Disgrace

I’m just sick about what’s finally coming out about the death of Pat Tillman. Turns out that “friendly fire” might be a pseudonym for “murder”.

Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman’s forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player’s death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

“The medical evidence did not match up with the, with the scenario as described,” a doctor who examined Tillman’s body after he was killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2004 told investigators.

The doctors — whose names were blacked out — said that the bullet holes were so close together that it appeared the Army Ranger was cut down by an M-16 fired from a mere 10 yards or so away.

Of course, the death of a man like Pat Tillman, whether an accident or murder, did not fit into the carefully constructed, media-ready narrative of the football hero who gave up money and fame to volunteer in Afghanistan, then died heroically while fighting off Osama bin Laden and 500 Al Qaeda soldiers armed with rocket launchers. (A little snark there.) The Bush Administration wanted heroes to inspire war support, so it did what it always does when it doesn’t like reality – it created its own real-ish reality.

The Pentagon and the Bush administration have been criticized in recent months for lying about the circumstances of Tillman’s death. The military initially told the public and the Tillman family that he had been killed by enemy fire. Only weeks later did the Pentagon acknowledge he was gunned down by fellow Rangers.

I read a Stephen King book once where he described evil as basically unimaginative. It keeps coming back, in various forms, but when it appears, it always proceeds the same way. That’s how you can tell it’s evil – it never grows, it never changes, and of course, what results from its actions is ultimately horror and death.

Remind you of anyone?

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One response to “Disgrace

  1. Murder, cover-up, and pentagon officials lie about it all.

    Time to pull the Clinton cards out from their greasy sleeves.