Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Why Pat Tillman deserved better


It's good to see the tragic death of former professional football player Pat Tillman back in the news. His death should be a reminder of how incompetent and immoral our current government is in its handling of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In fact, I hope history hangs Rumsfeld on his most famous phrase: "We go to war with the Army we have, not always the one we'd like..."

When it's a war of choice in which we set the dates for going to war, that statement is completely baffling. We had months and years to plan a successful war, to get production underway to give our soldiers good protective equipment. But no...they wanted to rush to war in Iraq while Afghanistan faded to the background for lack of good targets. As one Administration official supposedly complained...why waste a multi-million dollar missile to hit a camel's ass when Iraq was rich in industrial targets.

When Pat Tillman died a few years back, our government found a convenient hero's story to hype. And yes, Pat Tillman is a hero. He gave up a million dollar contract playing professional football to serve our country after the 9/11 attacks. How many celebrities and politicians are willing to do that these days? He was remarkable and unique in making that sacrifice to serve. So, Pat Tillman is most definitely a hero. Unfortunately, his life was wasted in our incompetent wars. Granted, all wars have some friendly fire casualties and it always made me wonder and even ask people: would you rather be killed by an enemy's bullet or by one from your own countrymen? Friendly fire is bad enough. Thus, the cover-up. It was an election year, after all. It just wouldn't help the recruiting effort if it became known that the famous football star who gave up his million dollar career to join the Army and fight in Afghanistan was killed by friendly fire. Who'd line up at the recruiter's office upon hearing that news?!? I can totally understand why the Army wanted to cover it up. But, that still doesn't make it right.

What Pat Tillman's death proves to me is how dishonorable our leaders are. How cowardice they are. How unscrupulous and immoral. We've seen how they smear the war records of people like McCain, Gore, Kerry, Murtha, and Cleland...all men who sacrificed and served in a war zone...while none of them, the dirty bastards that they are, fought in war themselves. They pump up heroes like Pat Tillman when it's convenient, but in death, they lie about the circumstances for fear of losing the ideological war against the American people. When are people going to wake up? This administration is not worth fighting for, much less dying for! Pat Tillman's life was worth more than that. He is a far more honorable man than Bush, Rove, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Rush, O'Reilly, and all the other cowardice rats of the administration could ever dream of being. Pat Tillman definitely deserved better than what he got...which was an Army the administration doesn't particularly care much about. After Walter Reed scandal, we have seen just how the administration really thinks of the military...not much, unfortunately for those who are stuck in the Army we currently got. We owe it to all of them to end this ridiculous conflict before more tragedies occur.

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