraqi people whether a large percentage of the “bad things” that happen to them every day are actually getting reported.  Events worse than the Virginia Tech massacre take place many times a day in Iraq, but you would never know it from the media coverage in this country.  We are more interested in Hillary’s purported display of cleavage (I’m still looking for it).  Pat Tillman’s visibility was simply too great for the Army to successfully cover up its misconduct and YOU’RE whining because the press actually did its job and COVERED the story?  And if W wasn’t president (and famous) the press wouldn’t cover how disastrous HIS decisions have been.  But you’re right- next time the media should find some poor AVERAGE soldier with a wife and kids that the Army has screwed over by sending him to Iraq for his FOURTH tour without proper rotation periods and cover THAT instead.  Oh, but wait, that would be covering a “bad thing” and we simply can’t have that, can we?

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By Darkhost, August 6, 2007 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment
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I served with Pat and his brother Kevin and I can honestly say that they are (were) genuinely, great Americans who believed in their duty.  Did people they worked with dislike them?  Yes.  Is there more information to be told?  Yes.  Will this apology make all of this go away?  No.  More needs to be said and done about the circumstances at which this tragedy occured…

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By wagonjak, August 5, 2007 at 2:53 pm Link to this comment
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Until the WH stops claiming executive privilege to hide the truth from the Tillman family and the rest of the world, all the apologies in the world mean nothing…

I’m sure the disgraceful spectacle I saw on the CSPAN’s Senate Hearings with Rummy and the Generals infuriated this family even more. Instead of a shred of truth coming out there were lies, evasions, half-truths and blame-passing of the worst kind.

I haven’t heard much from the Tillmans on this…does anyone have links to statements by them after this pathetic spectacle?

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By bh1963, August 5, 2007 at 11:11 am Link to this comment

He wasn’t made a poster boy for recruiting. He was followed by THE MEDIA for giving up a lucrative SPORTS contract to follow his heart and serve in the military. There are folks who do that every day. Tillman was a good man, no doubt, but the media attention to this case is so typical. Report every bad thing that happens and ignore the good. Oh, and for the record - Tillman served in Afghanistan, not Iraq.

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By ribbie, August 5, 2007 at 9:36 am Link to this comment

If he weren’t famous WE wouldn’t care?  The fact that Tillman was famous was the reason he was made a poster-boy for Army recruiting. Why do you think the Army lied about his death in the first place?  Actually, the reason we care is that this is further evidence that this administration will do and say ANYTHING to cover their butts where military misconduct is concerned.  All of you who are committed to “supporting our troops” should be asking how much the Army supported Pat Tillman and his family.

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By bh1963, August 4, 2007 at 7:09 pm Link to this comment

If Tillman wasn’t someone famous, none of you would give a hoot.

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By carlito paquito, August 3, 2007 at 9:37 am Link to this comment
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cooperation now no more competition.

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By ribbie, August 2, 2007 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment

Yet even now there are those who question OUR patriotism when we ask the hard questions about this war- Why are we in Iraq?  What do we hope to accomplish there? Do the Iraqis even WANT us there?  What have our soldiers died for?  Who stands to gain financially and politically from our involvement in Iraq?  What constitutes a “victory” there?  AND WHEN ARE WE GOING TO REALLY “SUPPORT OUR TROOPS” BY GETTING THEM THE HELL OUT OF THE MIDDLE OF THIS CIVIL WAR?  There are a lot of apologies still to be issued to the wives, children and families of these brave men and women.  I won’t be holding my breath until I hear them.

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By samuel burke, August 2, 2007 at 5:20 am Link to this comment
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they are sorry they got caught…call your congressman, make a difference one by one.

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By greenback, August 1, 2007 at 9:21 pm Link to this comment
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Apology not accepted. This is even worse than the cover up. Nothing less than the investigation and prosecution of all those involved in Tillman’s murder and cover up will do. Pat Tillman was probably the most notable hero in our response to 9/11 and the Administration and the Army used him as if he was a piece cheap equipment for their private ambitions. Disgraceful.

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By QuyTran, August 1, 2007 at 7:01 pm Link to this comment

Apology will not bring Tillman back to life, you’re SOBs !

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By tyler, August 1, 2007 at 4:58 pm Link to this comment
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So what the hell?!  Oops, sorry, we killed your son afterall, er, i mean, we knew, but couldn’t tell you, but it some how got out, but not from us, but we’re sorry you found out, oh, and we’re sorry he lost his life, and sorry we did it.  Did I already mention that?

What a joke.

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By vet240, August 1, 2007 at 4:52 pm Link to this comment

We’re so sorry (we got caught). We swear to do better the next time (at not getting caught).
We’re a better more caring military now (not).

We know you’re a stupid, apathetic group of citizens and we have absolutely no respect for your intelligence, courage or willingness to stand and be counted.

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By JG, August 1, 2007 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment
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Not nearly good enough. This was only meant to try and divert or halt the investigation.

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By carlito paquito, August 1, 2007 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment
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better late than never. carlito paquito accepts it.

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By carlito paquito, August 1, 2007 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment
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mea culpa. i accept. in english and spanish. same deal. moving on, stephen colbert style;)

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