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Remembering Pat Tillman—and the Questions Left Unanswered
Posted on Apr 21, 2014
Ten years ago Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan, and the circumstances of his death continue to raise questions a decade later.
Tillman was an NFL player who turned down millions of dollars after 9/11 so he could enlist, believing that not only the desperate should fight for their country. He was sent, along with his brother Kevin, to Iraq and Afghanistan.
(If you haven’t read Kevin’s extraordinary public letter, “After Pat’s Birthday,” do so now.)
Although Pat was killed by friendly fire, the Bush administration pushed the story that he had been involved in a heroic firefight. While Tillman’s heroism is not in doubt, the Bush administration’s cover-up, allegedly approved by then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, brought additional pain and suffering to Tillman’s family.
Here is a sampling:
One of our favorite sports writers, Dave Zirin, has picked up on these questions with a new piece in The Nation.
We are well aware that America murders innocents abroad, and we generally think of those poor souls who appear as bug splats to a drone operator. Ten years after Pat Tillman was killed by a comrade, let us also remember that America sometimes exploits her young for useless wars and propaganda to justify them, that in the home of the brave, cowards in government sometimes abuse the families that raise the brave, and continue to get away with it.
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer
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